Keene State College
229 Main St.
Keene, NH 03435
(800) KSC-1909
Accrediting Agency:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Originally founded as a teacher’s college in 1909, Keene State College is a liberal arts college in Keene, N.H. The school serves more than 5,400 students and is currently a member of the University System of New Hampshire. U.S. News & World Report ranked Keene State College No. 98 in Regional Universities (North) in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The college also ranked No. 28 in Top Public Schools. One indicator of student satisfaction, freshman retention rate, is 78.8% at Keene State College.

Programs Offered

Online and distance learning programs are designed to give working professionals the opportunity to earn an accredited degree without residency requirements. Keene University offers courses in three different formats for distance learners. The six-week courses are shorter and facilitated by instructors in a highly interactive format. For a longer program that explores the subjects more in-depth, students can choose open enrollment certificate programs that are designed to supply skills necessary for professional levels of in-demand occupations. Educators’ professional development courses are offered at the graduate-level and combine CD- and Internet-based work for course delivery. Online courses require Internet access, email, and compatible web browsers.


Keene State College is fully accredited as a degree-granting institution by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Three other organizations awarded the institution specialized accreditation for specific programs as well.


First-year applicants must complete and submit an application to the university along with the application fee, high school transcript, and scores from the SAT or ACT. Keene State College requires a recommendation letter as well. Students transferring credit must supply the same credentials and supporting documents as freshmen applicants and include official transcripts from college course work, along with a transfer applicant recommendation form. Although there isn’t necessarily a minimum grade point average (GPA), students generally transfer with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. International applicants must demonstrate equivalent academic background to meet U.S. standards for admission, and if English is not the primary language of the applicant, must also demonstrate proficiency through TOEFL scores.

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