Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST)
Although the entirety of the BEST program is no longer active, there remains a BEST LLC during the 2018-19 academic year.
Keene State College is committed to providing living and learning experiences that help students to succeed during college, and for years to come. Research shows that living-learning communities, where students with similar academic interests are also connected through housing and extra-curricular interests, help students achieve success in college. Keene State has several existing living-learning communities that support students by linking them with faculty and other students, frequently building life-long friendships. By offering select living-learning communities to first-year students, Keene State also helps new students adjust as they make the transition into college life.
Starting in the 2015-16 school year, Keene State offered a living-learning community for first-year students who are interested in exploring majors in biology, mathematics, chemistry, computer science, geology or physics, called the BEST (Building Excellence in Science and Technology) Community. While students will take core classes together for their majors, they will also connect with students from a variety of other majors through classes taken to complete integrated studies requirements. First-year students are strongly encouraged to apply, as it will open up a range of opportunities, including priority for undergraduate research funds, and additional access to faculty, peer, and alumni mentors. The BEST Community will join other living-learning communities in one of the select residential life buildings on campus.
This program is no longer active, so no contact information is listed.