Keene State College campus

Overview

Applicants
5,466
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.00

GPA Breakdown

6%
Over 3.75
10%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
34%
2.50 - 2.99
17%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
440 - 540
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
440 - 530
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
430 - 530
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

Other Admission Factors


Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Students Say

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."

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
53%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

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


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,277

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,227

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,334

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
84%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$41,016

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,999

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,340
Transportation for Commuters
$1,300

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
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,165
Foreign Countries Represented
4

Demographics

1.43%
Asian
1.25%
African-American
3.56%
Hispanic
86.50%
Caucasian
4.79%
Unknown

55% female
45% male
57% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Students Say

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.

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
53%
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
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

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."

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
26

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
3

5% join a fraternity
8% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

25% participate in intramural sports
8% 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)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
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

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
18%

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 Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
22

Average Number of PC's per Lab
17

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

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.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Peggy 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

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
Super 8, Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, E.F.Lane Hotel, plus many small inns and bed and breakfasts.