Kean University

Union, NJ

Kean University

Union, NJ

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As a historically inclusive university 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, including those offered in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, where you can cultivate your talents under the guidance of dedicated professors who are also working in the field. 

In the Theatre Conservatory, the stage will be set for a successful career as you become part of a community that’s passionate about theatre and helps you discover the best in yourself and others. Theatre majors have the uncommon opportunity to earn professional credits in the Actors’ Equity Association on campus.

Kean celebrates the success of all its alumni, from studio art entrepreneurs to designers whose clothes are worn by celebrities and beyond. Kean prepares students for rewarding careers, lifelong learning, and fulfilling lives while maintaining one of the lowest tuition rates in New Jersey.

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. Kean is a 30-minute train ride to New York City directly from campus, or you can engage right here on campus at Premiere Stages—one of seven theatres on campus—which offers world-class music, dance, and theatrical performances.

Financing your education
Kean is the most affordable comprehensive university in New Jersey, with students graduating with less debt than the national average. With Kean’s scholarships and aid programs, including an out-of-state campus residency scholarship, students can achieve their academic goals with less of a financial burden.

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Kean Fast Facts

• Founded in 1855
• Home to New Jersey’s first teachers college
• Most affordable comprehensive university in New Jersey
• 16,000+ students
• 50+ undergraduate programs
• 70+ graduate degrees
• Average class size of 20 students
• 30 minutes from New York City, with a train station adjacent to campus
• Internships at top-tier companies in Manhattan and New Jersey
• Ranked for “Best College Dorm Rooms” at a public university in New Jersey by Niche
• 170+ honor societies, cultural groups, and student organizations      
• 11 eateries on campus, including Starbucks, Smashburger, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Auntie Anne’s, and Barnes & Noble Café

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “A fine arts education gives you many perspectives. I can go from photography to painting, from drawing to sculpting. Everything I’ve learned from my art classes helps me solve problems in other areas.”

    • Cheyonne Thompson '20
  • “The Theatre program [at Kean] is very special. We’re living for our passion, something that’s important to us and the world around us. It ignites something in us and our generation to convey the underlying importance of art in everything.”

    • Mary Kate Grimes '18