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RCNJ is what you make of it.Quite BrightCommunications
RCNJ is what you make of it. When I attended the school, I knew people who loved it, people who absolutely despised it, and everything in-between. The academics are fine, some majors are definitely better than others. I liked the small class sizes - no 400-person lecture halls here. Professors are a mixed bag, though I did have some great classes.

The social life is awful. Some students are nice, but others are arrogant and snooty (though that's probably true for a lot of schools) and the school is very clique-ish. That said, I did make a few lifelong friends in the end. Lots of kids go home on the weekends, and there isn't much to do in Mahwah, NJ. At least NYC (where I live now) is only 25 miles away.

On the upside, the campus is beautiful and the dorms are great, just as nice as you've heard.I think Ramapo is good and bad - even down to the offices, some (i.e. The Women's Center) are outstanding and some are a joke. I don't regret going here, but I do sometimes wonder "What if?" Prospective students, weigh all of your options carefully and decide for yourself.

4th Year Female -- Class 2006
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Social Life: D
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Attended 12-15.Quite BrightOther
Attended 12-15. Commuted 12-13.
Good professors are outstanding, genuinely teach and even make an impression. Bad professors are horrible wastes of time and money.

Good offices (Cahill Careers, OSS, Womens' Center, Dining) are good to outstanding.
The reason NOT TO GO HERE: Bad offices (Public Safety, ResLife, Administration, the Board of Directors, bursar, registrar, provost) are abysmal, incapable of solving problems, and tend to inconvenience students more than help them.

There is no outdoor social life as of 15-16, courtesy of Administration and Public Safety. The dorms are visually nice and accommodating, but living at Ramapo is not unlike a prison nowadays, with Public Safety knocking on your doors three times in one night to let you know that you currently aren't causing trouble, but that you shouldn't and they'll get you if you do. That happened once. ResLife is consistently a pain to deal with as well.

Public Safety also proves incapable of resolving issues, as a case of sexual assault was unresolved, reported in their office, for over an entire semester's time. This was not one of the publicized cases that helped destroy Ramapo's public image in local media.

The social demographic is New Jersey kids. You will find your clique and have a good time. This demographic includes entitled Bergen babies but they tend to 'get it' by mid-sophomore year.Commute for a Bachelor's. If you want a college experience, avoid, you will find so much more elsewhere.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2016
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Scholastic Success: F
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I was the biggest advocate for Ramapo College,BrightPsychology
I was the biggest advocate for Ramapo College, always defending the school when it was being trash talked. If you plan on coming here strictly for the academics then the school is great. I am a sophomore now and can honestly say my freshman year was great. The people here are wonderful and the social aspect was great. Ramapo recently cracked down on their policies and nothing goes on around campus. To the extent that students were being broken up if they stood in too big of groups on a certain part of campus. My 3 very close friends who are all athletes, are giving up their love to play their sport, and are all transferring. Ramapo, you have so much potential but our administration is running the school into the ground in too many ways. The rules and restrictions on everything now are suffocating and feel like I am in high school again. I do not feel like I am treated as an individual here, every student is just one in the same.
1st Year Female -- Class 2018
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Social Life: D
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