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Academics

Affordable Keene State College is a liberal arts school with a strong pre-professional bent located in a "classic New England" town. While this school is "best known for its teacher education program," there's a host of other majors including architecture as well as unique programs in holocaust and genocide studies and something called safety studies. Much of the "well-equipped" physical campus is pretty new, and several buildings are "state of the art." "Professors here at KSC are hit-or-miss." "There are some brilliant, effective, and extremely devoted instructors at Keene State in every department," promises a history major. "Most professors are genuinely invested in giving you a good education and not wasting your money," agrees an education major. "They make themselves available to students and will try to keep class interesting." However, those professors who form the weak link "don't help students outside of class."

Student Body

For the most part, everyone seems to get along at Keene State. These students are "mellow" "normal kids" who "are pretty accepting of anyone." "A typical student is someone who has the ability to balance school, work, and other school activities along with a social life." There are students "who are less interested in their education." "The nerds and bookworms are flourishing," too. There's "always a ton of students studying in the library." There are also athletes, "crunchy granolas," and "more than a handful of hipsters." "There is very little ethnic diversity here," "but it is New Hampshire after all." While students have roots in quite a few states, students tend to come from "close to home." "New Englanders" predominate, and the majority hails from the Granite State. "A lot of people seem to come from Connecticut," too. About a third of the students here are the first members of their families to attend college.

Campus Life

Keene State has "just the right number of people" and is the perfect size—"right between a large university and a very small school." The campus is pretty—"especially in the fall"—and, weather permitting, "the quad is always filled with Frisbees and footballs." Students tell us that Keene State is "a very social institution." Sports are reasonably popular. "The clubs and organizations are extremely well organized." "There is some Greek life," but it's nothing huge. Partying can definitely be a part of life at KSC for those seeking it out. Other students cringe at this description. "There are a lot of alternative activities to drinking," students say. The campus here is nicely situated in the town of Keene. "Everything is walking distance," and there's a decent selection of "shops, bars, and restaurants." The Keene Pumpkin Festival in the fall involves thousands of jack-o-lanterns and is quite a big deal. Don't miss the big gourd-carving free-for-fall called Pumpkin Lobotomy on campus. In the overall scheme of things, though, the surrounding area is "rural environment" "in the backwoods of New Hampshire" where "it gets pretty cold" for the better part of the school year. On the plus side, "there is a lot of" skiing, snowboarding, "and, of course, sledding."

Overview

Applicants
4,958
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average HS GPA
3.00

GPA Breakdown

6%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
30%
2.50 - 2.99
16%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 560
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — April 1


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
51%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services.
  • Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Health and Wellness, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling.

  • HISTORY.

  • American History (United States).
  • European History.
  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, Other.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • Holocaust and Related Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology and Anthropology.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Commercial and Advertising Art.
  • Dance, General.
  • Directing and Theatrical Production.
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Technology.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Bruce Stronach '74
former president of Yokohama City University (YCU) in Japan since 2004

Julie Bernier '86
Provost at Plymouth State University

Roger C. Memos '79
Independent Film & Television Producer

Ernie Hebert '69
Author, English professor, Dartmouth College

Wesley McNair'63
Poet Laureate of ME, Prof, Poet, Emmy Award Winner,Prof Emeritus UMaine

Jennifer Dunnington '93
Music Editor, Golden Reel and Emmy Award winner, The Hobbit, Hugo etc.

Dr. Howard Smith '42
Otolaryngologist, Healthcare Philanthropist, Emeriti faculty member of Yale

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
51%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
60%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,224

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,143

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,257

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
85%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$39,687

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,296

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,468
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$20,432
Required Fees
$2,744
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,760
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,026
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,503
Foreign Countries Represented
9

Demographics

1.28%
Asian
1.69%
African-American
4.24%
Hispanic
84.57%
Caucasian
5.75%
Unknown

55% female
45% male
56% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
56%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jane Warner

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
2

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
2

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
96
Number of Honor Societies
26

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
3

5% join a fraternity
7% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

17% participate in intramural sports
9% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Owls)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Owls)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UNH
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UNH

Sustainability

94/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and Apple are available through the Bookstore. Low-cost, academic discount computers, software and accessories as well as payment plans.

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Margaret Richmond
Director of Admissions

Address
Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-2604

Phone
603-358-2276

Email
admissions@keene.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Technology, Design, and Safety Center
Mason Library
Young Student Center, Night Owl Cafe
Arts Center on Brickyard Pond
Science Center
Zorn Dining Commons, Pondside residence hall, Spaulding Gym, Bodyworks Fitness Center, Alumni Center, First Year Living and Learning Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mount Monadnock
Sunapee Ski Resort
Main Street
Colonial Theatre

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:30am, 1:30pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@keene.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Closest Airport: Manchester NH Bus station and Taxi service in Keene, NH Train Station in Brattleboro, VT Shuttle transportation available to major airports.

Local Accommodations
Courtyard Keene Downtown, Best Western Plus, Holiday Inn Express, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Keene Downtown, Days Inn, plus many small inns and bed and breakfasts.


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