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 more than 50 undergraduate degrees and over 70 graduate study options. In the Fine Arts Conservatory, you’ll develop your creative powers and enhance your skills in the studio. Students who pursue a degree in Studio Art receive an in-depth specialization in a variety of media, a background in liberal arts, and a grounding in the professional aspects of their field.

In the Michael Graves College, students are educated intensively in degree programs that carry out studio-based education in the Robert Busch School of Design. Advertising Design and Graphic Design degrees include lecture, studio, and technology experiences as well as presentations and reviews by external professional designers.

Kean celebrates the success of all its alumni, from studio art graduate entrepreneurs to designers whose clothes are worn by celebrities and beyond. Kean prepares students for rewarding careers, lifelong learning, and fulfilling lives, all 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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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

Kean Fast Facts

• Founded in 1855
• Most affordable comprehensive university in New Jersey
• Fine Arts program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD)
• 16,000+ students
• 50+ undergraduate degree 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 “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