Ripon College: Committed to Neighboring Communities

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Established in 1851, Ripon College is a 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 is 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.

All new students who graduate from high school in Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, or Winnebago County and are admitted to Ripon College qualify immediately for our Local Commitment Award. Their awards total up to $36,000 annually, and they also may qualify for need-based financial aid. 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.

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Within six months of graduation, 98 percent of Ripon graduates are employed, student teaching, or pursuing graduate studies. An analysis of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard’s data found that Ripon College graduates are among the highest earning in Wisconsin 10 years after graduation. Ripon also is the top liberal arts school in Wisconsin for colleges that promote social mobility, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Ripon is committed to area residents too. Although campus events and facilities are not open to the public during the pandemic, when the College returns to its regularly scheduled speakers and fine arts presentations in art, drama, and music, normal operations will resume. As always, many of the events and use of facilities are free of charge. Public memberships will also become available to Willmore Center, our 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 college editor at Ripon College.