Kean University

Union, NJ

Kean University

Union, NJ

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As a historically inclusive university that’s designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Kean University prepares students for challenging careers in an evolving global economy. The University offers 50+ undergraduate degrees and 70+ graduate program options. Combined, Kean’s wide range of academic degree programs and the unique opportunity to study at Wenzhou-Kean University in China—a fully English-speaking environment with students from the US and across China—allows students more options to explore as they find their path in life. 

Whether you see yourself in the world of finance, education, science, 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.

Student and campus life
Life at Kean is a vibrant mix of academic, social, and cultural activities—and students get involved both on and off campus with access to résumé-building internships. Kean is just a 30-minute train ride to New York City direct from campus, but world-class music, dance, and theatrical performances can engage you right here as well. 

Residential student services
Ranked “Best College Dorms” among public universities in New Jersey by, Kean’s residence halls are vibrant communities of close to 2,000 students, where leadership opportunities, Greek life, service, dining, the arts, athletics, and so much more await you as a Kean resident student. 

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We encourage interested students and their families to learn more about the University and its many opportunities, as well as experience our world-class facilities, either online or by registering for an upcoming virtual event at Find your path to climb higher! 


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Ranked in the Top 50 for Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report

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Named to the 2022 Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll

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Named a Best College in 2022 | Money magazine

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Ranked in the Top 20 in the North for Most Innovative | U.S. News & World Report


Located in Union, New Jersey, Kean University’s 180-acre campus is just 30 minutes from New York City. With a rich history in higher education, Kean is a vibrant and diverse university offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Kean offers a broad range of disciplines, the expertise of world-class faculty, and a student-centered learning environment and campus community.

Kean At A Glance

TYPE OF SCHOOL: Public university founded in 1855

SIZE OF CAMPUS: 180 acres in metropolitan Union County, New Jersey

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 16,019 students

NUMBER OF FACULTY: 450+ faculty members; 20:1 student-faculty ratio

COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: 50+ undergraduate major options; 70+ graduate degrees

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: One of the top five most diverse campuses in the US, 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.

• Tuition and Fees: $20,364
• Room and Board: $12,834*
• Total: $33,198

* Average double occupancy residential rate 

FINANCIAL AID: Students graduate with less debt from Kean than the national average. International students can apply for various Kean Foundation Scholarships through one application. The deadline for the 2024–2025 academic year is March 1.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: Please note the TOEFL/IELTS requirement is only waived if you’re a native English speaker or have completed an undergraduate degree obtained from a US institution or a country whose native language is English.
• TOEFL minimum score: 79 (internet based) or 550 (paper based)
• IELTS minimum score: 6.

If you’re interested in being admitted into our Spanish Speaking Program, contact the Office of Admissions at for unique requirements for this program.

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis following the deadlines below. It‘s recommended that international students complete applications six months prior to their desired entry term. 
• Fall preferred application deadline: April 20
• Tuition deposit deadline: May 1
• Fall transfer admission deadline: August 1
• Spring transfer admission deadline: December 1
• $75 application fee

Kean Fast Facts

• Most affordable comprehensive university in New Jersey
• Federally designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution
• 30 minutes to NYC, with a train station adjacent to campus
• Internships in top-tier companies in NYC and New Jersey
• Ranked “Best College Dorms” at a public university in the state of New Jersey by
• 170+ honor societies, cultural and student organizations, fraternities, and sororities
• 14 NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic teams
• On-campus access to New Jersey Transit, Zipcars, and shuttle buses
• 10 eateries on campus, including Au Bon Pain, Auntie Anne’s, Barnes & Noble Café, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Smashburger, and two Starbucks

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