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There is something about getting hands-on with your learning that really makes it meaningful and memorable.

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Why Choose KSC

This is what Keene State has to offer:

  • A four-year residential college focused on you, the undergraduate.
  • A school large enough to give you room to fly; small enough so you can’t disappear.
  • A liberal arts education that prepares you for life: your next move, and how to get there.
  • A good value. You spend four years here, committed to learning. We equip you for the next 40.

Majors & Degrees

Keene State Gonfalons

Areas of Study

Whatever you plan for your future, Keene State can give you the knowledge and skills to put you on the path to success. Whether you see yourself as an artist, a teacher, a nurse, a scientist, a physical trainer, a business leader, a designer for high-tech manufacturing – let your imagination be your guide – we offer over 40 areas of study to get you where you want to go. More about Majors & Degrees

Check out our list of programs – plenty of wise choices await.

Can’t decide?

If you want to graduate in four years, you will need to commit to a major as soon as possible. During your first academic year, while you explore the curriculum, make friends with an advisor in the Academic and Career Center in Elliot Hall.


Katie Kiley,  Biology student and researcher

“The techniques and the skills that I am learning from working in a lab will stick with me for a lifetime. Keene State has given me the chance to see that I am unique and that my time is what I make of it.”
–Katie Kiley
Biology student and researcher

College is not cheap, but we firmly believe we provide an exceptional value.

2016-17 ChargesResident of NHOut-of-State
Tuition (full-time)$10,968$19,352
Room (multiple)$6,882$6,882
Board (platinum plan)$3,508$3,508
Mandatory Fees$2,645$2,645

Tuition and Fee rates are approved by the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees and are subject to change at any time.

Please note: Pre-licensure nursing students pay a $500 tuition differential in each of their four clinical semesters.

Financial Aid

In 2014-2015

92% of KSC Students
receive financial assistance.
$13 million
in Institutional Financial Aid awarded by Keene State College
$5.2 million
in Federal scholarships and grants was awarded
$1.5 million
was awarded as Student Work Study employment
$4.74 Million
in Pell Grants to neediest students

More than 90 percent of our students receive financial assistance.

Providing students with workable packages of merit scholarships and grants, loans, and campus jobs is the highest priority of our Financial Aid office. In order to demonstrate financial need, required forms, especially the FAFSA, must be filed on time.

What is a financial aid package?

No two students are alike, but if you are admitted and qualify for financial aid, you will be awarded a package: some combination of scholarships (which do not have to be paid back), loans (which do), and work on campus (which, believe it or not, can be fun, and even educational).

More about Financial Aid

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Upcoming Events

May 24, 2016 (Tuesday)
Merrimack College NEACAC College Fair
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. • Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St, North Andover, MA 01845, United States
May 26, 2016 (Thursday)
UMaine Augusta NEACAC College Fair
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. • Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr, Augusta, ME 04330, United States
UMaine Augusta NEACAC College Fair
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. • Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr, Augusta, ME 04330, United States
May 27, 2016 (Friday)
Keene State College NEACAC College Fair
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. • Keene State College, 229 Main St, Keene, NH 03431, United States

More admissions events

Admitted Student Day!

You’re In! Imagine yourself here. Register now for one of our Admitted Student Days.

  • Visit our first year residence halls and mingle with students
  • Enjoy lunch in our Dining Commons
  • Meet our faculty during our “Major” Fair
  • Browse the Owl Information Fair to learn more about Student Activities and Support Services
  • Hang out with us from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – you’ll be glad you did!
Schedule a Visit Request a Group Tour

How to Apply

Most Keene State students apply directly from high school, although we also welcome older students, transfer students, and anyone interested in learning. If you are a high school student, we pay a lot of attention to your performance in college preparatory courses, a great predictor of college success.

High school coursework must include:

Discipline Units
English 4 units
Mathematics 3 units*
Sciences 3 units
Social Studies 2 units
Academic electives 2 units

*at a minimum, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry

To apply, complete and submit the Common Application form and KSC Supplement at (preferred) or by mail. The application fee is $50.

More about How to Apply

Admitted Students

Student outside student center

Congratulations on being admitted to Keene State College! What’s next?

New Student Orientation

“My best advice is to get involved on campus right away. It will teach you skills in teamwork and communication.”
Alyssa Gilhooly, Quantitative Business Analysis (individualized major), was an RA and helped KSC win “School of the Year” for its residential program in 2011.

What’s Orientation? It’s a way to get acquainted. With your roommate, with the campus, with your class.

Spring Orientation for new students is: Sunday, January 17th, 2016
June Orientation dates are as follows:
  • Session 1: June 5 - 6, 2016
  • Session 2: June 8 - 9, 2016
  • Session 3: June 12 - 13, 2016
  • Session 4: June 15 - 16, 2016
Get StartedTransfer Students

Become a Keene State Parent

Mother and Daughter

As a parent or guardian of a Keene State student, you are part of a wonderful community and we invite you to become involved with campus life. We offer Parent Information Sessions as well as a Resource Guide for Parents. More about Become a Keene State Parent

Adult Students

Angela Stebbins

Many adult students are starting college for the first time or looking for ways to balance a number of personal or professional commitments. More about Adult Students

Veteran Students

Sean Sullivan

Keene State values our veterans and offers the resources to help make your experience at Keene State one that exceeds your expectations. More about Veteran Students

Part-Time Students

E. Kyrousis

Thinking about starting or completing a degree? We know your experience and your goals may be different. More about Part-Time Students

Transfer Students

Eric Sansone

A transfer student is any applicant who has ever applied to and been enrolled at any post-secondary college or university. Even if you took only one course or did not complete a semester. More about Transfer Students

High School Counselor Connection

Fiske Quad

We believe that it is important for our counselors to form relationships with school guidance counselors and students. Learn more about Keene State College, our counselors and travel schedule. More about High School Counselor Connection

Contact Admissions

Admissions Office
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435