Keene State College



Allison Shufelt

“I love all the reading and being able to discuss literature with a group of engaged and like-minded individuals. My favorite class so far is King Arthur in Literature, Art, and Film.”

– Allison Shufelt, English Major

Students believe in getting involved.

With 5,000 enthusiastic young people on campus, there is energy to burn. That’s how KSC students rack up more than 400,000 hours in credited student service and another 17,000 hours in volunteer community service every year.

Keene State welcomes your energy. It defines who you are, and who we are. Here, you can be the author of your own story.

Keene State is a place where you can live your values.

If you see yourself moving into a world where community, connection, and service are a seamless part of your personal and professional life, Keene State College can help you get there. And you’ll have a lot of fun in the process.

Student energy – by the megawatt – goes into internships, student teaching, practicums, and cooperatives. It powers the hugely successful recycling program on campus, called R.O.C.K.S. Student energy fuels Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village, Alternative Spring Break, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ashuelot River annual clean-up, Sustainability Council, Pumpkin Lobotomy, Chalk Talk, First Book, and political groups of every stripe. It keeps rehearsal halls, science labs, campus radio and TV studios, newspaper and yearbook offices, and the Student Center humming at all hours.

Student organizations on campus number nearly 100, and that’s not counting 17 varsity sports (Division III, Little East Conference) and more than 30 intramural and club sports.

Keene State students fan out into the community, the Monadnock region, and the world to work, to study, to travel. Study abroad – arranged and supported through the Global Education Office (GEO) – places students in educational settings from Australia to Peru to Spain, and draws international students here for true cross-cultural experiences. Full-time students who have completed 15 credits at KSC are eligible for study-away programs.

We value diversity and embrace multiculturalism.

What is diversity? Diversity is respect for every individual. Period.

“Keene State is a warm and welcoming community that supports diversity and is constantly finding ways to break barriers and overcome inequality.”
– Comment taken from 2010 graduating students survey

“Keene State is a place where students are first. The goal of diversity and multiculturalism is to create a climate of openness, in and out of the classroom, characterized by honest conversations. Increased diversity benefits everyone.”
— Dr. Dottie Morris, Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism

Diversity at Keene State is… diverse! Race, gender, class and rank, income, ethnicity, accessibility, sexual preference, and other ways in which human beings can and do differ are acknowledged, examined, and accepted here.