Ripon Graduate with family


Office of Alumni Relations, Annual Fund and Parent Programs
300 Seward Street
PO Box 248
Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Phone: (920) 748-8126
Fax: (920) 748-9262

Parent Information Request

Please let us know any questions you may have about the Parents Advisory Committee, Volunteer Opportunities, or any other general inquiries.


Ripon College Parents

At Ripon College, engaging parents in the educational process is a top priority. Parents are vital companions during their son’s or daughter’s journey toward independence. There are several programs and organizations in place for parents:

Parents’ Advisory Committee

This volunteer-based organization works closely with the Office of Annual Fund, Alumni Relations, and Parent Programs to help provide College information and to prospective and current students and their parents. Additionally, the PAC can bring unresolved issues or concerns to the table.

Parent Programs Office

As part of the Office of the Annual Fund and Alumni Relations, the PPO organizes the activities associated with Family Weekend each fall. They also provide a parent mixer during Summer Orientation, and a reception area and refreshments during Move-In Day. “Parents have every right to be connected and aware of programs and activities,” says Larry Malchow ’77, Director of Development. “They’re as much a member of the Ripon community as any professor, student or alumnus.”

Volunteer Opportunities

Although there are many opportunities to get involved throughout the year, Summer and Fall Orientation and Family Weekend in particular are wonderful opportunities for current parents to connect with first-year parents and share Ripon College tips and experiences.

Alumni/Parent Online Organization

Parents can also access to the Ripon College Alumni Online community, which is full of useful information for parents including special events and news.

Parent E-Newsletter

Parents regularly receive an electronic newsletter that reports on important student events, specific campus programs and offices devoted to helping students succeed, and profiles of students and faculty.

Although parent involvement is a crucial part of a student’s success, we believe there must be a balance. Generally, students who choose their own paths with the support and encouragement of their parents benefit the most from their Ripon College experience.