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MAJORS Anthropology Art Art History Biology Business Administration Chemistry Chemistry-Biology Communication Computer Science Economics Educational Studies English Environmental Studies Exercise Science School-Based Physical Education Community and Recreation Physical Education Athletic Training Sports Management French Foreign Languages German Global Studies History Latin American Area Studies Mathematics Music Philosophy Physics Politics and Government Psychobiology Psychology Religion Sociology-Anthropology Spanish Studio Art Theatre

MINORS Anthropology Art History Biology Business Administration Chemistry Classical Studies Communication Computer Science Dramatic Literature Economics Educational Studies English Entrepreneurship Environmental Biology French German Health History Latin Latin American Area Studies

Law and Society Leadership Studies Mathematics Military Leadership Music National Security Nonprofit Management Philosophy Physical Science Physics Politics and Government Psychology Religion Sociology Spanish Studio Art Theatre Production Women’s and Gender Studies

PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS Chiropractic Medicine Dentistry Engineering Forestry Journalism Law and Government Library and Information Science Medical Technology Medicine Ministry Nursing and Allied Heath Sciences Optometry Pharmacy Physical Therapy Physician Assistant Veterinary Medicine

UNIQUE PROGRAMS Army ROTC Communication and Civic Advocacy Leadership Studies Museum Studies National Security Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Women’s Studies

CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS Education Certification Early Childhood Elementary Elementary/Middle School Secondary Secondary/Middle Music K-12 Physical Education K-12

“The professors here care about what kind of person you are, not just your grades.”

Of course, your intellectual growth and academic achievements are important at Ripon. But we’re interested in much more. Our strong, tightly connected campus community numbers just more than 1,000 — every individual is important. We value, respect and guide you in developing: • Your

leadership potential • Your ethical awareness • Your ideas and opinions • Your unique strengths and talents You’ll soon be a college student, no matter what school you choose to attend. At Ripon, you’ll be much more.

More individual attention culminates in attention-getting letters of recommendation, written by professors who emphasize the accomplishments and abilities most valued by employers or graduate and professional schools.

“From the president to professors, everyone goes out of their way to cater to the students’ needs. It’s an open-door policy at all levels.” THE BEST 361 COLLEGES BY THE PRINCETON REVIEW

Ripon’s student-to-faculty ratio is an enviable 15:1 — and most students will tell you in reality it feels more like one-to-one. Our learning community is the perfect size to bring students and faculty together in close working relationships

French major Philicia King of Columbus, Ohio, says her professors connected her with special opportunities, such as a semester at the Sorbonne in Paris. She’s also convinced that “My faculty recommendations got me into graduate school.” She’s now studying educational policy at Ohio State • In classes that average 20 students, your professors are able to know you,

your strengths and your capabilities extraordinarily well. They’ll tailor your coursework to make sure you’re always challenged to perform at the top of your game. Yet they’re always ready to provide extra support when you need it. • The open doors of faculty offices open new doors for you. As

professor says, “My office door is always open and students are in there all the time. They don’t sit back idly – they actively seek more opportunities.” Faculty provide as much “more” as you want, collaborating with you on research projects, suggesting independent study topics and connecting you with internships and other active learning experiences.

Uniquely Ripon Unlimited advising. You can have more than one advisor, if you choose. Some students keep their first-year advisor even after they connect with another in a declared major, and double majors have one in each field. It can add up to an advising team. Plus, as one professor says, “At other schools, when faculty get together they talk about themselves — here we talk about our students.”

People ask,“How can you be involved in so many activites?” I say,

“How could I not?” Jessica Solverud, a native of Wausau, Wisconsin, figures her academic background and extracurricular involvement is excellent preparation for life after Ripon. She’s double majoring in English and communication. Jessica has taken full advantage of Ripon’s many co- and extra-curricular opportunities to create a powerful professional resume:

• Completing two internships, one with the Ripon College Office of Admission and the other as the Director of Christian Education at the First Congregational Church • Presenter and national qualifier for Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) • Student representative on the Accreditation Committee • Founding president of the Ripon College Equestrian Club • Manager of the Collaborative Learning Center • Member of the Ripon College women’s golf team • Participating in a peace studies Maymester to Jamaica and alternative spring break trips to Kentucky and Panama • Study abroad participant on the London/Florence Semester • Playing on intramural teams in inner tube water polo, volleyball and softball • A cast member in the theatre department’s musical production of “Wonderfultown”

“[Ripon] profits from being one of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, which have an unmatched array of foreign and domestic off-campus programs.” LOOKING BEYOND THE IVY LEAGUE BY LOREN POPE

Start with a major of your choice, then put it together with a wide variety of options to design a personalized program of study that matches your goals and interests to a “T.”

Erik Carlson thought the academic programs he investigated at larger universities were too limiting, saying, “In four years, you could only take three electives.” But at Ripon, he found the flexibility to explore many areas of interest. He’s majoring in history and math with a minor in Latin and spent a semester abroad in Swansea, Wales. Majors — more than meets the eye. About 40% of our students complete double or triple majors, while some create special self-designed majors. Many complement their major with one of our minors, such as Leadership Studies, to truly customize their programs. Off-campus study opportunities as wide as the world. From our exchange program with Fisk University to tropical field research in Costa Rica, all 32 of our off-campus programs are officially affiliated with Ripon. That means all your credits transfer and you can apply your financial aid to one full semester of study. Internships — the link between college and what comes next. Faculty actively network to connect you with rewarding internships, and other resources are available at our Career Development Office.

Uniquely Ripon Communicating Plus. Our legacy as the birthplace of the National Forensic League means we place a high value on communication. Our Communicating Plus program develops not only oral and written communication skills, but also fosters critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities.

More choices mean more opportunities to customize your educational experience to create a unique academic resume that really stands out. Pre-professional programs: Chiropractic Medicine • Dentistry • Engineering Forestry • Journalism • Law and Government Library and Information Science Medical Technology • Medicine • Ministry Nursing and Allied Heath Sciences • Optometry Pharmacy • Physical Therapy • Physician Assistant Social Work • Veterinary Medicine Ripon-affiliated study-abroad programs in: Argentina • Botswana • Budapest • China Costa Rica • England • France • Germany • India Italy • Japan • Russia • Scotland • Spain Tanzania • Turkey • Wales

The leadership skills and teamwork abilities you develop as an involved member of Ripon’s campus community serve you well in all your life endeavors. Ripon’s clubs and organizations include: 16 academic, honorary & professional • 9 community service & social awareness • 7 leadership & campus involvement • 8 fraternities & sororities • 8 media & publications • 4 multicultural • 7 performing arts 3 political • 9 special interest • 2 religious & spiritual 7 student government & hall councils Red Hawk NCAA D-III teams: Baseball (M) • Basketball (M+W) • Cross country (M+W) • Cycling (M+W) • Dance (W) • Football (M) Golf (M+W) • Softball (W) • Soccer (M+W) Swimming & diving (M+W) • Tennis (M+W) • Indoor & outdoor track and field (M+W) • Volleyball (W)

His first year, D.C. native Matt Bush was amazed to discover he was able to form closer friendships with more diverse types of people at Ripon than he could in the big city. “I’ve learned a lot outside of class – you get exposed to so many different points of view.” • Bond through shared interests. We have more than 70 different clubs and

organizations that sponsor a multitude of activities and events open to the entire campus. Faculty not only advise the groups — sometimes they are also members and often they and their families attend the events. • Team up in athletics, intramurals and club sports. Ripon has 23 NCAA

Division III teams and 14 intramural and club sports. The campus and surrounding community pride themselves on their Red Hawk spirit in support of athletic teams. You might even wind up on the same intramural team as your professor.

Uniquely Ripon The Golden Hour: Every week, one class period is reserved for all-campus events, speakers and presentations of interest to the entire college community. No other classes or meetings are scheduled for this Golden Hour, which fosters campus unity.

“. . . excellent academics, generous financial aid packages . . . low costs . . .” AMERICA’S BEST VALUE COLLEGES, 2008

Ripon is one of just 165 colleges and universities nationwide selected as a 2008 “Best Value” by The Princeton Review, which states, “The schools we present here make measurable efforts to keep out-of-pocket costs reasonable and within reach while delivering an amazing college experience that’s worth every penny.”

• Ripon strives to be affordable to all qualified students. More than 90% of

Ripon students receive merit-based scholarships and/or need-based grants and loans from federal, state and institutional sources. Moreover, we make a special effort to package your aid in ways that reduce your long-term debt. • The value of our education is evident in our graduates’ success. Approximately

96% of Ripon graduates are employed, student teaching or enrolled in graduate and professional programs within six months of graduation.

Uniquely Ripon A College-wide network for success. Our students cite Ripon faculty and alumni as special career development resources. Your professors network with their own professional contacts and with alumni to help connect you with internships and employment possibilities.

Your investment in your Ripon education yields life-long returns, providing the basis for a more rewarding career and a fuller life. Ripon Scholarships 9 academic merit-based scholarships, ranging from $6,000 to full tuition • 8 achievement merit-based scholarships, recognizing achievements from forensics to the performing arts Ripon graduates are employed by companies and organizations such as: Accenture, American Express, Archer Daniels Midland, Intel Corporation, Ralph Lauren, Peace Corps, Pitney Bowes, PriceWaterhouseCooper, Target Corporation, Wells Fargo, many more.

Office of Admission 300 Seward St. P.O. Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248 1-800-947-4766

Character: Founded in 1851, Ripon College is a four-year, private, residential, liberal arts and sciences college; Phi Beta Kappa chapter

Red Hawks Intercollegiate Athletics: 23 NCAA Division III Midwest Conference teams: baseball (M), basketball (M+W), cycling (M+W), cross-country (M+W), dance (W), football (M), golf (M+W), softball (W), soccer (M+W), swimming and diving (M+W), tennis (M+W), indoor & outdoor track and field (M+W), volleyball (W); 35% of students participate

Location: Ripon, Wisconsin, a friendly, safe community of 7,500, 80 miles northwest of Milwaukee and 180 miles northwest of Chicago; the anti-slavery Republican Party held its first meeting in Ripon on March 20, 1854 Faculty: 97% of full-time faculty members hold a Ph.D. or equivalent highest degree in their fields Students: 1,057 undergraduates from 33 states and 14 countries; 52% female, 48% male; 10% diversity Academic Profile, Class of 2012: Mid-range SAT scores: 980-1270; Mid-range ACT score: 21-28; average GPA: 3.4 Academic Calendar: Two 15-week semesters; optional three-week Maymester Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1; average class size is 20; 67% of classes have fewer than 20 Special Opportunities: Internships; study abroad and domestic offcampus programs; Communicating Plus; independent studies; collaborative research with faculty; summer research projects; service learning; ROTC

Post-Graduate Record: 96% of Ripon students are employed, student teaching or enrolled in graduate programs within six months of graduation; approximately 50% of alumni continue their education within five years of graduation; acceptance rate for students entering medical school is 80%, twice the national average Campus: 26 buildings on 250 acres include academic, residential, cultural and recreational facilities Residential Life: 92% of students live on campus; theme housing available; guaranteed student housing all four years Student Life: More than 70 student clubs and organizations include College Days, the oldest continuously published student newspaper in Wisconsin

Recreation and Wellness: 65% of students participate in 14 intramural sports; 3.5 mile system of recreational trails on campus; aerobics, yoga, other personal fitness programs Comprehensive Fee, 2008-09: $31,015 (includes tuition, room, board and required fees) Financial Aid: More than 90% of students receive some form of financial aid; need-based and/or merit-based scholarships, grants, loans and work-study from federal, state and institutional sources; merit-based awards range from $1,000 to full tuition annually; average need-based aid package for an incoming student in 2008-09 was $27,373

Historically, Ripon College has been committed to the principles of equal rights and equal opportunities and adheres to nondiscriminatory policies in recruitment, enrollment and counseling students. Ripon provides equal enrollment and educational opportunites for all qualified students without regard to gender, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, age, national or ethnic origin or disability.

Office of Admission • 300 Seward St. Ripon, WI 54971-0248 1-800-947-4766 • 920-748-8337 •

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