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Ripon College

Quick Facts

Financial aid
Percentage of freshmen receiving financial aid: 100%
Student/faculty ratio

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

One-hundred percent of Ripon students receive financial aid, which helps us to offer our nationally-recognized personalized education at a large public school price. Ninety-six percent of alumni are employed, in graduate school or student-teaching within six months of graduation.           

Ripon’s five-course Catalyst curriculum rigorously develops the 21st-century skills employers seek while streamlining the path to graduation and providing students extensive freedom to pursue their passions. 

Ripon is a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). We compete athletically as part of the Midwest Conference and offer 21 NCAA Division III varsity teams. Our brand new state-of-the-art Willmore Center boasts the best indoor track in the state of Wisconsin.


With a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1 and average class sizes fewer than 20, Ripon students are overwhelmingly satisfied with the amount of attention they receive from faculty and staff. 

Enrollment: 756
Student/faculty ratio: 12:1


Admission requirements

At least 17 academic units of study in high school. Ripon does not require the ACT or SAT for admission or scholarships; students may submit scores if they wish.

How AP/IB credits are handled

Students receiving a 4 or higher on most AP exams will receive credits toward graduation. Credits and placement are given to students who have passed the IB-North America courses, higher level, with a grade of 5 or better. Placement is subject to approval by the appropriate Ripon College academic department.


Bachelor of Arts, education certificate, dual-degree, pre-professional


Percentage of freshmen receiving financial aid: 100%
Percentage of all full-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 99%
For institution-specific scholarships, contact: Office of Admissions at 800.947.4766 or

FAFSA Code: 003884

Tuition and Fees: $43,508 (plus $300 activity fee)
Room and Board: $8,401


Conference/division affiliation: NCAA Division III

Men’s athletics

Baseball, basketball, cross country, cycling (competes in Division II), football, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor)

Women’s athletics

Basketball, cross country, cycling (competes in Division II), dance, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball

Intramurals offered


Dr. Zach P. Messitte

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300 West Seward Street
PO Box 248
Ripon, WI 54971-0248