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Keene State College

Keene, NH

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About This Campus

With more than 40 programs of study, Keene State College prepares students to think critically, act creatively, and serve the greater good. The 170 acre Keene State campus generates the ambiance of a small New England College, with ivy-covered buildings, grassy commons, and brick walkways. Living on campus is the choice of over half the students and residence halls at KSC are strong, vital communities in which students feel included and free to make their own unique contributions. Over 100 student organizations provide a multitude of co-curricular learning experiences. Keene State College founded in 1909, is situated in the charming town of Keene, located in the heart of New England. Keene is the largest town in the southwest corner of New Hampshire and is known for its picturesque Central Square, shops and restaurants. There is a wide range of outdoor and social activities that take place in Keene.

Location Information

Located on Main Street in Keene, N.H., the largest town (pop. 25,000+) in southwestern New Hampshire, the College is only a few minutes walk to Keene's lively downtown. It's a two hour drive to Boston, four hours to New York City and 20 minutes to Vermont.

Helpful Information

A welcoming campus that appreciates having exchange students.

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Keene
Population | 25,000
Enrollment | 3,528
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/25-12/05
Spring | 01/16-5/6

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 2%
Black | 3%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 4%
Two or more | 1%
White | 83%
Other | 6%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs

Courses are not guaranteed in any major.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies - One of the few undergraduate institutions that offer a degree in Holocaust and Genocide.
  • Safety Science - Degree title is Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science BS.
  • Film Studies - Degrees in Film Production and/or Film Criticism
  • Political Science - Especially interesting to be in New Hampshire (first in the nation) the semester of the Presidential Primary.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies - Offering the first four-year BA degree in the U.S. – examines both the Holocaust and the broader topic of genocide in an interdisciplinary exploration of history, philosophy, psychology, the arts, religion, and sociology.
  • Occupational Safety and Health - Major titled: Safety and Occupational Health Applied Science. Working in the high-tech TDS (Technology, Design, and Safety) Center at KSC, students learn about health and safety in the workplace, compliance with safety and environmental regulations, human resource management, and jobsite leadership. Internships put classroom knowledge into action.
  • Product Design - KSC’s program approaches the artistic, scientific, and technical aspects from a viewpoint that values sustainability and sound business practices

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Athletic Training
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Management
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Communication
  • Community Health
  • Construction Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Digital Arts
  • Drawing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Exercise Science
  • Film
  • Fine Art
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Law Enforcement/Police Sciences
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval/Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Nutrition
  • Performance and Directing
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Queer, Gay and Lesbian Studies
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Studio Art
  • Teacher Education
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Design
  • Women and Gender Studies


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • pre-req. are required for most upper level course.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, N/A computer or N/A Internet
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/11/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment: 20

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Parking Fee $100 Semester Home Optional
Housing deposit Fee $100 Semester Home Mandatory

Important Notes: Some courses will have specific fees (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/11/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 55% living on campus
  • Double: $4203
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
KSC offers a variety of on-campus living options that are well run and supervised.

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2399 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
unlimited meals for $2399. per semester. Meal plan is required if living on campus. Very good food options at every meal.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/11/21

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


  • Health records due by: August 1
  • Home campus copy acceptable
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance (encouraged)
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Meningococcal
  • Immunization: Tuberculosis
  • Immunization: Varicella 1 and 2, Tdap,

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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