The Ripon College Return on Investment

The college choice you’re making is a crucial life decision, and it is important to consider both the price tag and the value you receive for that price.  Our goal is to reduce excessive achievement pressure with our test optional policy and make Ripon College as affordable as possible for all of our students and their families through generous financial aid. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, we make sure that every student has the opportunity to receive the financial assistance necessary to graduate. We are proud to offer an abundance of college scholarships (view our list of generous scholarships). We provide 100 percent of our students with the financial assistance necessary to graduate and make it our mission to ensure a great economic value per every dollar spent. But don’t just take our word for it, read what others are saying about us.

The Value of the Liberal Arts

In addition to offering students the rare opportunity to focus on a subject area with faculty who truly know them as people, Ripon College allows students to explore subjects across the spectrum at one of the nation’s top rated colleges. Ripon is proud of its track record as a top rated college in Wisconsin. Ninety-five percent of our students indicate they are satisfied or more than satisfied with the amount of attention they receive from faculty. Time and time again, you will encounter Ripon College students who decided to pursue a double major after discovering that their passions and their future professions were connected in ways they would never have previously imagined.

Careers and Graduate School after Graduation (Graduate in Four Years)

The return Ripon College graduates receive on their investment starts right away and oftentimes much sooner than most graduates, thanks to our four-year graduation guarantee. Ninety-six percent of Ripon students are employed, student teaching or enrolled in graduate programs within six months of graduation. With a four-year career development planning program, a strong national and international alumni network, and a track record of producing talented, hard-working alumni, Ripon College graduates find success throughout their lifetimes.

Don’t Take Our Word For It

Do the research, and you’ll find Ripon College ranks amongst the best in the country at providing our students with both a great education and a great price.  Just this past year, Ripon College was recognized by the following ranking organizations:

  • Ripon is a tier 1 national liberal arts school (No. 113) and on the “Best Value Schools” list (No. 29) for U.S. News & World Report.
  • The Princeton Review ranks Ripon College a “Best Value” and “Best 381 College” for 2017.
  • Washington Monthly ranks Ripon College 18 among all national liberal arts colleges for its contribution to the public good on social mobility, research and service. Ripon ranks third in the Midwest for “Best Bang for the Buck” – which recognizes colleges that are doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.
  • Ripon College ranks first among all private liberal arts colleges in Wisconsin for “Best Value,” according to the Milwaukee Business Journal. Ripon ranks ninth among all colleges and universities in Wisconsin and third among all private colleges in the state.
  • Money Magazine ranks Ripon College 26 of the 50 schools on its list of most affordable private colleges in the country and second among all private colleges in Wisconsin
  • Forbes Magazine ranks Ripon College a “Top Private College” and “Top Value College”

Filing the FAFSA

Costs for the 2017-18 Academic Year
Tuition $41,535
Room (double occupancy): $4,188
Board (three meal plan options): $3,968
Activity Fee: $300
Total Annual Direct Costs: $49,991

Complete our Net Price Calculator and you will discover that Ripon is more affordable than many similar private colleges and, in some cases, large public universities. The total out-of-pocket cost to attend Ripon varies for each student based on individual academic and performance-based achievement and demonstrated financial need.

In order to complete this calculator, you will need the following:

  • Most recent income tax return and W2 statement(s) for the student and parent(s)
  • The student’s academic information, including cumulative GPA (required), standardized test scores, and high school rank and class size (if applicable)
  • 15 minutes of your time