MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College has been recognized by Great Value Colleges as the top college in New Jersey and was ranked 24th in the country on its list of Best Disability Friendly Schools.
Ramapo College’s Office of Specialized Services (OSS) coordinates the support services and accommodations for approximately 500 students with disability.
“To be ranked as one of the best Disability Friendly Schools in the nation is a great honor. Such a designation represents a recognition of the College’s long institutional commitment to supporting individuals with disabilities,” said David Nast, Director of Specialized Services at Ramapo. “The work of OSS is so successful because of the College’s broad base commitment to supporting students with disabilities. This support can be seen through the actions of administration, staff, faculty and students on a daily basis.”
According to Greatvaluecolleges.net, professional organizations that track disability in the United States note that levels of disability employment, earnings and health vary greatly from state to state, and there is still a vast disparity between American Colleges when it comes to educating people with disabilities. Ramapo was distinguished for its “top-notch disability services that allow their students to succeed.”
“Serving students with disabilities has been in the College’s DNA since its founding in 1969 and is consistently recognized for our campus wide efforts,” said Christopher Romano, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “I am continually proud and impressed by the work of our Office of Specialized Services and the campus wide advocacy to ease the transition to college life for students with disabilities. This recognition reinforces the promise we make to students; a commitment to individualized attention that not only prepares you for a lifetime of success, but expands your network to include mentors and advisors who will assist you on the path to an undergraduate degree.”
Great Value Colleges also noted that Ramapo’s historical dedication of treating students with disabilities has led College Magazine to name the College as the seventh best college for the physically disabled. Dealing With Different also named Ramapo College as the 15th best for the physically disabled.