Keene State College

Keene State College

Keene State College is a liberal arts college located in Keene, New Hampshire. It is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. It was founded in 1909 as a teacher's college. Keene State College enrolls more than 6,000 students annually. It offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study.

KSC boasts of an active Greek life. There are several fraternities and sororities on campus, including Phi Mu Delta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Delta Phi Epsilon and Sigma Rho Upsilon. Keene State College's sports teams participate in the Little East Conference of the NCAA Division III. Its official mascot is the Owl.

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Contacting Keene State

Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene , NH 03435-1506
General Phone: (603) 352-1909

Keene State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching290curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special education, school counseling, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, English teaching, industrial arts teaching, math teaching, ...
Liberal Arts202American studies, French language, Spanish language, English, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, social services, economics, geography, ...
Therapy and Counseling121psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, child psychology, experimental psychology, social psychology, substance abuse counseling
Engineering Technician98architectural engineering tech, occupational safety tech, engineering technician
Business and Management91business management
Media85communication studies, journalism
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy46health and physical education, athletic trainer, dietitian
Photography and Commercial Art42commercial art, film studies, cinematography
Science33biology, chemistry, chemistry courses, geology
Architecture and Planning24architecture
Computer Science and Engineering23computer and info science
Mathematics15mathematics, applied mathematics courses
Fine Arts15fine arts
Conservation and Resource Management13environmental studies
Music12music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition, various music studies
Drama and Performing Arts10dance, drama, theatre design, theater history and criticism, acting

Number of programs and degrees for Keene State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree99962
Associate's degree404
Master's degree629
Post-master's certificate91
Postbaccalaureate certificate103

Keene State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Keene State had a total enrollment of 5,100 students (5,020 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 95%
Graduate 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 91%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 43%
20-21 33%
22-24 13%
25-29 3%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Hampshire47%
New York6%
Rhode Island3%
New Jersey2%

Keene State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 81 %

Keene State Room and Board (2007)

Keene State offers campus housing for 2,749 of its 5,020 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Keene, New Hampshire for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New Hampshire Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Keene State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math440550
SAT Writing450540

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Keene State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,778
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,628
Room and board $ 7,796
Room charge $ 5,256
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,540
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,850

Financial Aid:
Keene State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 259000)

Keene State Faculty

Keene State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2426
Non-tenured and not on tenure track57

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year41$88,43731$84,673
Associate professoracademic year28$72,90617$70,751
Assistant professoracademic year25$58,62429$57,633
Instructoracademic year0*2*
Lectureracademic year3$49,4706$44,495
No academic rankacademic year2*1*
All faculty totalacademic year99$74,49086$68,852

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Keene State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Little East Conference
Baseball Little East Conference
Track Little East Conference

Keene State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American History (United States)
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European History
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics, Other
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, Other

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Commercial and Advertising Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Developmental and Child Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Psychology, General
Social Psychology
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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What Sets Keene State Apart:

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% of degrees in engineering technician
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% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
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% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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% of degrees in photography and commercial art
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Number of students
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Top 15%Keene State Number of students
Salaries of full-time faculty
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% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 18%Keene State % of degrees in education and teaching
% of degrees in mathematics
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 19%Keene State % of degrees in mathematics
% of degrees in media
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 20%Keene State % of degrees in media
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 20%Keene State % of full-time faculty on tenure track

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