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Ripon College is a liberal arts college in Ripon, Wisconsinmarker, USA. It was founded in 1851, but its first class of students did not enroll until 1853. As of fall 2007, Ripon College's student body stood at around 1000.


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 by Dr. Clark Kuebler, who served as president from 1944-1955. The National Forensic League, which is still located in Ripon, Wisconsin, was founded at the college in 1925.

Ripon is a member of the ACM. The college's Rodman Center for the Arts houses a collection of classical Greek and Roman artifact and two life-size portraits by Anthony van Dyck of Princess Amalia of the House of Orange and Sir Roger Townshend.

Ripon is offering new freshmen in fall 2009 the option of receiving a free Trek 820 mountain bike, helmet, and U-lock if they pledge not to bring a car to campus for the entire year. The "velorution" bike program aims to cut down on traffic and limit the amount of necessary student parking lots in the rural campus.

In 2009, Forbes ranked Ripon 100th on the list of America's 600 best colleges.

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


Internationally renowned 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.

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
  • 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


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).

Notable alumni



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