Ripon College: Committed to Neighboring Communities

Ripon College
Photograph by Barbara Wilson

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 their 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 is demonstrating its dedication to nearby communities by expanding its reach for the Local Commitment Award to six neighboring counties. All high school graduates in Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago, Outagamie, and Brown Counties who are admitted to Ripon College qualify immediately for the award.

This brings their total awards up to $34,000 annually, and they may also qualify for need-based financial aid. Students must be enrolled full-time and live on campus. More information is available at .

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 the flexibility and choice to 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. A recent 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 is committed to community residents of the area as well. The College has returned to its regular in-person schedule of offerings and facilities open to the public after having restricted access during the pandemic. Visitors as of the fall are requested to wear masks indoors. Speakers and fine arts presentations in art, drama, and music are once again open to the public, many free of charge. Public memberships to Willmore Center, our athletics and health and wellness facility, are again available. The center includes fitness spaces, classrooms, gymnasiums, lounges, a pool, performance courts, and a 65,000-square-foot field house with NCAA-regulation indoor track.

The beautiful, historic campus offers modern amenities, advanced technology, and on-site housing for weddings, camps, tournaments, special events, and group functions.

Jaye Alderson is college editor at Ripon College.