Kean University

Union, NJ

Kean University

Union, NJ

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Ranked as one of the top five “Most Diverse Schools” in the nation by DiversityInc and a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, Kean University prepares students for challenging careers in the evolving global economy.

The University offers 50+ undergraduate degrees and 60+ graduate study options. When combined, Kean’s wide range of academic degree programs, the unique opportunity to study at Wenzhou-Kean University in China, and services for Hispanic/Latino students in the Spanish Speaking Program(SSP) allow students more options as they find their path in life.

The only American public university offering full undergraduate degrees in China, Kean offers students the exclusive opportunity to study ona fully English-speaking campus with students from the United States and across China.

In the sciences, the University’s Research First Initiative is the only program in New Jersey that offers a corecurriculum in the first two years that integrates science and mathematics courses across STEM disciplines.

The Michael Graves College carries the name of one of the world’s premier architects and designers, Michael Graves, who infused his socially conscious philosophy into Kean’s Architecture and Design programs.

Whether you see yourself in the world of finance, the sciences, education, or beyond, you’ll receive the knowledge and technical skills you need in the ever-evolving international marketplace. What’s more, international students at Kean have access to a number of Kean Foundation scholarships to help offset the financial requirements of attending college abroad.

Student and campus life
Life at Kean is a vibrant mix of academic, social, and cultural activities—students get involved both on and off campus with access to résumé-building internships locally and in nearby Manhattan. Kean is just a 30-minute train ride to New York City direct from campus, while world-class music, dance, and theatrical performances engage you right here. Premiere Stages, one of seven theatres on campus, is a professional equity theatre that supports the development and production of work by local playwrights. With 170+ honor societies, cultural and student organizations, and fraternities and sororities, Kean offers students a wealth of social and educational opportunities.

Residential student services
Ranked “Best College Dorm Rooms” among public universities in New Jersey by Niche, Kean’s residence halls are vibrant communities of close to 2,000 students, where new ideas and great independence are explored. Leadership opportunities, the Spanish Speaking Program, service, dining, the arts, athletics, and so much more await you as a Kean residential student.

Kean Global: Beyond study abroad
A global education is important to appreciating cultural diversity and success in multinational corporations. Kean goes global like no one else. With international internships and TraveLearn opportunities in over 60 countries, Kean was also selected as one of three US universities to operate a full-scale English-speaking campus in Wenzhou, China. Kean students can study for a semester or year at Wenzhou-Kean University and immerse themselves in Chineseculture while keeping on track with the courses they need to graduate.

Discover Kean
We encourage interested students and their families to learn more about the University and its many opportunities and to experience our world-class facilities. Visit us online to take a virtual campus tour. Find your path to climb higher!

Fast Facts
• Founded in 1855
• Federally designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution
• Most affordable comprehensive university in New Jersey
• 30 minutes to New York City, with a train station adjacent to campus
• Internships in top-tier companies in New York City and New Jersey such as MSNBC and Giorgio Armani
• Study abroad in 30+ countries, including Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU), one of only three US colleges with English-speaking campuses in China
• Ranked “Best College Dorm Rooms” at a public university in New Jersey by Niche
• 170+ honor societies, cultural and student organizations, fraternities, and sororities
• 14 NCAA Division III intercollegiate varsity sports
• Three fitness centers on campus
• On-campus access to New Jersey Transit, Zipcars, and shuttle buses
• 11 eateries on campus, including two Starbucks, Smashburger, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Auntie Anne’s, and Barnes & Noble Café


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Located in UNION, NEW JERSEY, Kean University’s 180-acre campus is located just 30 minutes from New York City.  With a rich history in higher education that spans over 160 years, Kean is a vibrant and diverse university offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Dedicated to preparing students for rewarding careers, lifelong learning, and fulfilling lives, Kean offers a broad range of disciplines, the expertise of world-class faculty, and a student-centered learning environment and campus community. 


Type of SCHOOL: Public university

Size of Campus:
Kean’s campus spans over 180 acres of metropolitan Union County, New Jersey.

Number of Students:
16,000+; 20:1 student-faculty ratio

Number of Faculty:
450+ faculty members

Colleges, programs, and degrees:
50+ undergraduate degree programs; 60+ options for graduate study

Geographic Diversity:
One of the top five most diverse campuses in the United States as ranked by DiversityInc

International Student Services:
The Office of International Student Services provides current and prospective international students with the best advice and assistance in understanding the regulations of your F-1 student status, the latest immigration news, and workshops and events to assist you with adjusting to life in the United States.

International Student Budget:
Tuition and Fees: $19,777
Room and Board $13,130*
Total: $32,907
*This amount reflects an average cost of the double occupancy residential rates.

Financial Aid:
Students graduate from Kean with 32% less debt than the national average. International students can apply for various Kean Foundation Scholarships through one application. Deadline: March 1 for the 2020–2021 academic year

Test Score Requirements:
TOEFL minimum score of 79 (internet based) or 550 (paper based); IELTS minimum score of 6; please note the TOEFL/IELTS requirement is only waived if you are a native English speaker or have completed an associate or undergraduate degree obtained from a US institution or a country whose native language is English. If you are interested in being admitted into our Spanish Speaking Program, contact the Admissions Office for unique requirements for this program.

Application Deadlines and Fees: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis following the deadlines below. It is recommended that international students complete their applications six months prior to their desired entry term. The application fee is $75.

International undergraduate applicant due dates:
• Fall: Preferred application deadline, April 30; tuition deposit deadline, May 1
• Transfer: Fall admission, August 1; spring admission, December 1

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