Keene State College

Keene State College


At Keene State College, we value each member of our college community and foster an environment of diversity, civility, and respect. Our student-centered approach supports the intellectual and personal growth of every individual and allows our students to focus on their educational, personal, and career aspirations. Academic success, community involvement, and the development of character, combined with the strong mentoring relationships that our faculty develop with Keene State students, contribute greatly to their success. As the public liberal arts college of New Hampshire, we are dedicated to the development of knowledge and skills that meet the challenges of our changing world.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach UPWARD BOUND

This federally funded, year-round college preparatory program is designed to prepare students for success in high school and enrollment in college. Students attend weekly sessions to work on grades, college planning, career choices, and personal goals. High school seniors receive assistance throughout the college application and financial aid process.

Summer Bridge & Orientation THE LINKS PROGRAM

The Links Program is a six-week summer program designed to introduce first-time students to the academic and social aspects of the college experience. The supportive learning community enhances college level skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, and communication. Learning takes place in classrooms, residence halls, campus locations, and in the City of Keene with the goal of providing students with the skills to become active, contributing members of the Keene State College community.

First-Year Experience & Transition COLLEGE SUCCESS STRATEGIES

College Success Strategies – The transition from high school to college is one of the most significant changes that students will experience in their lifetimes and can often be complex and difficult to navigate. This two-credit course, offered by Aspire and the Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism, provides insight into the new living environment, the sense of independence inside and outside of the classroom, and the academic expectations that accompany the college experience.


Math Center ASPIRE (tutoring) Disability Services Off Campus Job Info On Campus Job Info

Academic Advising & Support ASPIRE

ASPIRE provides Keene State students with academic support services that have been designed to improve their performance and enhance their success. Students gain the skills they need to thrive in their academic environment. Through Aspire, students access peer tutoring and workshops on a variety of relevant topics including study skills, time management, and organizational support.

Academic Advising & Support TUTORING

Tutoring is available through the Center for Writing and the Math Center. In addition, Keene State College offers individual and small group tutoring through the Aspire program. The college hires and trains over 100 tutors each semester and financially supports the tutoring program. Students and tutors meet weekly to review course materials and assignments.

Student Diversity

  • 4,186
  • 44/56
  • 40%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 1%
  • 1%
    Black or African American
  • 4%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 87%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 5%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • <1%

Student Success

  • 73%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 63%
    Six-year graduation
  • 51%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 94%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 53%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 217
    Full-time faculty
  • 17
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 15:01
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Education, Safety & OccupationalHealth Applied Sciences, Health Science,Psychology, Nursing, Management, Film Studies

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Big Brothers/Big Sisters Common Ground Feminist Collective Global Culture Club Hillel Interfaith Voices KSC Pride Newman Student Organization


Cost of Attendance

  • $19,352
  • $10,968
    In-state Tuition
  • $2,645
    Required Fees
  • $10,390
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $14,685,638
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • n/a
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • n/a
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 83%
    Students with financial need
  • n/a
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • n/a
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 8%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 5,675
    # of applicants
  • 79%
  • 3.00
    Average HS GPA
  • 23
    ACT Composite
  • 430—540
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 430—540
    SAT Math
  • 440—530
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 04/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • $50
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 05/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date