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About the College

Enter to Learn – Go Forth to Serve.

The Mission

Keene State College prepares promising students to think critically and creatively, to engage in active citizenship, and to pursue meaningful work. As the public liberal arts college of New Hampshire, KSC offers an enriching campus community and achieves academic excellence through the integration of teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.

The Educational Experience At Keene State

Educational Philosophy The liberal arts mission dedicates Keene State College to the development of knowledge and skills necessary for its students to meet the challenges of the changing world. As a public institution, Keene State provides educational opportunities for all qualified students and continues its heritage of service to New Hampshire and the New England region. The collaborative spirit among the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies is at the core of the overall liberal arts education at Keene State. It provides a small college experience focused on rigorous academic programs and a tradition of small classes, collaborative faculty-student research, and service learning.

Programmatic Offerings

Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered through the following schools: Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences, Professional and Graduate Studies, and the Division of Continuing Education. In addition to degrees offered within each school, Keene State College also offers degrees in several distinctive interdisciplinary programs, including Holocaust and Genocide Studies, American Studies, Environmental Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and International Studies.

The Educational Landscape for Keene State College

The College’s innovative curriculum and focus on high-impact practices have won national praise. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Keene State College in the top tier of schools in the North. The Princeton Review regularly lists Keene State College as one of the best colleges in the Northeast and has also named Keene State a “Green College,” recognizing its remarkable commitment to sustainability.

Keene State College is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), an organization with 27 institutional members that champions the cause of liberal arts education of superior quality in the public sector. Additionally, AAC&U has recognized Keene State College as a Campus Action Network Partner and an exemplar program in LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise). KSC is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of NCAA Division III athletics.

The Keene Community

Located in the heart of the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, the city of Keene is the regional center for commerce, employment, culture, and the arts. Keene State College and the city of Keene have forged a valued partnership that informs and guides decisions and endeavors mutually beneficial to KSC and the city. Keene State College serves a broad mission, meeting the needs of the region and the state through such efforts as the OSHA Training Institute Education Center, the OSHA Consultation Program, the Southwestern New Hampshire Education Support Center, the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning, Kids on Campus, and the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

The Strategic Vision

Based on its mission and values, the Keene State community has developed a Strategic Planning Framework 2011-2016 in order to prioritize its commitments. The three main areas of commitment are:

  1. Academic excellence and student success.
  2. Institutional effectiveness, sustainability, and financial stability.
  3. Diversity in the community, curriculum, and co-curriculum.

Additional details on these strategic priorities are located at

More Facts About Keene State College

  • KSC offers 43 undergraduate majors in the arts and sciences, professional programs, and selected graduate degrees.
  • The College enrolls a total of 5,605 students including 4,787 undergraduate students, 104 graduate students, and 169 credit and 545 non-credit continuing education students.
  • More than 7,500 individuals register annually in credit and noncredit courses, serving hundreds of community members young and old, providing consultation services to more than 200 businesses, offering training and professional development opportunities for thousands of workers, and partnering with local communities and institutions to grow the manufacturing base of the region.
  • In 2011, Keene State enrolled the highest number of students in the College’s history.
  • Approximately 50 percent of the College’s student population comes from out-of-state, with representation from 23 states and six countries.
  • Keene State College is proud of its commitment to educating first-generation college students: each enrolled first-year class has approximately 40 percent first-generation college students.
  • Keene State College employs 850 faculty and staff.
  • The College’s annual budget is $130 million.