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Ripon College formally launches the Forever Ripon campaign, a $75 million effort to expand access through student affordability and innovative programs, enhance our facilities, and strengthen our institution through the Ripon Fund. This campaign will prepare Ripon for the celebration of our 175th anniversary in 2026, adapt to an evolving higher education landscape and ensure a Ripon College degree is relevant for generations to come.

This is not just a wish, but an imperative — and we must act now.

“At Ripon College, we believe, like our founders, that our personalized approach has the power to ignite each student’s greatest potential.”

Endowment Growth - $40 million

$25 million Creating Access

Endowed student access and retention scholarships while increasing opportunities for Ripon students to engage with faculty for scholarship and research.

$15 million Innovating Curriculum

Endowed faculty support and development, curriculum development, experiential programming for students, and endowed diversity and inclusion support.

Facility Enhancement - $20 million

Strategic investments in our facilities — including an addition and thoughtful renovation for Farr Hall of Science; creation of an on-campus stadium; and updating residence halls with fresh amenities such as new furniture and collaboration spaces.

Rendering of the Ripon College Science Center, exterior view of the building

Franzen Science Center

Planned $24.5 million* renovation and expansion, including instrumentation upgrades and more than 19,000 square feet of new construction for laboratory, classroom and collaboration spaces.

Hopp Stadium

The new $8.5 million* on-campus stadium will house the Ripon College football and soccer teams, elevate the game day experience and enhance campus vitality.

External view of Tri-Dorms residence hall on the Ripon College campus

Residence Halls

Planned upgrades to the residence halls to enhance the campus living experience for all Ripon College students.

*total project cost

Sustaining Operations: Ripon Fund - $15 million

The Ripon Fund provides crucial flexibility to the College’s budget, enabling leadership to respond to the highest and most immediate financial needs on campus.

Inesha Wiseman and Associate Professor of Biology Barbara Sisson

A Campaign for
Access and Impact

Endowed Scholarships$20 million
Endowed Retention Scholarships$2.5 million

Endowed Research Opportunities

$2.5 million
Faculty Support & Development$10 million
   Inaugural Endowed Chair in Engineering – $2.5 million 
   Inaugural Endowed Chair in Exercise Science – $2.5 million 
Experiential Programming$3 million
   Internships, Career Discovery Tour, Study Abroad 
Diversity & Inclusion$2 million
   Endowed Director & Programming 
Franzen Science Center $24.5 million*
Hopp Stadium $8.5 million*
Residence Halls $2 million*

*total project cost

Ripon Fund

$75 million

Campaign Progress

ENDOWMENT GROWTH | $40 million goal
FACILITY ENHANCEMENT | $20 million goal (extended goal of $23 million)
SUSTAINING OPERATIONS | $15 million goal


$5.1 million

$67.3 million total raised

as of September 30, 2023


$75 million goal

Learn More

Learn more about the Forever Ripon campaign by reading the full press release here.

Support these Projects

If you are interested in joining the leadership fundraising phase of the campaign or naming opportunities, please contact Shawn Karsten ’09, vice president for Advancement, Marketing and Communications and chief of staff at [email protected] or 920-748-8126.