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Ramapo College Named One of the Best Colleges in America

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)June 13, 2024

Ramapo student in graduation regalia standing in front of the Ramapo College Arch.

Ramapo College placed behind only Princeton University and NJIT in New Jersey

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College of New Jersey is one of the , according to Money Magazine’s 2024 list. Only the top 745 colleges and universities in the nation made the list.

Factors including graduation rates, cost of attendance, and financial aid were analyzed to determine the number of stars (with five being the highest) an institution received. Ramapo College is in good company with its 4.5 star rating, just behind the two five-star ranked New Jersey institutions: Princeton University and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

“This honor affirms Ramapo’s commitment to and prioritization of accessible and affordable education to all students,” said Ramapo College President Dr. Cindy Jebb. “We also know that much of what makes Ramapo so special is not always captured in college rankings—our inclusive community, academic distinction, culture of mentorship, and focus on student well-being.”

As noted by Money in its rating, “Ramapo College has made a name for itself in the 50 years since its foundation in 1969.” With almost 3,000 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., being on the shortlist is testimony to the college’s continued ascension.

In 2023, Ramapo College enrolled its largest class in five years, which was also the most diverse and second largest in college history. In 2024, students, faculty, and staff were awarded internationally renowned Fulbright awards. Next month, Cheickna Traore ‘23 will be the college’s first student athlete to compete in , and for the seventh year in a row, Ramapo is #1 in New Jersey and ranked top 2% nationally for best residence halls.

Ramapo student athlete Cheickna Traore ‘23, running in center track lane, competes against 4 other college athletes.

Photo credit: Ian Dubac/Ian Matthew Photography

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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