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Ramapo is a wonderful campus in the heart

Jan 27 2014Biology
Ramapo is a wonderful campus in the heart of the mountains. The academics are challenging if you pick the right classes and most professors are friendly and want to work with you. Most of the science faculty are extremely knowledgeable. For a fairly small college, there are a ton of activities and many clubs. It is a great school and you can get an amazing education if you put the effort in.
1st Year Male -- Class 2016
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Social Life: B+

I really enjoyed my first year at Ramapo

Jan 07 2014Communications
I really enjoyed my first year at Ramapo and was immensely excited going into my sophomore year until I realized what Ramapo was all about.

In terms of academics, the professors are 95% liberal. Normally, I wouldn't have a problem with this but they let it get in the way of their teaching. Instead of discussing what was actually listed in the syllabus, they spent the majority of the time discussing why God doesn't exist, the lack of women's equality, and why George Bush was the worse thing to happen to America (none of which had anything to do with the classes they were "teaching"). It all just seems like busy work.

From a social aspect, Ramapo is as bad as it gets. Public Safety is on this crazy power trip where they love to give fines for absolutely no reason and scare the students into not enjoying themselves. College is half educational and half social but Public Safety has destroyed the second half of the college experience. Sure, you can go to a party on campus, as long as you find people that are willing to risk $200, $400, $600, or $800 fines. Instead, the school rather have students go off campus to drink, essentially promoting drinking and driving. And don't fall for the "Good Samaritan" policy, they won't get you for underage drinking but they will get you for your alcohol paraphernalia, too many people in the room, and a noise complaint. The campus is pretty much a police state so have a good time but you're taking a risk whenever you attempt to do anything remotely fun in the middle of the forest that is Ramapo.At the beginning, Ramapo seemed as if it would be everything I wanted in a college but it turned out to be a no-fun and non-educational waste of money.

1st Year Male -- Class 2016
University Resource Use: A, Useful Schoolwork: F

Ramapo is one of the cheapest schools I

Feb 06 2014Psychology
Ramapo is one of the cheapest schools I have ever heard of. Not only is out college place in the Ramapo mountains, the amount of harsh weather we get each winter multiplies by year. Ramapo does not care about their students safety and health whatsoever. They do not plow or salt the campus correctly after any snow or ice storm. My friend has shattered her ankle and had to get surgery as a result of this. In addition, multiple people have fallen and gotten hurt because not only do they not provide a safe environment for us, they still expect us to go to classes. They will do anything to save money.

In addition, 90% of professors at this college think that they teach at some Ivy League school while they are teaching a 101 at a state school that barely any one knows about. There are about 50% of the professors at this institute that are way too old to be teaching and have no idea what they are doing or saying. Many forget they even assigned work. I had a teacher that peed in her pants the first day of school because she was so old. Many professors for important and hard classes speak so little english that you cannot understand a word they try to say to you. Making learning actually impossible.

Aside from the great group of best friends I have made here, this school is undoubtedly a typical suitecase school. Every single Friday until Sunday night into Monday morning the school does a great disappearing act. There is not a soul around the entire weekend if you dare to stay. 85% of students who go to this school are from Bergen county and/or commute to school to begin with. There's never anyone here and never anything going on that students are actually interested in.

Parking at this school is one of a kind. Not only are there not enough available spots in your own area to park, some areas worse than others, but you get ticketed if your parked in any other area in this school. We pay $250 a semester to even get a permit to park, and you only get the luxury of parking if there is a spot near you.

Dining services at this school are a joke. They do not serve real food, both dining halls services sell food that is barely edible and their hours of operation are most difficult to deal with. As a freshman I lost a total of 17 pounds because I was not eating because of how disgusting the food was and the fact that it was making me sick.

The schools public safety is another story in itself. They are lazy and deal with no issue. They did nothing about domestic violence happening on our campus. They barely picked my friend up from when she shattered her ankle. They do nothing when your stuck on campus. They don't help if your keys are locked in your running car. All they are good for is pretending

They are cops and giving out parking tickets. If your Imn trouble on campus you know better than to call them, just call directly mahwah pd directly .

Also, the cleaning services, amongst many other services that the college hires must be very cheap because they do a half ass job. They are supposed to clean housing before students enter them for the year, which they never have looked clean and always are dusty and a mess before move in. Also, every year I've been here I have experienced mold in every dorm/apartment I have lived here. Including a mushroom that grew out of my bathroom floor. There are many things I could say about this college, but it would take years to read. Overall, do not go here unless you are looking to live home and just go to classes that you learn almost nothing in and get graded like you go to Yale and will take 30 min at minimum a day to find a parking spot.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2015
Campus Aesthetics: C, Education Quality: F
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