Ramapo College

4 Year Public College

Contact Information

Rhoda Leshowitz
Asst. Director
(for admissions questions)
Phone: + 1 201 684 7440
Fax: + 1 201 684 7964
Email: rleshowi@ramapo.edu
Web: www.ramapo.edu/admissions

Rajesh Adhikari
Director, International Student and Scholar Services, ASB 123
(for 1-20s and visa-related questions)
Phone: + 1 201 684 7567
Fax: + 1 201 684 7989
Email: radhikar@ramapo.edu
Web: www.ramapo.edu/international

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester – March 1
Spring Semester – November 1


Main Campus
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430


Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as sixth in the Best Regional Universities North category for public institutions, Ramapo College of New Jersey is sometimes mistaken for a private college. This is, in part, due to its unique interdisciplinary academic structure, its size of approximately 6,008 students and its pastoral setting in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains on the New Jersey/New York border. Distinguished by its innovative mission, Ramapo College is supported by its Four Pillars of Learning – International, Intercultural, Interdisciplinary, and Experiential. Ramapo College provides an International focus in nearly all fields of study, preparing students to become globally well-versed and to take advantage of new opportunities in an increasing interdependent world.

Degrees/Certificates Offered

Bachelor’s, Graduate, Certificate Programs

Student Demographics

AGE – YEAR 2009 (FALL)
Under 25: 84.2%
25 and Older: 15.8%

Women: 58.4%
Men: 41.6%

Hispanic or Latino of any race: 11.8%
White, non-Hispanic: 70%
American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.2%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 5.7%
Black or African American: 4.5%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0.3%
Two or more races: 1.2%
Missing: 6.2%

ESL Program and Support Services

Student Housing Options

A short, scenic walk from all classes and dining halls, Ramapo College residences are situated along the campus perimeter where beautiful walking trails and woods surround the 300-acre campus. The College has taken great care in the design and placement of the residences: many have beautiful views of the Ramapo Mountains.
Students can select from a range of comfortable and convenient housing at Ramapo. There are traditional suite arrangements, garden-style apartments, and a townhouse complex. Unlike many other colleges, all students are welcome to bring cars to campus. For convenience and security, a nighttime campus shuttle stops at all residences, and a local shuttle service runs daily to area businesses, train and bus stations, and malls. There is also frequent bus service between the campus and New York City.
Professional staff and/or graduate Residence Directors live in all halls. The College’s Public Safety force is on duty around the clock, 24/7. Campus Health Services is open during business hours and the College ambulance service, staffed by EMTs, responds to campus emergencies 24 hours a day. Over 90% of first-year students choose to live on campus at Ramapo. This results in numerous opportunities for members of the entering class to get to know each other, to form study groups, and to find the support needed to make a successful transition to college life.
All residence halls have; air conditioning, high-speed internet, cable television with premium movie channel, free laundry facility, vending machines, carpeted bedrooms, sprinkler systems for fire protection, mail rooms, local and campus phone service, nearby parking, non-smoking policy for all interior spaces. Come join us!

Admission Requirements for First Year Students

    • Students should apply at least six months before planning to enroll.


    The following major factors are considered in determining eligibility for admission:


  • Freshman applicants must have completed coursework equivalent to that of an American student who has graduated from high school. All pertinent certificates and transcripts must be certified and submitted with the application. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Freshmen applicants who want academic scholarship consideration must apply by January 15. It may be necessary for students to have their college transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (see below) in order to receive credit for course work completed in other countries. Students who are transferring from colleges in the United States must also submit official transcripts and financial documents. However, if the student has passed English composition with a grade of C or better, a TOEFL score is not required. World Education Services (WES) Information
  • All official documents not issued in English must be accompanied by notarized English translations.
  • Applicants must demonstrate fluency in English by the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam. We expect students to have an IELTS score of 6.0; a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79 on the internet test. TOEFL Web site
  • Freshmen applicants are encouraged, when possible, to take the Scholastic Assessment Test, (SAT). The results of the SAT are used to award academic scholarships to freshman applicants. 2884 is the Ramapo College Board Code Number for both the TOEFL and SAT. Scholarship Information
  • Applicants must submit evidence as to their source of financial support. International students are expected to meet the full cost of their studies at Ramapo. Therefore, an Affidavit of Support Form (below) and a notarized bank statement are required before the I-20 is issued.


Admission Requirements for Transfer Applicants

    • Transfer applicants must submit all official secondary and post-secondary records. Students who are transferring from colleges abroad must submit the above credentials as well as official college transcripts.


    To apply for admission (matriculation), the following must be received by the Admissions Office:


  • Completed admission application
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges
  • Official high school transcript (if fewer than 45 credits from another college attempted)
  • 1 letter of recommendation (nursing applicants are required to submit 2)
  • Transfer Candidate’s Form signed by the Dean at your previous colleges
  • Non-refundable application fee


NOTE: Please be aware that the Social Work Program is very competitive with limited enrollments. Applicants should apply early. Students who are interested in the Nursing Degree Program should request the Nursing brochure. The Nursing Program has early deadlines and limited enrollments.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Applicants

To be considered for admission as a fully-matriculated student, an applicant must provide all of the following:

  • A completed application for admission including the fee
  • Minimum 3.00 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) earned in baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or demonstrated exceptional professional experience as determined in writing by the Dean of the respective academic unit determining admission
  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. (Baccalaureate degree required)
  • Official copies of scores earned on the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL as required
  • Two letters of reference attesting to personal and professional qualifications (individual programs may require more than two letters of reference.)
  • A personal statement (as described by the individual program requirements)

To be considered for admission as a non-matriculated student (General Non-Degree or a Professional Non-Degree), an applicant must provide all of the following:

  • A completed application for admission including the fee
  • Official transcripts form all institutions previously attended. (Baccalaureate degree required from an accredited institution)
  • General Non-Degree (students planning to pursue a degree program in the future)
  • Two (2) courses are the maximum allowed for this category. Only courses that meet program requirements will be considered for transfer from a non-degree program to a degree program

Professional Non-Degree (students taking courses for personal enrichment and/or to obtain certification from a state or outside agency):
There is no maximum on the number of credits students can take as long as students maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA. Only courses that meet program requirements will be considered for transfer from a non-degree program to a degree program. No more than two (2) courses may be transferred when seeking matriculation status.

Visa Categories Offered

F-1 and J-1
For more information please visit http://www.ramapo.edu/international/students/

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance

  • Undergraduate tuition and fees (academic year): US $21,624
  • Average room and board (academic year): US $11,000
  • Miscellaneous Expenses: US $3,000

Financial Assistance for International Students

  • Merit-Based Scholarships and Partial Tuition Waivers are available for qualified international students.
  • Awards for the Fall of 2014
  • Presidential Scholarship: $20,000 per year for four years
  • Provost Scholarship: $10,000 per year for four years
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship: $6,000 per year
  • Leadership & Community Service Award: $3,000 per year

Student Activities and Campus Life

At Ramapo College, student clubs and organizations are recognized as important parts of the total learning experience. Students are urged to take advantage of the many opportunities available, since not all their time is spent in class.
There are more than 100 groups including cultural, academic, religious, recreational, entertainment, political, social and special interest groups. Joining can provide students with interesting friends and give them lifelong memories of their college years.
Clubs and organizations at Ramapo College are run by students under the general supervision of the Student Development unit. Each group operates under its own constitution, according to the interests and enthusiasm of its membership. All welcome new members, new ideas and new directions. Many groups can provide valuable experience and connections to the job market.
If students browse through this list and find their interests are not represented, they should inquire at the Office of Student Development about starting a new club or organization. Once the College recognizes an organization, it is eligible to receive financial support from the Student Activities Allocations Committee.
For more information please visit:www.ramapo.edu/students/activities/index.html