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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 helps to guide students as they grow as individuals by offering engaging and exciting opportunities to develop new connections and friendships, and find belonging in our community.

Keene State is committed to an accessible educational experience for all students who demonstrate the determination to succeed. The College offers a learning and living environment that is defined by supportive faculty and staff who are invested in students’ success by challenging them to exceed beyond their expectations. Students engage in a variety of learning experiences that prepare them for careers, and demonstrate the practical application of their education, including 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. Exploration of important topics through connection with other students in co-curricular programs is also an essential part of the Keene State experience.

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 Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), 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.