When it comes to Ripon's nightlife, the options, at first glance, may seem limited. In true Ripon fashion, it's what you make of it. Ripon is a residential campus, so about 90 percent of students lives on campus. Greek life is also all residential; all of the partying takes place on campus. And yes, there are parties, and there are definitely RAs and security to keep things more or less under control. There are several bars in Ripon that 21-and-up students will frequent. They often head to the bars in a pack, and students stick together and look out for each other. Drinking and driving is not a big issue on Ripon's campus because just about everything (residence halls, bars, convenience stores) is within walking distance.
In college, if one looks for it, it isn't hard to find alcohol, whether or not you're underage. It becomes a personal choice, which is often part of going to college. You have to learn to make personal decisions like that. There is not, however, great pressure to drink if you choose to abstain. It is still fun to go to parties if you choose not to drink. For the most part, Ripon College students understand that it is a personal choice and won't give you any grief for choosing one way or the other. There are also lots of activities planned outside of parties and drinking. Ripon College has an active programming board called SMAC (Student Media & Activities Committee), which brings comedians, magicians, hypnotists, speakers, movies, musical acts, and beyond to campus on a regular basis. If you're worried about the party atmosphere or being pressured to drink on campus, put it behind you. There are tons of students who choose not to drink and still have an awesome time!