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Located in Union, New Jersey, Kean University offers a variety of opportunities for you and the rest of the students attending. You’ll be one of about 14,300 students working on a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree at Kean. The physical campus isn’t that big - the buildings are all placed closely together, but you’ll have trees and grass where you can relax. You will be able to take advantage of the Zipcar, which gets you from one end of campus to the other and you’ll get to have the full college experience if you choose to live on campus in the available housing.

Overview of Kean University

As for the area around you, Union is a large suburb close to the university. You’ll be able to find some restaurants and parks that, as you spend more time here, may become your go-to places to relax or study with friends. Kean University was founded in 1855, so it has educated thousands of students before you. The undergraduate student population is just over 12,100 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 17 to 1, so you may want to schedule appointments with professors to discuss any issues you have with your classes.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 17:1
Graduation Rate 47%
Year Founded 1855

Student Enrollment

Total Students14,309


Undergraduate Student

Male 4,848
Female 7,272

Graduate Student

Male 876
Female 1,313

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Kean Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 3,689
Female 5,851


Male 2,509
Female 4,037

Acceptance Rate69%

Male 68%
Female 69%

Enrollment 1,777

Male 727
Female 1,050
Application Fee $75
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Considered But Not Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline August 15
Common Application Accepted Yes

Kean Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The total cost of going to college includes tuition (in- or out-of-state), room and board, books, supplies, and other various costs. At Kean University, this price is $30,678 as of a recent school year. However, if you are eligible for financial aid, you aren’t responsible for paying the entire amount. After financial aid is applied to the total cost, what is left is the average net price, which you will be responsible for. In the same school year, this was $17,490. Your total cost will change based on your family’s income, since that is how eligibility for financial aid is decided. In a past school year, families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 paid around $15,827 and families earning between $75,001 and $100,000 paid around $24,189.

Additionally, about 92% of freshmen students qualified for financial aid. Of this, 76% received an average of $8,181 in grants or scholarships. Still fewer (29%) received an average of $2,359 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $17,490
Average Total Aid $8,181
Students Receiving Financial Aid 92%
Room & Board $14,802

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $12,595
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $19,771
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $14,802
  • Other - $2,281


Every college and university keep statistics on their students and Kean University is no different. If you decide you want to stay at this university past your first year in college, you will be considered part of the retention rate, which at Kean is a solid 74%. The 4-year graduation rate is quite low at 21% and the 6-year rate is somewhat better at 47%. Students who don’t graduate within four or six years may delay their graduation for a variety of several reasons, such as finances or family issues.

If you have a time conflict with one or more of your classes, you’ll have plenty of options to consider. These include evening class or you online options. The five most popular degree programs offered are business, management, marketing and related services; psychology; education; biological and biomedical sciences: and communication, journalism and related services.

Student Population Total

Student Population 14,309

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 514 Total Graduates / 21%
Business Administration and Management, General 221 Graduates
Accounting 123 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 81 Graduates
Finance, General 71 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 396 Total Graduates / 16%
Psychology, General 384 Graduates
Psychology, Other 12 Graduates
All Education Majors 284 Total Graduates / 11%
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 96 Graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 62 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching, General 49 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching, Other 47 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 186 Total Graduates / 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 186 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 171 Total Graduates / 7%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 171 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 38%

Outcome & Salary

After you graduate, you’ll be ready to find a job in your career field. A graduate’s salary depends on their field, but their average early-career salaries were $48,200 and their mid-career salaries were $90,000.

With these averages, your 10-year salary earnings potential should be around $609,260 and your 20-year potential earnings as high as $1,509,260. At Kean, your 4-year cost of education should average $69,960, so this makes your 10-year return on investment (ROI) $539,300 and your 20-year ROI, $1,439,300.

High school graduates who start working right away earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income his $387,920 and their 20-year is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $48,200
College Grads Average Salary $60,926
College Grads Mid Career Salary $90,000
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $609,260
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,509,260
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $69,960
10 Year Projected ROI $539,300
20 Year Projected ROI $1,439,300
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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