Ripon College: Committed to Neighboring Communities

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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.

The College delivers a top-quality private school education to students at a cost that’s about the same as many public schools in the University of Wisconsin System. One hundred percent of students receive financial assistance. This mission of providing an accessible and premier liberal arts education remains unchanged, even in the midst of an ever-changing and challenging higher-education landscape.

Ripon demonstrates its dedication to surrounding communities by qualifying all new students who graduate from high schools in Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, and Winnebago counties; apply for the 2020-2021 academic year; and are admitted to Ripon College for our Local Commitment Award. This brings the total awards up to $36,000 annually, so a student from a qualifying high school will pay no more than $19,776 to attend Ripon College, and even less if they qualify for need-based financial aid. To qualify, students must be enrolled full-time and live on campus. More information is available at .

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Ripon’s five-course Catalyst curriculum rigorously develops 21st century skills employers seek while streamlining the path to graduation. Every graduate earns a concentration in applied innovation, demonstrating mastery of 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 ensures students can complete multiple majors and minors and hold internships in four years.

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. According to U.S. News & World Report, Ripon is the top liberal arts school in Wisconsin and 22nd in the nation for colleges that promote social mobility.

Ripon is committed to area residents too. Speakers and fine arts presentations in art, drama, and music are open to the public, many free of charge. Memberships also are available to Willmore Center, the athletics and health and wellness facility, with fitness spaces, classrooms, gymnasiums, lounges, a pool, performance courts, and a 65,000-square-foot field house with NCAA-regulation indoor track.

Jaye Alderson is an editor at Ripon College.