Ripon College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college located in the historic city of Ripon, Wisconsin. Established in 1851 as a college preparatory school, in 1863 the institution converted into a four-year college, graduating its first class – which included a number of female students – shortly thereafter. Today, Ripon College is situated on a beautiful tree-line campus of 250 acres in the friendly and safe community of Ripon. More than two dozen buildings dot the College’s campus, ten of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A sustainable campus, Ripon College is also home to the Ceresco Prairie Conservatory which consists of 130 acres of native prairie, oak savanna and wetland habitat in the making.
Academic ProgramsRipon College’s mission is to prepare “students of diverse interests for lives of productive, socially responsible citizenship.” The College’s mission statement continues, “Our liberal arts curriculum and residential campus create an intimate learning community in which students experience a richly personalized education.” Ripon College is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1928.
Ripon College offers a variety of undergraduate degrees and provides a four-year graduation guarantee to all students who maintain a good academic standing. Major programs are available in the areas of Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Communication, Economics, Educational Studies, English, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science/Athletic Training, Foreign Languages, Global Studies, Government Service, History, Journalism, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Library and Information Science, Mathematics, Military Leadership, Ministry, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physical Science, Politics and Government, Psychobiology, Psychology, Recreation Physical Education, Religion, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Sports Management, Studio Art, and Theatre. Several pre-professional programs are also offered as is the option to create a self-designed major under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.
Student LifeRipon College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 800, all of whom are undergraduate students. Students are highly encouraged to reside on campus as the residential experience is viewed as an integral part of life at Ripon College. More than half a dozen residence halls providing students with a variety of living options; first-year students are typically housed together in groups smaller than twenty. A Themed Living option is also available, allowing students who share a common interest to live together on the same floor or dormitory. In addition to room options, Ripon College also offers a variety of dining and meal plan options, designed to offer convenience, flexibility, and affordability to students.
Ripon College recognizes more than 60 student run clubs, catering to interests ranging from pre-professional to paintballing and everything in between. Students are encouraged to lead in these programs which provide ample opportunity for students to interact with one another outside of the classroom. An NCAA Division III school, Ripon College’s intercollegiate teams compete in the Midwest Conference.