Ripon College: Offers a World or Opportunity

Ripon College
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

Established in 1851, Ripon College is Wisconsin’s best-value private college and a national leader in liberal arts education. Ripon is devoted to ensuring that every student realizes his or her unique potential.

Ripon’s five-course Catalyst curriculum rigorously develops the 21st century skills employers seek while streamlining the path to graduation. Every graduate earns a concentration in applied innovation, which demonstrates mastery of the skills that today’s 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. As a matter of fact, we guarantee it.

Willmore Center, a $23.5 million expansion and renovation of the college’s athletics and 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, featuring pit and field events. Memberships are open to members of the surrounding community.

Within six months of graduation, 98 percent of Ripon graduates are employed, student teaching, or pursuing graduate studies. What’s more, an analysis of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard’s data found that Ripon College produces the highest-earning graduates in the state of Wisconsin. In addition, Ripon is the top liberal arts school in Wisconsin and eighth in the nation for colleges that promote social mobility, according to U.S. News & World Report.
One hundred percent of current and incoming students receive financial aid. Our average cost per student is comparable to many of the larger public universities.

Students benefit from Ripon’s small class sizes and the individual attention they receive from faculty who serve as mentors, advisers, and collaborators.

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 Speech and Debate Association. 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.