Learn – Change of plans

Whether you know what you want to study or are still deciding, a liberal arts education affords you opportunities to explore and get involved in your education. Matthew McDougal talks here about how he gets the support he needs, academically and creatively.

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Learn – Moments of success, moments of struggle

Keene State students “own their own engagement” – and so do our faculty. Darrell Hucks talks here about how he fosters that in his students, and also about how he and colleague Tanya Sturtz have developed a new approach for their Educational Reading and Writing class.

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Learn – Learn by doing, immediately

Undergraduates at Keene State do (and publish!) meaningful research in their fields – work that’s done exclusively by grad students or faculty at other institutions. Colin Fagan talks here about getting to do real-world work, and the support he found in the adventure of forging his own path.

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Learn – Innovative programs

Innovative programs at KSC – like Holocaust and Genocide Studies – afford you the opportunity to work with faulty who are world-renowned in their fields. Jim Waller talks here about how students change their lives and perspectives and learn to recognize themselves as citizens of a global community.

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Learn – Building relationships

Keene State students find academic mentors and research partners. Faculty here are known for their dedication to teaching. More than 50% of classes have fewer than 20 students, and only 4% have more than 40. Rose Kundanis talks here about her commitment to collaboration, hands-on experience, and accepting our students where they are.

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Live – Home sweet home

Move-in Day is one of the most exciting days of Keene State's year – when people across campus come together to help new students get settled in their residence halls. First-year students and sophomores all live on campus (as do many juniors and seniors). Living here is the best way to connect to the college community. Keene State also offers living-learning communities (LLCs), as a way to help ensure you stay on the right track. On our 170-acre campus, residence halls are close to the Student Center and academic buildings.

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Live – Food, glorious food

Zorn Dining Commons can accommodate any dietary restriction or palate, whether you need something quick and ready-made or made to order. Smaller venues like the Night Owl Café and Lloyd’s offer extended hours, snacks, and meals to go. Popular special events like Global Chef and Localvore Lunches add variety.

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Live – Mason Library

The Mason Library offers an extensive academic collection and a quiet place to study, but that's just the beginning. You can borrow a book, a DVD, a laptop, or a bicycle. Visit the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Attend lectures or live music events. And you'll also find technology-rich collaborative work spaces, media viewing rooms, rooms for group projects or meetings, special exhibits, and a rich and extensive archive collection. Librarians are available for one-on-one research help, and Keene State students have access to the nearby Keene Public Library and all of its resources, as well.

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Live – Weather – or not

You know what they say about weather in New England – if you don't like it, wait five minutes. On campus or nearby, through all four seasons, you'll find easy access to indoor and outdoor activities alike: Hiking, paddling, skiing and snowboarding, climbing, movies, live performances, lectures, art galleries. We hope while you're here, you'll take advantage of what we offer, as well as what the beautiful Monadnock Region does.

Play – Let's get physical

The Recreation Center at Keene State houses great workout facilities, group classes, courts, and an indoor track for all your fitness needs. Intramural and club sports are a great way to meet new people, reconnect with friends, and continue playing the sports you have grown to love, or try a new activity you’ve never played before. KSC offers team, dual, and individual leagues in which participants compete for the coveted champion t-shirt. You can organize your own team or utilize the free agent list in hopes of getting picked up by another team looking for more players.

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Play – Be an Owl booster

We don't know who has more fun: athletes in the 18 NCAA D-III sports or the members of Owl Nation who throng the athletic fields and Spaulding Gym to cheer them on. But we're proud of our student athletes and their accomplishments – both in their sports and in their classrooms.

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Play – Get involved

WKNH, our campus radio station, is just one of more than 100 student-run organizations and volunteer opportunities to help you become part of the campus community and have fun, including club sports, academic-related groups, music and theatrical ensembles, religious organizations, activist groups, community service, Greek life, and much, much more. When we ask current students for their best advice for new students, they consistently say, "Get involved."

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Engage – Real-world experience

KSC students – in majors from chemistry to health science to the arts – develop real-world research and leadership skills through internships, field research, conference presentations, and other collaborative work. Renate Gebauer talks about how her students' field work connects them not only to their field but also to their community.

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Engage – Connections for good

The connections our students and faculty are able to make with each other serve not only student learning, but also the community. See how a geography professor's need led to a sustainable product design student's project – and a little boy's increased freedom.

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Engage – New perspectives

Sarah Croitoru didn't imagine her women's and gender studies class would land her in jail – but when it did, she was able to take her classroom learning at Keene State and make it practical.

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Engage – Make a change

At KSC, creativity coupled with critical thinking is not just for artists – it nurtures scientists, teachers, architects, historians, nurses, programmers, and others. Whatever path you follow after college, the benefits of a liberal arts education will help you thrive. Math major Rushane Kelly talks about how music is his passion.

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Explore – What happens next?

We surveyed 2014 grads one year after graduation to see how they were doing. Of those who responded, 97% were either employed or in graduate education. Of those employed, 77% say their job is related to their studies at KSC. Hear our newest alumni talk about their plans for the future.

Explore – Go away

KSC encourages students to take advantage of global education. Our students learn around the country and around the world — through study abroad, faculty-led academic programs, and international service learning. Dottie Morris talks about how students in the Keene State Honors program traveled outside their comfort zones and into defining moments.

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Explore – You are here

You've seen Keene State and what it offers its current students. Are you ready to see yourself here?

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