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Kean University

Union, NJ 4-Year Public

About Kean University

Kean University is a public, state school located in the urban setting of Union, NJ, less than an hour from New York City.

Founded in 1855, the institution currently enrolls around 14,064 students a year, including 11,686 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Kean University's endowment was valued at $60,286,155 in 2021.

2021 Admissions Facts About Kean University

Acceptance rate: 78%

Average GPA: 3.2

Early Decision or Early Action: No/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: August 15

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: November 1

What is Kean University's acceptance rate?

It is moderately difficult to get into Kean University. Kean University accepts around 78 percent of applicants each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Kean University a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Kean University, around 74 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,483 students who started at Kean University as first-time freshman, 389 graduate within four years.

Kean University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 50 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $34,276 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Kean University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Kean University a good school for YOU?

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Kean University's application deadline is August 1. All applicants will be notified by November 1.

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College Info

1000 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083

Campus Setting: Urban

Kean University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Kean University is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Kean University is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Kean University ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above


17 to 23


17 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Kean University is 21. Students with an ACT score of 23 and above have a good chance of getting into Kean University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 23 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Kean University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

460 - 550


Reading SAT Range

460 - 550

Kean University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Kean University is like? There are approximately 14,309 students enrolled at Kean University, including 12,120 undergraduate students and 2,189 graduate students. 81% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from NJ and 2% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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Application Deadline

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