#11 Best Public Universities in New Jersey

Kean University

Union, New Jersey

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Kean University overview
Location Union, New Jersey
Online kean.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Kean University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Kean University, located in Union, New Jersey, is a public university established in 1855 that offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Situated in a suburban setting less than 20 miles from New York City, the campus is characterized by a mix of historic buildings and modern facilities. Kean University provides on-campus housing options to accommodate its students. Academically, the institution is recognized for its programs in education and business, among others. The university has a somewhat selective admissions process. While not primarily known for its athletic programs, Kean University competes in the NCAA Division III as the Cougars.

In the most recent statistical year 10,485 prospective students applied, and 8,661 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,968 enrolled in the school.  9,782 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,102 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $10,758 plus fees of $2,214. Kean is ranked 663 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Kean is rated within the lower 46% 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

Kean University overview
SAT 900/1160
ACT 16/25
GPA 3.2

Applications Accepted

Kean University overview
Applications Due Aug 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $75

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Annual Cost to Attend

New Jersey Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Kean University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$2,214
Room and Board $14,834
Budget for Other Expenses$2,505
Total One Year Cost$31,511

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Kean University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$2,214
Room and Board $14,834
Budget for Other Expenses$2,505
Total One Year Cost$38,903

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

49% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Kean University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Education 19%
Psychology 12%
Visual and Performing Arts 6%
Social Sciences 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=185262 IPEDS survey data for Kean University.

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