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About Keene State

Keene State College holds a preeminent place as the public liberal arts college of New Hampshire. Since its founding in 1909, Keene State has continuously expanded its mission to offer a broad spectrum of academic programs that are grounded in the values and competencies of the liberal arts tradition and that provide students with the enduring skills and knowledge that will serve them for a lifetime of professional opportunities.

Keene State is committed to an accessible educational experience for all students who demonstrate the determination to succeed. We offer a learning environment that is defined by a supportive faculty that is invested in their students’ success and that challenges them to exceed their expectations. Students engage in a variety of learning experiences that demonstrate the practical application of their education and include opportunities for hands-on learning, research, internships, service to the community, and study away. All areas of study incorporate qualities that are essential to success: critical thinking, creative inquiry, intercultural competence, civic engagement, and commitment to well-being.

US News and World Report ranks Keene State in Tier I of the Regional Universities in the North. We are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), with many other programs accredited by their specific disciplines. These prestigious accomplishments recognize the College’s commitment to academic excellence and the success of our students. For a full list of accreditations, please view the Keene State College Factbook, available online from the Institutional Research and Assessment Office.