Kean University

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 411

Union, NJ 07083

Phone: (908) 737-5326
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
May 31
application deadline

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Regional Universities (North)

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Kean University is a public institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,895, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 186 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Kean University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,918 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,141 (2013-14).

Kean University is located in Union County, N.J., about 30 minutes from New York City and an hour from Philadelphia. More than one third of Kean students are education majors, and the school produces more teachers than any other university in the state. Students who want to pursue a different degree can choose from nearly 50 bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 master’s programs, including those in the fields of health and public administration. Outside the classroom, Kean students can get involved by exploring more than 100 clubs, writing for The Cougar’s Byte newsletter, or by visiting the two cougar mascots who live in a nearby zoo. The university officially adopted the cougars, named Sage and Scout, and pay for the animals’ food, medical costs, and toys. Student athletes can play at the recreational level or join the navy and white Kean Cougars varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Kean University is a public cosmopolitan university serving undergraduate and graduate students in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions. The University dedicates itself to the intellectual, cultural, and personal growth of all its members - students, faculty, and professional staff. In particular, the University prepares students to think critically, creatively and globally; to adapt to changing social, economic, and technological environments; and to serve as active and contributing members of their communities.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1855
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $13,122,985


When applying to Kean University, it's important to note the application deadline is May 31. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 31. The application fee at Kean University is $75. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 68.4%
Application deadline May 31
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Kean University is 17:1, and the school has 43.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Kean University include: Psychology, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Accounting; Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration; and English Language and Literature, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 19%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 13%
Business Administration and Management, General 8%
Accounting 6%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 6%
English Language and Literature, General 5%

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Student Life

Kean University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,895, with a gender distribution of 39.2 percent male students and 60.8 percent female students. At this school, 14 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 86 percent of students live off campus. Kean University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 15,391
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Kean University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Kean University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Kean University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Kean University, 67.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,267.

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In-state tuition and fees $10,918 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,141 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,142 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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