Welcome to our 170-acre campus, located a few minutes’ walk from downtown Keene, N.H.
Enter Keene State through the Appian Gateway on Main Street. The columns that flank the gateway are inscribed with the College motto, “Enter to learn, go forth to serve.” Appian Way is the central pedestrian thoroughfare of the campus, linking residence halls, academic buildings, Mason Library, Student Center, Dining Commons, and Spaulding Gym.
Films. Concerts. Theater. Sports. Lectures. Networking events, art exhibits, fairs, political rallies, conferences – a lot is happening at Keene State College! Many events are free and open to the public. Explore the complete calendar of events, search by your area of interest, or submit a listing for the calendar:
The Keene State College priority of “diversity in community, curriculum and co-curriculum” is intimately connected with our other priorities of “academic excellence and student success” and institutional effectiveness, sustainability and financial stability.”
Diversity in perspective, community, ideas and thoughts are core aspects of innovation and advancement. It will take creative and innovative thinkers rooted in an understanding of diversity to help develop sustainable solutions to the challenges facing the United States and the world. It is imperative to provide educational opportunities to adequately prepare students to meet these challenges. More about Diversity & Multiculturalism
Performing Arts: The Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond is home to a thriving arts scene, hosting concerts, recitals, theatrical performances, and dance by nationally renowned artists as well as KSC students and faculty. Its annual subscription series plays to capacity audiences. Explore the Redfern’s season schedule.
Visual Arts: The Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery on Wyman Way is a center for the visual arts in the Monadnock region, attracting traveling exhibits and displaying the works of regional artists as well. The smaller Carroll House Gallery on Main Street hosts an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary works and gives art students experience in installing exhibits.
Film: The Putnam Arts Lecture Hall on Brickyard Pond is home to the KSC Film Society, which screens popular, international, and indie films year-round. The hall is equipped for films up to 70-mm format and for Dolby Digital Sound.
Service is a core value of Keene State College, a principle that dates back to its founding in 1909. The College community is an integral part of the greater Keene community. Students, faculty, and staff live here, work here, volunteer here, and are invested in the social and economic health of Keene and the Monadnock region.
- The Community Service Office links student volunteers with local nonprofits.
- Student interns work in businesses and organizations, education majors do their student teaching in local schools, and student volunteer organizations raise thousands of dollars for local causes each year.
- The whole campus participates in Community Service Day each fall, helping with clean-up projects, repairs, and many other needs.
- The Child Development Center welcomes young children from the community to its innovative childcare programs.
- The College collaborates with local businesses, including workforce development, certification programs, and skills upgrades for the high-tech industry around Keene.
(population 23,000, give or take a student or two)
The city of Keene offers residents and visitors a wide range of cultural and educational opportunities. The Monadnock Region is home to an international music school, an artist colony, and venues that attract award-winning performers and national touring companies. Our business community represents a full spectrum, from “mom and pop” businesses to world-class companies. More about Discover Keene, NH
Planning a visit to Keene State College? Check here first for directions and visitor parking information, updates on campus and town construction, information on accessibility to campus buildings and grounds, and other information. More about Visitor Information
We’re proud of our safety record at Keene State College. Safety programs and services include campus shuttles; bicycle safety; violence awareness and prevention; and cyber-crime prevention. More about Campus Safety
Contact Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435-3701