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Keene State College

Keene, New Hampshire

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Keene State College overview
Location Keene, New Hampshire
Online keene.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Keene State College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Keene State College, located in Keene, New Hampshire, is a public liberal arts college that offers a wide array of undergraduate degrees. Founded in 1909, the institution is situated in a picturesque New England setting, providing a scenic campus environment. Architecturally, the campus features a blend of traditional brick buildings and modern facilities. Keene State is recognized for programs in the arts, sciences, and sustainable development, contributing to its diverse academic profile. The college accommodates residential students with on-campus housing options. Positioned in the southwest corner of New Hampshire, Keene State is not in proximity to any major city but is less than two hours from Boston and a similar distance from Hartford. The college maintains a moderately selective admissions policy. Keene State competes in NCAA Division III athletics, although its athletic program is not commonly highlighted for any particular sport at a national level.

In the most recent statistical year 4,487 prospective students applied, and 4,017 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 709 enrolled in the school.  2,648 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 224 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $11,754 plus fees of $2,884. KSC is ranked 747 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












KSC is rated within the lower 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Keene State College overview
SAT 970/1170
ACT 24/25
GPA 3.1

Applications Accepted

Keene State College overview
Applications Due Dec 1, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

New Hampshire Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Keene State College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$2,884
Room and Board $13,534
Budget for Other Expenses$1,500
Total One Year Cost$30,672

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Keene State College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$2,884
Room and Board $13,534
Budget for Other Expenses$1,500
Total One Year Cost$41,581

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$44,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

57% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Keene State College students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 16%
Psychology 11%
Social Sciences 11%
Communication 10%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=183062 IPEDS survey data for Keene State College.

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