Ripon College

Ripon College
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Ripon College remains rooted in the liberal arts, yet continues to evolve as it provides for the 21st-century needs of its students.

The rapidly changing world of employment now emphasizes flexibility and adaptable skills. With Ripon College’s unique and innovative Catalyst curriculum, students earn a concentration in Applied Innovation that demonstrates mastery of the skills that employers seek—oral communication, writing, critical thinking, collaboration, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, integration, and intercultural competence.

At the same time, Catalyst streamlines the path to graduation by ensuring that students can complete multiple majors and minors, study abroad, and hold internships in four years. Students enjoy extensive freedom to pursue their passions and craft their own academic program of study.

Willmore Center, a $22 million expansion and renovation of the College’s athletics, health, and wellness facility, opened in August 2017. It features a variety of fitness spaces, classrooms, gymnasiums, lounges, a pool, performance courts, and a 65,000-square-foot field house with NCAA-regulation indoor track for pit and field events. Memberships are open to the greater Ripon community.

Students benefit from small class sizes and individual attention from faculty, who serve as mentors, advisors, and collaborators. Within six months of graduation, 96 percent of Ripon graduates are employed, student teaching, or in professional school.

Ripon College offers great value for its students. One hundred percent of current and incoming students receive financial aid, and Ripon is ranked among the top private schools in the state for value, including recognition as a “Best Value” and “Best 381 College” by The Princeton Review and among the most affordable private colleges in the country and second among private colleges in Wisconsin in Money Magazine’s 2016-17 listing. Our average cost per student is comparable to many of the larger public universities.

The College focuses on the individual needs of each student as they move on to lead lives of meaning and accomplishment. Graduates include winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Academy Award, Grammy Award, and Emmy Award; best-selling authors; three Rhodes Scholars; and major contributors in business, education, and medicine. The College also established Pi Kappa Delta, now a national honorary society for debaters and orators, and the National Forensic League. In 1953, the College was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, placing it among a select group of the nation’s top colleges.

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Jaye Alderson is an editor at Ripon College.