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Ripon College: Narrative Description


300 Seward St., PO Box 248
Ripon, WI 54971
Tel: (920)748-8115
Free: 800-947-4766
Admissions: (920)748-8185
Fax: (920)748-7243
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1851. Setting: 250-acre small town campus with easy access to Milwaukee. Endowment: $38.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $61,659. Educational spending 2003-04: $8392 per student. Total enrollment: 927. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 959 applied, 82% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 57% from top quarter, 87% from top half. Full-time: 904 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 23 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 13 other countries, 24% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 1% 25 or older, 90% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; education; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, double major, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at American University, Newberry Library, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Chicago, Associated Colleges of the Midwest Wilderness Field Station. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $26,090 includes full-time tuition ($20,490), mandatory fees ($240), and college room and board ($5360). College room only: $2530. Part-time tuition: $825 per credit. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 45 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 55% of eligible men and 21% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Environmental Group, Student Senate, Community Service Coalition, SMAC (Student Media and Activities Committee). Major annual events: Springfest, Winterfest, Frisbee Golf Tournament. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 944 college housing spaces available; 740 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Lane Library with 163,615 books, 23,820 microform titles, 939 serials, 376 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $356,195. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Students who select Ripon seek a small-town community and enjoy the recreational opportunities of Green Lake. In east central Wisconsin, the town is a one and one-half hour drive to Madison and Milwaukee, and 3 hours from Chicago. Various community groups encourage student participation in service-oriented activities.

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