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Keene State College

Keene, NH


  • Type
    4-year • Public
  • Campus Life
    Small • Suburban
  • Average Per Year After Aid
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Keene State College is a small, 4-year, public liberal arts college. This coed college is located in a large town in a suburban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers certificate, bachelor's, and master's degrees.

From the Institution

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. The College's programs are grounded in the values and competencies of the liberal arts tradition, and they 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 to find belonging in the College community. Keene State's campus is set on Main Street in the vibrant and quaint city of Keene, just down the street from restaurants, shopping, cafes and theatres. Half of the campus abuts downtown Keene; the other half lies south of the main campus and has been developed for intercollegiate athletics, intramural sports, and physical education programs. The College's campus spans 188 acres with 71 buildings to serve students in academic and co-curricular activities. Appian Way is the central pedestrian route through the heart of campus that leads to historic academic, administrative, and residential buildings, as well as Mason Library, the student center, and the dining commons. Also located on Appian Way is Fiske Quad, an open space where Commencement is held, and where students study and visit with friends and professors. A series of quadrangles and walkways links the academic buildings, residence halls, parking lots, and outdoor areas of the College. The result is a unified, functional, and aesthetically pleasing central campus, with a mix of historic, renovated, and new buildings. Keene State is known for its friendly and welcoming campus environment, and its close connection with downtown Keene. 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 professors 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. Exploration of important topics through connection with other students in co-curricular programs is also an essential part of the Keene State experience. All Keene State College students gain proficiency in the content of their own major, and they learn academic, career, communication and interpersonal skills to prepare them to pursue meaningful work. By the time Keene State College students complete their undergraduate experience they develop skills and knowledge in critical thinking, creative inquiry, intercultural competence, civic engagement, sustainability, and commitment to well-being that will serve them as active citizens and lifelong learners. Keene State College is further committed to providing an inclusive and equitable living and learning environment. Central to this commitment is creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty, and staff can work together in an environment free of all forms of discrimination and discriminatory harassment. Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment (including sexual harassment) is antithetical to the standards, values, and mission of Keene State College and will not be tolerated. Such conduct interferes with the mission of the College by diminishing access to education and employment; compromising the free and open exchange of ideas; and impeding relationships among students, faculty, and staff. (

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March 1
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