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Kean University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research Kean University in Union, NJ. Learn about its admission info, degree programs, and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Kean University

Founded in 1855, Kean University in Union, NJ, is the third largest public institution of higher learning in the state. The main campus is located 30 minutes outside of New York City, and the university has a branch campus in Ocean County, NJ. It produces more teachers than any other university in the state and has pioneered a program dedicated to developing science, technology, and mathematics educators.

The school's mascot is the cougar, and student athletes have 13 Division III varsity teams from which to choose. Over 16,000 students attended Kean University in Fall 2011.


Kean University offers 48 undergraduate majors, 35 master's degree programs, and two doctoral programs. It consists of six colleges, including 13 schools, the Center for Sustainability Studies, and the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology, and Mathematics.

Education is the most popular field of study at Kean University. The College of Education is one of the top 50 producers of teachers in the U.S. It comprises the schools of global education and innovation, curriculum and teaching, and communication disorders and deafness, as well as departments in recreation and health, special education and literacy, and physical education. Aspiring science and mathematics teachers can complete the academic major through the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology, and Mathematics.

Business studies programs are highly attended by undergraduates at this university. The College of Business and Public Management houses the schools of management, marketing, and international business; accounting and finance; and criminal justice and public administration. The college also contains the Small Business Development Center. Students have opportunities for cooperative education programs and internships with businesses in the region.

Many other programs of study are available through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Natural, Applied, and Health Sciences; the College of Visual and Performing Arts; and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College. The centrally-located Nancy Thompson Library contains more than 275,000 print, media, and online volumes.


Prospective Kean University students can complete the online application on the university's website or submit an application by mail. Required materials include an official high school transcript, SAT scores sent from the testing agency, a personal essay, and two letters of recommendation. A $75 fee is required when submitting the application.

In 2011, 78% of undergraduates attended the university on a full-time basis, and it enrolled more female than male students (60% versus 40%). Ninety-five percent were from New Jersey, and more than 50% were of non-white ethnicity.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The full-time tuition rate, which is based on 12-19 credit hours, for an undergraduate New Jersey resident was $3,462.50 per year in 2012. Non-resident undergraduates paid a higher base tuition rate of $6,483.50. The university also charges several fees for campus facilities and services.

Students must pay their tuition in full prior to the beginning of the semester. Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, need-based grants, and loans. The Office of Financial Aid is open weekdays to assist students.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degree, master's degree, post-master's certificate, doctorate**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 13,462 undergraduates and 2,725 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing 6 residence halls, traditional and apartment styles available*
Schools and Programs 6 colleges, 48 undergraduate majors, 35 graduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business, management, marketing, and related (564)
Master's: Education (358)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2003:
19% in 4 years
45% in 6 years
49% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 70% of applicants in 2011-2012**
First-Year Retention Rates For 2010-2011:
80% (full-time students)
56% (part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 1020 combined math and critical reading*
Application Due Date May 31st for Fall admission, December 1st for Spring admission*
Tuition (2012-13) Full-time undergraduate tuition for 2012-2013 was $3,462.50 for NJ residents, $6,483.50 for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (46%), Pell grants (46%), other federal grants (10%), state and local grants/scholarships (35%), institutional grants/scholarships (11%), federal loans (66%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 79% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Kean University in Union, NJ, **IES Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083
  • Phone: (908) 737-7100
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