Kean University (KU) is a public university that was founded in 1855. It is located on a 186-acre suburban campus roughly 30 minutes from New York City in Union, New Jersey. Kean was ranked as one of the best regional universities in the north and one of the top public schools in the U.S. News 2011 edition of Best Colleges.
The university offers both undergraduate and graduate level coursework. There are 48 undergraduate majors offered and 35 graduate degree programs. The graduate programs of study offered include: doctoral degrees, professional diploma programs, masters degrees, initial teaching certification programs, certification programs, post-master’s certification programs, and non-degree professional studies.
The different colleges that make up KU include: Nathan Weiss Graduate College, College of Business & Public Management, College of Education, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences, and College of Visual and Performing Arts. There are also numerous schools including: Robert Busch School of Design, School of Accounting and Finance, School of Communication Disorders and Deafness, School of Criminal Justice and Public Administration, the School of Curriculum and Teaching, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, School of General Studies, School for Global Innovation and Education, the School of Management and International Business, School of Natural Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Psychology.
Out of the programs offered the most popular majors include: Business Administration and Management; Psychology; Accounting; Criminal justice and Law Enforcement; and Kindergarten and Preschool Education and Teaching. The Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and Speech-Language Pathology programs were ranked among the best grad school programs in the U.S. News 2011 edition of Best Colleges.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Students interested in applying for undergraduate admissions must submit an application online or by paper, official high school transcripts, official SAT results, two letters of recommendation, a personal essay, and a nonrefundable application fee. Some of the undergraduate programs have their own specific deadlines for completion of their admissions application and some may even require an interview for admission. These specific deadlines can be found on the school’s website.
International students must have their transcripts evaluated by a service, which is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
Students applying for graduate admissions may have to take a test depending on the program they wish to enroll in. Some of the tests required by graduate programs include the MAT, the GRE and the GMAT. Graduate students must take the appropriate test and have their test results sent to the Graduate Admissions office. These students must also have their official transcripts sent from all institutions previously attended other than Kean. If the student attended Kean for their undergraduate or various graduate level courses these transcripts do not need to be sent. Students will be notified if they are required to have an interview by the department in which they wish to enroll. Also the different programs may have specific requirements and students must visit the KU official website for more information.
Over 50% of students receive some type of financial aid every year. There are several federal funded financial aid programs and these include: the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), the Federal Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG), the National SMART Grant, and the Federal Direct Stafford Loans. Grants are a form of financial aid that students do not have to pay back. However, the Stafford Loans must be paid back and these loans accumulate interest. Subsidized Direct Loans are given to students based on need and have a lower interest rate than Unsubsidized Direct Loans, which are not given based on need.
There are also several financial aid programs offered for students who are New Jersey residents and these include: the NJ Tuition Aid Grant (TAG), the NJ Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Grant, the New Jersey Garden State Scholarship Program, the NJ Stars II, and the Urban Scholars Program. Also students who are part of the Ocean County College may be eligible for the Special Notation for Kean-OCC students.
Kean University Foundation:
The Kean University Foundation was founded in 1984 and offers scholarships and endowments for its students. There are over 150 scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students. Alumni, friends, corporations, staff, and other foundations financially support the Foundation scholarships. Students interested in applying for one of the Foundation scholarships must fill out the KU Foundation Scholarship Application. There are Foundation scholarships available for incoming freshmen, graduate students, students with any major and various ones based on the student’s specific major.
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Most students live off-campus but freshman are required to live on campus their first year. The suite-style residence halls available for students are Whiteman Hall, Dougall Hall and the Freshman Hall. There are also two bedroom apartments available and these residence halls include: Bartlett Hall, Burch Hall, Rogers Hall, Sozio Hall, and the Upperclassman Hall. First year students cannot have a car on campus. The residence halls available for freshman include: Whiteman Hall, Bartlett Hall, Dougall Hall, and the Freshman Residence Hall. All residence halls have wireless Internet access as well as Internet access through their own data line in every room. A microwave and a refrigerator are also provided in every room as well as premium cable including five HBO channels. Students admitted who are interested in living on-campus must apply for housing using the computerized system “KeanWISE” to fill out a Housing Application and pay a nonrefundable application fee. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited on campus even for students of legal age.
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The athletic program is a member of the NCAA Division III and the ECAC. Their sports teams are known as the Cougars and their school colors are navy and white. The sports teams available for men to compete in include: baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. Women also have several sports teams to compete in including basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.