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How to Apply

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

We’re here to help make each step of becoming an Owl as easy as possible. 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. Follow the steps below to apply to Keene State!

Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming an Owl

Step 1: Complete an admission application.

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

The Keene State 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 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. If you are a transfer student, submit a final high school transcript in addition to official college transcripts.

Step 4: Request SAT or ACT scores be sent to Keene State

Keene State College is test optional for all students, except for those applying for an honors program or pursuing a nursing degree. You will need to submit scores upon enrollment.

Step 5: 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 6: 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.

NH Dual Admission

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
☎ 1-800-KSC-1909
229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435