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International Applicant FAQs

How does Ripon College define “international student?”

Ripon College recognizes that there are many types of international students on our campus. While the traditional definition includes only those without U.S. citizenship, we have many groups of international students on campus. At Ripon, international students include non-U.S. citizens who attended high school in the U.S., non-U.S. citizens who have never been to the U.S., dual citizens, and U.S. permanent residents.

Is there someone at Ripon from my country?

We are excited to have a diverse population of students on campus during the academic year. Foreign students on campus last year totalled 27 students, which accounts for 3 percent of our campus population. Our students come from Myanmar, China, Kenya, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Australia, Nepal, Indonesia, Togo, Congo, Mexico, Canada, Philippines and South Korea. We welcome your culture and your background to our campus, you will find a home away from home at Ripon College.

What resources are available on campus for international students?

International students have access to the same resources as our domestic students do. You will have a faculty adviser who meets with you each semester. You can request tutoring, work with our student support services center, study in Lane Library, access our Health Services and Counseling Services and many other resources on campus. To learn more about these resources visit the Student Life page.

Does Ripon offer English as a Second Language or other intensive English programs?

The College does not currently provide English as a Second Language or other intensive English programs.

A neighbor to Ripon, Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute (WESLI), located in Madison, Wisconsin, provides students with a variety of services. Individuals can enroll in to their program and apply to Ripon after admissible English speaking levels are attained.

How do I obtain a visa to study at Ripon College?

To become eligible for an I-20 document and ultimately a Student Visa, please follow the required steps on the Ripon College International Student Admission Guide.  To learn more about the required process of obtaining your F1 student visa please contact the Consulate/Embassy nearest to you.  The United States State Department provides a list of U.S. Embassies by individual country. This information will be beneficial to you in setting up your visa appointment. Prior to your appointment, you will need to receive appropriate documentation from Ripon to provide proof of your acceptance to the College.

How do I apply for financial aid?

As an international student you do not qualify for federal funding from the United States government. At Ripon College you are eligible to receive scholarship funding should you qualify. In order to be considered for financial assistance, you must complete and submit a Ripon College Certificate of Finance Form (PDF).

The College Board International Financial Form will also be accepted.

Please note that you must include an official, notarized financial statement as a supplement to either form.

How can I estimate the cost of tuition and room and board?

Ripon’s 2017-18 comprehensive tuition is $49,991. This includes tuition, room, board and the student fee for the 2017-18 academic year. Not included in tuition are costs associated with books, health insurance, airfare, I901 and SEVIS fees, and incidental costs once you arrive. Please refer to the International Student Scholarship page for more information.

Can I work to help pay for my education, and do I need a work permit to work in the United States?

Yes, you are eligible to work while you are in the USA on an F1 visa. In order to work while in the USA you will need to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) which we can help you do once you arrive on campus. Please review the federal regulations regarding your ability to work while in the USA on an F1 visa.

What is the weather like in Ripon, Wisconsin?

Wisconsin is fortunate to have four seasons: fall, winter, spring and summer. Each season is beautiful and will bring a new experience for you. In fall (September – November), temperatures will range from 71 degrees fahrenheit in September (22 degrees celsius) to 40 degrees fahrenheit in November (6 degrees celsius). In winter (December – February), Ripon experiences snowfall, which provides opportunities for sledding or skiing, building snowmen or creating snow angels. You will need a warm jacket, gloves and a hat as temperatures during the winter months average 29 degrees fahrenheit (-2 degrees celsius) and can be as cold as 0 degrees fahrenheit (-18 degrees celsius). In spring (March – May), the snow melts, temperatures rise and flowers and leaves begin to sprout and grow. Temperatures in Ripon during the spring are as warm as 70 degrees fahrenheit (20 degrees celsius) and will reach lows on average of 40 degrees fahrenheit (4 degrees celsius). Rain is common in the spring and you’ll want a nice umbrella and/or rain jacket. Most students travel to their homes over the summer months (June – August). During these months, the city of Ripon and surrounding communities are active with weekend festivals, live music at the city park, and many outdoor activities. The average high temperature in Ripon during the summer is 79 degrees fahrenheit (26 degrees celsius) and the low temperature averages 60 degrees fahrenheit (14 degrees celsius).

What are the residence halls like?

Ripon is a residential campus, which means that over 90% of our student body lives on campus all four years of study. Students have a variety of living options, which include a traditional double room with one other roommate, suite style with three other roommates, and apartment style living for upper classmen.

Where can we receive medical care in the area?

Ripon College has a Health Services Center that includes medical resources and counseling resources free of charge to all students. Our campus resources are available to help you with non-emergency or basic healthcare concerns. The City of Ripon has a state-of-the-art hospital and trauma center as well as three walk-in clinics. Ripon College requires all students to have valid health insurance coverage in the event you need to utilize one of the Ripon community healthcare providers.

Am I required to have health Insurance while studying at Ripon College?

International students studying at Ripon College are required to provide proof of health insurance during their time on campus. Ripon College has worked with two insurance companies who provide great coverage for international students. For students participating in NCAA Division III athletics, please work through Geo Blue Travel, and make sure to ask for an “Athletic Ryder.” All other students not participating in NCAA Division II Athletics at Ripon College should apply for insurance through Student USA.

Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 800-947-4766
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