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  • THE AIMS AND OUTCOMES OF A

    LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATIONARE ESSENTIAL TO

    OUR NATIONS FUTURE.

    College Learning for the New Global Century, a report issuedby the Association of American Colleges and Universities

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    iOffice of Admission 300 Seward St.

    Ripon, WI 54971-02481-800-947-4766 920-748-8337adminfo@ripon.edu www.ripon.edu

    There is such a heavy emphasis on effective communication inthe workplace that college students who master these skills can

    set themselves apart from the pack when searching for employment.Marilyn Mackes,

    executive director, National Association of Colleges and Employers

    You can major in music and go to med school or major in biology and becomea journalist. Philosophy has established a track record as a great major for law school even better than political science (which we call politics and government here at Ripon).

    For example, Stephanie Greene 72, a Ripon philosophy major, is a vice presidentat JPMorganChase.Merline Lovelace 68, a double major in German and Russian,is a best-selling author of more than 60 suspense and romance novels. Another Riponphilosophy major, Hollywood legendHarrison Ford 64, is anyone he wants to be.

    The bottom line?

    Your liberal arts education will change your life and keep changing with your life.Its a higher education degree that adds a higher degree of meaning to your world.

    ACADEMICPROGRAMSMAJORSAnthropologyArtArt HistoryBiologyBusiness AdministrationChemistryChemistry-BiologyCommunicationComputer ScienceEconomicsEducational StudiesEnglishEnvironmental StudiesExercise ScienceFrenchForeign LanguagesGermanGlobal StudiesHistoryLatin American Area StudiesMathematicsMusicPhilosophyPhysicsPolitics & GovernmentPsychobiologyPsychologyReligionSelf-designed MajorSociology-AnthropologySpanishTheatre

    CERTIFICATION PROGRAMSEducation CertificationEarly ChildhoodElementaryElementary/Middle SchoolSecondarySecondary/Middle Music K-12Physical Education K-12DUAL-DEGREE PROGRAMSEngineeringForestryNursing and Allied Health Sciences/Medical Technology

    Social Welfare

    PRE-PROFESSIONALPROGRAMSDentistryJournalismLaw and GovernmentLibrary and Information ScienceMedicineMilitary Science (ROTC)MinistryOptometryPhysical TherapyVeterinary Medicine

    -- -96% ofRipon students

    are employed,student teaching,or enrolled ingraduate schoolwithin six monthsof graduation.

    LIBERALARTSMAJORS:ALMOST INFINITELY FLEXIBLE AND ADAPTABLE.At a liberal arts college, almost any major can leadto almost any career.

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  • THE AIMS AND OUTCOMES OF A

    LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATIONARE ESSENTIAL TO

    OUR NATIONS FUTURE.

    College Learning for the New Global Century, a report issuedby the Association of American Colleges and Universities

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    iOffice of Admission 300 Seward St.

    Ripon, WI 54971-02481-800-947-4766 920-748-8337adminfo@ripon.edu www.ripon.edu

    There is such a heavy emphasis on effective communication inthe workplace that college students who master these skills can

    set themselves apart from the pack when searching for employment.Marilyn Mackes,

    executive director, National Association of Colleges and Employers

    You can major in music and go to med school or major in biology and becomea journalist. Philosophy has established a track record as a great major for law school even better than political science (which we call politics and government here at Ripon).

    For example, Stephanie Greene 72, a Ripon philosophy major, is a vice presidentat JPMorganChase.Merline Lovelace 68, a double major in German and Russian,is a best-selling author of more than 60 suspense and romance novels. Another Riponphilosophy major, Hollywood legendHarrison Ford 64, is anyone he wants to be.

    The bottom line?

    Your liberal arts education will change your life and keep changing with your life.Its a higher education degree that adds a higher degree of meaning to your world.

    ACADEMICPROGRAMSMAJORSAnthropologyArtArt HistoryBiologyBusiness AdministrationChemistryChemistry-BiologyCommunicationComputer ScienceEconomicsEducational StudiesEnglishEnvironmental StudiesExercise ScienceFrenchForeign LanguagesGermanGlobal StudiesHistoryLatin American Area StudiesMathematicsMusicPhilosophyPhysicsPolitics & GovernmentPsychobiologyPsychologyReligionSelf-designed MajorSociology-AnthropologySpanishTheatre

    CERTIFICATION PROGRAMSEducation CertificationEarly ChildhoodElementaryElementary/Middle SchoolSecondarySecondary/Middle Music K-12Physical Education K-12DUAL-DEGREE PROGRAMSEngineeringForestryNursing and Allied Health Sciences/Medical Technology

    Social Welfare

    PRE-PROFESSIONALPROGRAMSDentistryJournalismLaw and GovernmentLibrary and Information ScienceMedicineMilitary Science (ROTC)MinistryOptometryPhysical TherapyVeterinary Medicine

    -- -96% ofRipon students

    are employed,student teaching,or enrolled ingraduate schoolwithin six monthsof graduation.

    LIBERALARTSMAJORS:ALMOST INFINITELY FLEXIBLE AND ADAPTABLE.At a liberal arts college, almost any major can leadto almost any career.

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  • Intentionally small or moderate in size (Ripons enrollment isabout 1,000), residential (more than 90 percent of our studentslive on campus), and all undergraduate.

    There may be 20,000 students or more at a big school, but how many of them willyou ever even meet? On a small, residential campus, you can get to know everyone,including those of very different backgrounds and cultures. Graduate students oftenenjoy a privileged status at many schools, but because Ripon is strictly an undergraduatecollege, our attention is focused squarely on you. You have priority access to all of ourresources, facilities and equipment.

    A low student to faculty ratio (Ripons is 15:1) andthe majority of classes have fewer than 20 students.

    In smaller classes, your professors know what you are capable of and hold you to ahigh standard. Smaller classes also foster questions and discussions, the best way to learn.Youll even have the chance to work one-on-one with a professor on independentstudies or research projects. Contrast that to a lecture class with 300 or morestudents the instructor wont even notice if you are there or not.

    Faculty who are first and foremost devoted to teaching,with a high percentage of full-time faculty holding a Ph.D.or equivalent highest degree.

    At many large universities, faculty research is valued more highly than teachingskills. Youll find many courses are taught by graduate students, not by professors. Riponsprofessors are top scholars in their fields (97% hold a Ph.D.), but teaching is their firstpriority and they love it. They also involve their students in their ongoing research.

    A curriculum that emphasizes breadth of knowledge,as well as depth of knowledge in the major field.

    This is mission-critical at a liberal arts college.We provide you with a broad foundationof knowledge in the humanities, sciences and social sciences that puts your major studiesin context. In daily life, its getting harder and harder to draw a line that separates religionand politics or business and ethics or science and philosophy liberal arts studentsknow the connections.

    The value of an educationin a liberal arts college is notthe learning of many factsbut the training of the mind

    to think something that cannotbe learned from textbooks.

    Albert Einstein

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    WHATMAKES ALIBERAL ARTS COLLEGESODIFFERENT FROMOTHERCOLLEGESANDUNIVERSITIES?

    Your education doesnt stop when you earn your degree. Your careerwont be defined by your first job. At every step of your life, youllbe confronted by new ideas and new areas of knowledge to absorb.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, over a 20-year period,Americans change jobs an average of 10 times after graduatingfrom college.

    As a graduate of a liberal arts college, youll be uniquely qualifiedto succeed in a rapidly changing world. Because your education hastaught you not what to think, but how to think and how to learn,youll be able to adapt and apply your knowledge in innovative ways.

    At Ripon, we hold true to the ideals of the liberal arts. From ourfounding in 1851 to the present day, weve produced graduates whosucceed in creating meaningful lives, not just making good livings,because theyve achieved these important outcomes: Critical thinking skills Problem-solving skills Effective written and oral communication skills Lifelong learning skills Leadership and teamwork skills Independence and creativity High personal and professional ethical standards Aesthetic sensibility Global awareness

    DISTINCTIVEOUTCOMESOF A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION(no matter what your major)

    THEOUTCOMESOF A LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION AREESSENTIAL TO YOUR SUCCESSFULFUTURE ASWELL.

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