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Ramapo College of New Jersey
Ramapo logo.jpg
Established 1969
Type Public
Endowment $18 million[1]
President Dr. Peter Philip Mercer
Location Mahwah, New Jersey, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Maroon and White
Mascot Roadrunner
Website http://www.ramapo.edu/

Ramapo College of New Jersey is a public liberal arts and professional studies institution of the New Jersey system of higher education.



A 300-acre (1.2 km2) campus at 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, New Jersey (Bergen County), one mile (1.6 km) from the intersection of Route 17, U.S. 202 and Interstate 287.


Established in 1969 as a state-supported, co-educational, four-year College of liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1975. Reaccredited in 1981, 1990 and 2000. The Social Work Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Chemistry Program is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the New Jersey Board of Nursing. The Teacher Certification program is approved by the State of New Jersey.

Ramapo College is a founding member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, a national alliance of leading liberal arts colleges in the public sector.


In fall 2008, nearly 5,800 students attended Ramapo College, including 286 graduate students and 158 undergraduate international students.


Ramapo has 197 full-time faculty, of which 95 percent have doctorate or terminal degrees. This faculty is supplemented by adjunct specialists and other visiting scholars.

Degrees Offered

Organized into five interdisciplinary schools offering more than 40 programs, the Public College’s offerings are complemented by lectures, performances, and off-campus experiences. Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences, as well as in professional studies programs such as nursing and social work. Three programs are offered leading to a master’s degree: Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS), Master of Science in Educational Technology, and a Master’s of Science in Nursing Education. The college also offers a physician assistant (B.S./M.S.) and physical therapy (B.S./M.S.) with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; a B.S./graduate degree program in chemistry with Rutgers University; a B.S./Doctor of Chiropractic with New York Chiropractic College; a B.S./D.D.S. and a B.S./D.M.D. with the New York University College of Dentistry and UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School; a B.S./Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) with SUNY State College of Optometry; and a B.S./Doctor of Osteopathic medicine (D.O.) through UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM).


The campus includes modern academic buildings with state-of-the-art computer centers; a student life building with FM radio station, student offices, cafeteria, entertainment and meeting rooms; a library with electronic research facilities; an administration building; athletic playing fields and 12 lighted tennis courts.

The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts houses performance theaters, art galleries and specialized spaces devoted to fine arts, computer art, photography, theater, dance and music.

A campus-wide building program during recent years has resulted in the completion of the Anisfield School of Business which opened in Fall 2007 and the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation center with its 2,200-seat arena, fitness center, climbing wall, dance/aerobics studio, gymnasium and indoor swimming pool. The center has also been used for live music.[2] A new synthetic outdoor running track was laid down in the summer of 2008, and further refurbishments to the main athletic stadium are ongoing. Three residence halls, the Overlook and Laurel Hall, and the Village, an apartment-style complex, were also completed. A groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Sustainability Education Center and a spiritual center is also planned.

Dr. Peter Philip Mercer became the College’s fourth president on July 1, 2005. The College is governed by a Board of Trustees who are appointed by the Governor of the State. The Reverend Dr. Vernon Walton is the chairman of the board.[3]

Sporting and other events are held at the Bill Bradley Center.

The school has an independent FM radio station, WRPR 90.3 FM, a free-form station featuring numerous genres and talk shows.

The Roukema Center for International Education is located in the Anisfield School of Business. Here, advisement is given for those students who want to study abroad. There are more than 50 countries that students can choose to explore. The Roukema Center gives students an opportunity to develop skills and have an experience of a lifetime.


Ramapo College boasts 8 Men's teams, and 12 Woman's teams. The college is Division III. Men's sports include Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball. Ramapo College hosted the 2009 Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship last year, seeded fourth in the country and hosted the top 3 Division III volleyball teams in the country. The tournament included Ramapo College of New Jersey (4), UC Santa Cruz (3), Stevens Tech (2), and Juniata (1). Many students at the College hope that a football team will soon be reinstated at the College. Women's athletic teams at Ramapo College consist of Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field , and Volleyball.

THE ROWDIES: The Ramapo Rowdies are the student supporters of Ramapo College's athletic teams. Rowdies have been known to paint their faces or bodies maroon and black and wear their Ramapo Rowdie t-shirts to represent their team.

Director of Athletics: Michael J. Ricciardi

Associate Athletic Director: Kathleen Finnegan

Assistant Athletic Director: Paul Lizzo

Assistant Athletic Director: Ben Allen

Director of Sports Information: Rachel L. Pinton

Assistant Director of Sports Information: Kate Levin

Athletic Trainers: Megan Priddy, Luis Pomales

Nickname: Roadrunners

Colors: Maroon and Black

Affiliations: NCAA Division III, ECAC

Team Conference Affiliations:

New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC)

North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA)




Notable alumni

Don La Greca - Sports Radio Host [4]

Todd Lowber- NFL Player

Scott Stanchak - Sports journalist & media personality. (ScottStanchak.com)

Patrick Stickles of the band Titus Andronicus

Jason Galleid- Entrepreneur and leader in vehicle graphics in the North East. www.imagefleet.com

Robert Breemen- Famous Basketball Ref and die hard Giants fan




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