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How to Apply

We are pleased that you’re considering Keene State College! With more than 40 academic areas of study to choose from, 85+ student-run organizations to join, and many student research, volunteer, and internships opportunities, you’ll thrive and earn a high-quality education here.

SAT and ACT scores aren’t needed to be considered for acceptance. The sooner we receive your application and all supporting documents, the sooner you’ll get a decision, which allows you to narrow down your college choices and begin the financial aid process earlier. You’re in the right place!

Whether you’re a first-year college student, or you are transferring to Keene State, we’re here to help make each step of becoming an Owl as easy as possible.

Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming an Owl for First-Year Students and Transfer Students

Apply online using the Keene State Application or the Common Application. You only need to submit one to be considered for admission.

Step 2: Submit the application fee

There’s no fee to apply if you use Keene State’s Leap Forward application and submit it before July 15. The Common Application has a $50 non-refundable application fee. You can pay online using a credit card. If you have trouble submitting a payment, please contact the Admissions Office.

Step 3: Send your transcripts

  • If you are a first-year applicant, you must submit your official high school transcript.
  • If you are a transfer student (because you’ve earned 13 or more credits that can be applied to college), submit a final high school transcript in addition to official college transcripts if you have earned 26 credits or less in college credits. (Due to federal requirements.)
  • If you are a home-schooled applicant, send documentation of completion of high school studies in the form of the High School Equivalency Test (HSE), General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or certificate of completion from a local school district of state board of education.

NOTE: If you are unable to submit your official transcript due to COVID-19 related delays, we will accept an unofficial transcript to complete your application. We are also accepting pass (P) grades. Upon admission and prior to enrollment, you will be asked to submit your final transcript once available.

Step 4: Check your application status

Once you’ve submitted your application to Keene State, the admissions office will email you a link to track your application. Check this link to ensure that all required application materials have been received.

Step 5: Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to award federal grants, loans, work-study, and other forms of gift aid. We encourage you to file well before the March 1 deadline to maximize the amount of aid you’re offered. Keene State’s federal school code is 002590.

Dual Admission at New Hampshire Community Colleges and University System Colleges

The power of two! Pay one application fee and take advantage of a new educational pathway that allows you to enroll at one of the seven New Hampshire Community Colleges and be admitted into the University System of New Hampshire at the same time. You’ll complete an associate degree at a community college and then transition to Keene State.

Additional Resources

Contact Admissions

Admissions Office
☎ 603-358-2276
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435