Kean University is a public, comprehensive institution of higher education located in Union, New Jersey. The third-largest public university in New Jersey, Kean University is also the largest producer of teachers in NJ and strives to be the most affordable university in the state. The University’s main campus in Union County features 185.5 acres and is located just thirty minutes outside of New York City and one hour away from Philadelphia. The New Jersey Transit provides transportation with a local train stop and the Newark International Airport is a mere ten-minute drive away from campus. Kean University also operates a branch campus in Ocean County, NJ as well as a full scaled campus in Wenzhou, China – the only university in the state of New Jersey as well as one of only three in the nation approved to operate an additional campus in China.
Academic ProgramsKean University’s mission is to serve “undergraduate and graduate students in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions” and to dedicate itself “to the intellectual, cultural, and personal growth of all its members — students, faculty, and professional staff.” Kean University’s mission statement continues, “In particular, the University prepares students to think critically, creatively and globally; to adapt to changing social, economic, and technological environments; and to serve as active and contributing members of their communities.”
Kean University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1960. More than 50 undergraduate programs and over 30 graduate programs are offered through the University’s several colleges. These include the College of Business & Public Management; the College of Education; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Natural, Applied, & Health Sciences; the College of Visual & Performing Arts; the Michael Graves College; and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College.
Student LifeKean University has a total enrollment figure of more than 14,000, including nearly 12,000 undergraduate students. Nearly 2,000 students reside on campus in university housing. Student housing is divided between upper and lower class students, and includes the newly constructed Freshman Residence Hall and Upperclassman Residence Hall. Kean University boasts a number of on-campus restaurants along with several fitness centers, game rooms, and five theatres. Kean University also has a strong Greek Life presence on campus with several Greek chapters.
Kean University recognizes more than 160 student groups on campus including cultural organizations, government associations, honor societies, performance groups, professional organizations, religious and service groups, recreational organizations and more. These and other campus events and activities provide ample opportunity for students to interact with one another and with faculty members outside of the classroom and to develop valuable leadership skills. A member of the NCAA Division III, Kean University sponsors more than a dozen varsity teams which compete in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.