The residential experience is integral to life at Ripon College. Some of your finest teachers will be fellow students, with whom you will form lifelong friendships, learn tolerance of personal differences and develop character and leadership skills.
There are eight residence halls on campus offering a variety of living options. Typically, first-year students are housed together within groups of fewer than 20. First-year students who pledge fraternities and sororities continue to live in their halls until their sophomore year when they move into upper-class living areas.
All first-year men traditionally live in Scott Hall.
First-year women and men can live in Tri-Dorms (Evans, Shaler or Wright Halls) or Johnson Hall. Scott Hall and Tri-Dorms have either traditional double rooms or suites. Johnson Hall has traditional double rooms. Suites consist of two bedrooms, separated by a common area.
Upperclass students, including fraternity members and independent students, reside in the Quad which includes Bovay, Brockway, Mapes and Anderson Halls. Scott and Johnson Halls are still another option for upperclass students. The campus apartments feature bedroom units, each with four bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and Wifi throughout. Preference for this option is given to groups of seniors and juniors who complete an application that includes a GPA calculation.
Themed Living is an option for students who share common interests. You can choose to live with some of your closest friends, both guys and girls if you prefer. From sci-fi favorites, like “Doctor Who” and “Supernatural” to world explorers, you can go wild with ideas. Students interested in participating in theme floors must fill out an application, with the theme, intended roommates and one activity they plan to do as a theme floor. These activities must relate to the theme and can be as simple as hosting a game night or picnic lunch. If you and your friends are interested, contact Director of Residence Life Mark Nicklaus.
All residence hall rooms are furnished with beds, desks, desk chairs, dressers, cable TV hook-up and high-speed internet access.
Resident Assistants accompany and work with students, organize both campus-wide and individual floor programs and keep their residents informed of campus happenings, dates and policies. Late-night programming is provided by Ripon After Dark (RAD) and is sponsored by Residence Life. Past activities include “Fear Factor” and “Deal or No Deal” competitions, grocery bingo where winners pick up Pepsi and detergent (both of which are necessary for college students) and tie-dye.