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Ripon College
Motto Fides Christi Scientia
Faith in Christ is Knowledge
Established 1851
Type Private liberal arts college
Endowment $45.8 million[1]
President David C. Joyce
Students Approximately 1000 undergraduate
Location Ripon, Wisconsin, USA
Campus Small City
Athletics 35% of students on varsity teams
Mascot Red Hawk

Ripon College is a liberal arts college in Ripon, Wisconsin, USA. As of 2010, the college's student body stood at around 1000, the majority of whom live on campus.



Ripon College was founded in 1851, but its first class of students did not enroll until 1853. Ripon's first class, four women, graduated in June, 1867. In 1868 formal ties with Presbyterian and Congregational churches were cut, but Ripon remained somewhat religious for much of its history. During the 19th century students were required to attend two church services each Sunday. The first six presidents of Ripon College had clerical backgrounds, as does the current president. The college recognized social and academic Greek letter societies in 1924. The Ripon Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was started between 1944 and 1955. The National Forensic League, which was founded at the college in 1925, is still located in Ripon, Wisconsin.


Students choose from 32 majors, ranging from the arts to the social sciences to the hard sciences to pre-professional programs.[2] Ripon is a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a grouping of private liberal arts schools that share expertise and collaborate on off-campus study programs.

Ripon has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Alumni have high rates of acceptance to graduate and professional schools. 96% of graduates are employed or in professional school six months after graduation, and the acceptance rate to medical school is 80%.[3]

In 2009, Forbes ranked Ripon 100th on the list of America's 600 best colleges.[4] The school earned an award from The Chronicle of Higher Education as being one of the "Great Colleges to Work For", largely because of faculty and staff satisfaction.[5]

Economist Alfred E. Kahn served as Chairman of the Department of Economics for several years, and the present faculty includes Peg Lautenschlager, former Attorney General of Wisconsin.


The college's Rodman Center for the Arts houses the Departments of Art, Music, and Theater. The Art Department manages two gallery spaces, one of which is dedicated to student work and the other to art more broadly. Student work is also shown across campus. Two art works of note in the permanent collection of the college are life-size portraits by Anthony van Dyck of Princess Amalia of the House of Orange and Sir Roger Townshend. The Classics department manages a collection of classical Greek and Roman artifacts, many of which are displayed in the campus library. A sculpture garden is located adjacent to the building. Musical groups on campus include an orchestra, wind band, jazz ensemble, choral group, and drumline.[6]


Ripon College football helmet

Ripon athletics teams participate in NCAA Division III as part of the Midwest Conference. Conference competition for men includes: cross-country, football, soccer (fall), basketball (winter), swimming (winter), indoor and outdoor track, baseball, golf, and tennis (spring). Conference competition for women includes: cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball (fall), basketball (winter), swimming (winter), indoor and outdoor track, and softball (spring).

Campus culture


Free bicycles

Ripon offered new freshmen in fall 2009 the option of receiving a free Trek 820 mountain bike, helmet, and U-lock if they pledged not to bring a car to campus for the entire year. The "velorution" bike program aims to encourage environmentally-friendly transportation, cut down on traffic, encourage athleticism, and limit the number of student parking lots in the rural campus.[7]

Greek life

The college has seven residential dormitories with several sororities, including Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Chi Omega and the local sorority, Delta Psi Delta, which recently changed to national sorority Kappa Delta. The college has four all-male fraternities including chapters of Sigma Chi, Theta Chi, Phi Delta Theta, and a local fraternity, Phi Kappa Pi, (named Merriman for the college's founding president). Ripon College also has one local co-ed fraternity, Theta Sigma Tau, founded in 1909, the oldest local fraternity on campus. It became co-ed in 1980 after severing ties with Sigma Nu fraternity. Four of the five fraternities and all the sororities live in residence halls on campus, with the exception of Phi Kappa Pi, which is in a college-owned house on campus.

Student media

  • Ripon College Days - a bi-weekly campus newspaper, the oldest college newspaper continuously published in Wisconsin[citation needed]
  • WRPN-FM - a campus radio station with continuous broadcasts
  • RCTV - a television production put together independently by students and aired on the city's government access channel
  • Parallax - a literary magazine
  • Crimson - yearbook distributed every spring


Most students take advantage of the campus dining service on a daily basis. The main dining hall includes a wide-range of options at each meal, including traditional American fare, foreign cuisines, and vegetarian and vegan options. A coffee shop on campus brews Starbucks coffee and makes specialty drinks to order. The Ripon Pub, another dining option, serves snacks, sandwiches, fast food, and bottled beverages.[8]


People of color comprise 10% of the student population.[9] The McNair Scholars program supports first generation college students and African-American, Native American, and Hispanic students who wish to attend graduate school.[10] The office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs strives to meet the needs of students of color, international students, and gay and lesbian students through mentoring and programming.[11] Student groups that focus on the experiences of black people, cultural diversity, and queer people are also active on campus.[12]


The school's levels of volunteerism and community service earned the institution a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2009.[13]

Campus buildings

Education buildings and offices

Smith Hall
  • Bartlett Hall - part of the college union and houses student services and student organization offices
  • Carnegie Library Building - downtown building, President and Dean of Faculty's office
  • Collaborative Learning Center - place for students to receive help from mentors on writing, class work, or presentations
  • East Hall - classrooms and faculty offices (the original campus building)
  • Farr Hall - science laboratories, classrooms, and faculty offices
  • Harwood Memorial Union - Great Hall, The Pub, lounges, mail center, radio station (WRPN), and student organization offices
  • Kemper Hall - technology department
  • Lane Library - Ripon College Library
  • S.N. Pickard Commons - bookstore, coffee shop, dining facility
  • Rodman - Center for the Performing Arts
  • Smith Hall - business and financial aid offices
  • Storzer - full-sized gymnasium, the tartan area, swimming pool, locker rooms
  • Todd Wehr Hall - classrooms and faculty offices
  • West Hall - classrooms

Residence halls

  • Johnson Hall - Women only
  • Merriman House - Fraternity house of Phi Kappa Pi
  • The Quads - Upper-class students
    • Anderson Hall - Co-ed
    • Bovay Hall - Co-ed
    • Brockway Hall - Men Only
    • Mapes Hall - Co-ed
  • Scott Hall - First year men only, except for upper-class females in living groups
  • Tri-dorms- Mainly first year women, except for living groups

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


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