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Welcome to Keene State College!

Keene State is a place for students to live and learn together – an environment designed to foster conversation, collaboration, and the critical thinking and decision-making that result from thorough and honest exchanges between students and faculty. Education at Keene State doesn’t happen only in the classroom – often it is extra-curricular experiences that set a student on the path to a rewarding discovery or occupation.

The campus itself – called “a hidden jewel of higher education” by a recent visitor – is the setting for that process of discovery. And it’s a beautiful campus by any standard: 170 landscaped acres, ivy-covered brick buildings, science labs and dance studios and Student Center humming with activity and purpose. More than beauty draws 5,000 students here, however – it’s the opportunity to develop their individual talents, harness their collective energy, and make a difference in the world.

Melissa Wydra, '18

The only thing you have to do is find what you love and are passionate about and get involved with it.

–Melissa Wydra ’18

Housing & Dining

Keene State's residence halls feature suite-style arrangements, living/learning communities, the Residence Hall Council to advocate for students and answer questions, and a well-trained Residential Life staff whose innovative, student-led programs won “School of the Year” recognition for KSC in 2011.

Residential students can opt for various levels of meal plans.

Meals are served int he bright and spacious Zorn Dining Commons in the heart of campus, as well as at the Market at Hoot-n-Scoot, and in the Young Student Center at Lloyd's Marketplace and the Night Owl Cafe

Residential Life

Student Services

Student Services encompasses the administrative offices of the College that directly support all KSC students and help solve day-to-day problems. The Dean of Students Office pays special attention to first-year students and helps familiarize them with College expectations and standards.

Student Services

Student Involvement

Get Involved. Get connected. Get ahead. Discover Student Involvement programs to find volunteer and leadership opportunities, occasions for personal and professional growth, socializing, and career exploration to make the most of your time at Keene State College.

Student Involvement

Campus Recreation & Fitness

The Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art hub for all students and offering 3 full-size courts, fitness center, weight room, classes (zumba, yoga, aerobics), and a full schedule of club and intramural sports, from Brazilian jujitsu to Ultimate Frisbee.

Campus Recreation & Fitness

Parent & Family Activities

The Parents Association sponsors events throughout the year for parents and guardians to connect and network with each other and with students. Parent/Family Weekend is a highlight of the fall, a wonderful time to visit with your student, meet campus leaders, and have fun together. The Parent/Family Newsletter, published in spring and fall, offers useful information on student success, tips on job prospects, and information on upcoming events.

Parent/Family Weekend

Contact Student Engagement

Jennifer L. Ferrell
Associate Vice President for Student Engagement
☎ 603-358-2664