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Tuition Rates

Estimated Undergraduate Costs

2020-21 ChargesResident of NHOut-of-State
Tuition (full-time)$11,754$21,466
Room (average)$8,406$8,406
Board (Hootie’s Choice Plus)$4,118$4,118
Mandatory Fees$2,884$2,884

Tuition and Fee rates are approved by the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees and are subject to change at any time. New Hampshire state funding helps to support the cost of an in-state education at Keene State College and other public higher education institutions. For this reason, the cost of in-state tuition at Keene State is lower than that of out-of-state tuition.

Please Note: Pre-licensure nursing students pay a $500 tuition differential in each of their four clinical semesters.

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About Keene State

Keene State was founded in 1909 as Keene Normal School, dedicated to training teachers. It joined the University System of New Hampshire in 1963 as Keene State College, the public liberal arts college of New Hampshire.

Location: On Main Street in Keene, N.H., the largest town (pop. 23,000) in southwestern New Hampshire. The College is only a few minutes’ walk to Keene’s lively downtown. It’s an easy drive from Keene to Boston or to the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire and the Green Mountains of neighboring Vermont.

Campus: 170 landscaped acres, with more than 60 buildings, including award-winning residence halls, new Zorn Dining Commons, Media Arts Center, David F. Putnam Science Center, and the popular L.P. Young Student Center. The New Hampshire Sunday News called our campus “a showplace of higher education.” If you come to school here, you’ll call it home.

Students: about 4,400 undergraduates. The incoming freshmen class will number about 1,250. Their average age: 18. About 58 percent will be female; 42 percent, male. Nearly all of them will live on campus. One hundred percent will be transformed in some way by their college experiences.

Academics: 40 majors and 36 minors, covering the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professional studies, plus interdisciplinary programs and individualized majors.

Student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1, and more than half of all classes have fewer than 20 students; 98 percent have fewer than 49. The Integrative Studies Program is an innovative and seamless way to meet general education requirements, and the four credit model brings focus and depth to academic study. For details on specific programs, see

Beyond the classroom: Varsity sports (Division III), club and intramural sports, 100 clubs and organizations, Greek life, Alternate Spring Break, community service, Habitat for Humanity, student newspaper, KSC-TV, WKNH-FM, jam sessions, internships, student government – in short, no lack of things to do!

Go global: The Global Education Office, affectionately known as GEO, is the campus hub for academic studyaway experiences and international student support. Fulltime students are eligible for study-away programs after completing 15 credits of work at Keene State (about one semester). Details at

Affordability: College is not cheap, but we firmly believe we provide an exceptional value. Student Financial Services staff work tirelessly to help you put all the pieces together. More than 70 percent of our students receive financial assistance. For current tuition and fees, check

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How to apply: All applicants must use the Common Application found at, including the KSC supplement found there. Completed applications are due April 1 for the fall semester, Dec. 1 for the spring semester. We will let you know about acceptance by May 1 for the fall semester. For music auditions and art portfolios, see for instructions.

Financial aid deadline: Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid, available online at after January 1 and no later than March 1. This allows consideration for all forms of financial aid. Do not wait until you are admitted to begin the financial aid process. The KSC Title IV Code is 002590. See for more information.

KSC admission requirements

College prep coursework and the SAT I. The ACT is also accepted.

Contact Admissions

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