Ripon College is a private undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college located in the historic city of Ripon, Wisconsin.
Founded in 1851 by Former New York State Legislator David Mapes and townspeople, Ripon College has a long tradition of excellence in facilitating transformational interdisciplinary learning within its beautiful century-old buildings and in communities near and far. The intentionally small residential campus enrolls some 1,000 bright, high-achieving men and women from nearly every state and from countries around the world.
All courses are taught by faculty members, 97 percent of whom hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their chosen field. Students benefit from intimate class sizes, averaging a student-to-faculty ratio of 11.5:1. An overwhelming majority of students — 95 percent — indicate they are satisfied or very satisfied with the amount of attention they receive from faculty, who also provide direct academic, career and co-curricular advising and collaborate on serious research pursuits.
The rigorous liberal arts and sciences curriculum and active residential campus prepares students of diverse interests for lives of productive, socially responsible citizenship. Coursework challenges students to examine questions in-depth, identify patterns of logic and reasoning, think critically, consider multiple contexts and pursue independent research and present before real audiences.
We are proud of the national recognition our academic programs receive. Most recently, the ROTC program to which Ripon’s unit belongs was named the top in the north-central United States; and our Department of Communication was named the best in overall excellence in the nation.
Ripon graduates achieve success early in a variety of roles, and have earned notoriety at the highest levels of national and international government, politics, medicine, finance, the arts, business and in a host of other professional fields. An incredible 96 percent of graduates are employed, student teaching or in professional school within six months of graduating and our six-year acceptance rate to medical school is 71 percent – better than the national average.