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Keene State College is based in Keene, New Hampshire and is part of the University System of New Hampshire. The school enrollment is around 3,500; according to the US Census, the town itself is home to 23,400 people, so the college is a major part of the population when students are on campus.

Overview of Keene State College

First established in 1909 as a teacher college, Keene is now a public liberal arts college offering over 40 areas of study. True to its roots, the education program remains one of the top degrees at Keene State College, as is the safety & occupational health, applied sciences program.

Keene State College offers a wide range of student services such as 24-hour security and emergency telephones, late night transportation and escort service, and secured buildings. They also offer health and counseling services, student tutoring, and specific departments for veterans and disabled students to help them acclimate to campus life.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 14:1
Graduation Rate 63%
Year Founded 1909

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,543


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,565
Female 1,912

Graduate Student

Male 30
Female 36

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Male 1,993
Female 2,985


Male 1,714
Female 2,687

Acceptance Rate88%

Male 86%
Female 90%

Enrollment 832

Male 376
Female 456
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Considered But Not Required
Application Deadline April 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

It’s important you don’t eliminate a school just because the cost of attendance seems insurmountable. Take a close look at the financial aid page of the school website and use tools such as College Navigator to estimate your out of pocket expenses. The net price of your education means the original cost minus funds from other sources such as grants and scholarships, so it may not be as expensive as it first appears.

You should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible, as this will give you a good idea where you stand financially. The FAFSA is also required for most scholarship and grant applications as well as applications for federal educational loans.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $19,805
Average Total Aid $8,395
Students Receiving Financial Aid 97%
Room & Board $12,846

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $14,568
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $23,756
  • Books and Supplies - $900
  • Room & Board - $12,846
  • Other - $1,500


While you may be focused on whether a college offers the academic courses you need, there are other aspects you should pay attention to as well.

Here are a few points you should look for when evaluating each school, and a brief explanation of why each is important:

  • Retention Rate: The retention rate is the percentage of freshmen who return for their second year of study. A lower rate may indicate lack of support or a high number of dissatisfied students.
  • Graduation Rate: A low graduate rate can be a red flag indicating one or more aspects of the college doesn’t support overall student success.
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: This ratio will give you an idea of how personalized your classes will be and whether you’ll have quality interaction with your professors.
  • Student Population Total: The total population is likely tied to the type of environment you wish to study in, but lower populations may also indicate a concentration on graduate program success.
  • Distance Learning: Even if you plan to attend in person, you should make sure distance learning is an option, as evidenced by the disruption of campus classes during the pandemic.
  • Accreditation: Accreditation is vital in many ways as it indicates the overall consistent quality of a school or program and is required for many forms of financial assistance.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,543

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Education Majors 111 Total Graduates / 14%
Elementary Education and Teaching 50 Graduates
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 19 Graduates
Mathematics Teacher Education 16 Graduates
Secondary Education and Teaching 12 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 101 Total Graduates / 13%
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician 80 Graduates
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 21 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 85 Total Graduates / 11%
Health and Wellness, General 38 Graduates
Dietetics/Dietitian 17 Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 16 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 9 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 83 Total Graduates / 10%
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 24 Graduates
Commercial and Advertising Art 20 Graduates
Fine/Studio Arts, General 17 Graduates
Acting 6 Graduates
Music, General 6 Graduates
All Business Majors 57 Total Graduates / 7%
Business Administration and Management, General 57 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 56%

Outcome & Salary

Graduates from Keene have an early career salary average of $49,900, with a mid-career salary of $83,600 and an overall average salary of $59,570. When you compare these amounts to the $38,792 national average salary for those with no college education you can easily see the advantage of completing your degree.

In terms of return on investment (ROI), which is the cost of education (investment) factored into your earning potential, you’ll see a 10 year projected ROI of $516,480 and a 20 year projected ROI of $1,431,70; again, compared to those with no college education who see a flat ROI of $387,920 in 10 years and $775,840 in 20 years, it makes it easy to see the financial advantage of completing your bachelor’s degree program.

Note that these figures don’t include the earnings of those who choose to continue their education to the master’s or doctoral level, who generally enjoy a higher salary range.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $48,900
College Grads Average Salary $59,570
College Grads Mid Career Salary $83,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $595,700
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,431,700
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $79,220
10 Year Projected ROI $516,480
20 Year Projected ROI $1,352,480
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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