1. Location : Kean University is located in Union, NJ.
2.Funding : It is a public college and is the state university of Union.
3. Size :Based on the facts and figures chart on the Kean website (kean.edu)., the amount of students at the college is 15,939.
4. Percent of Men and Women : Based on the website collegestats.org the percentage of men at Kean University is 65 % and for women is 68%.
5. Tuition : Based on the website collegecalc.org, the tuition amount for New Jersey residents is $23,907 and for non New Jersey residents it is $29,947.
6. Most Popular Majors : The most popular majors at Kean are communications, journalism, and public relations.
7. Greek Life: There is Greek Life on campus.
8. Acceptance Rate : and the acceptance rate is 70 %.
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Kean University’s website at http://admissions.kean.edu/.
Why Choose Kean University?
" I chose to apply to Kean because it wasn't really far from the town I live and it was affordable compared to other colleges. Also, my older brother attends this university. As a prospective student I liked that it was medium sized campus it's not that huge like Rutgers. I like that I can easily walk to class and take public transportation. Plus, I'm near New York."
A + Features
My favorite part about our school is the Liberty Hall Museum located across from the Main Campus. I love the museum because it is very old fashioned and the rose garden and lawn is stunning. I love being a student at Kean because it is filled with so much history and not many colleges have an old fashioned plantation style type of museum like we do. There are not that many traditional events, but each year the museum has a food market where you can get fresh food and drinks as well.
A major problem on our campus is that some people forget to recycle their plastic bottles and throw them in garbage cans, instead of following the Going Green Movement to save the environment.
New Collegiette on Campus
"Being a freshman first-year at Kean is quite the experience. Students are required to take a general education course called Transition 2 Kean, where they learn the basics of attending Kean find how to successfully transition into collegiate life. There are hundreds of student groups on campus for anyone to be apart of like the Kean Gospel Choir, Student Organization, Pan- African Student Union, Men's and Women's Circle just to name a few. As well as tons of leadership & community service opportunities available. First years can meet fellow first years, upperclassmen, and university officials all within 2 semesters."
"There are 4 residence halls allocated for first year living. Whiteman & Dougall Hall are the 2 traditional style housing available, also the most affordable. New Freshmen residence hall is is the newest building for first years only, with carpeting, manual control ac/ heating, and other amenities. Bartlett Hall is the only building that encompasses first years, upperclassmen, international and even graduate students all in one. Residents have the option of having a roommate or living in a room alone, along with having suitmates, and depending on the residence hall a living room space as well."
"Kean University has Open Houses throughout each semester to give parents and potential students an opportunity to gain information about their academic intended majors, student engagement on-campus, free services offered to students and residential living opporunities. The office of undergraduate admissions is also the primary department that gives tours to the public around the campus throughout the school week. All one needs to do is contact the office for a scheduled tour. Fridays are the common designated tour day."
"It is very easy for first years to interact and socialize with upperclassmen. There are a couple of ways to go about this. 1. Get engaged in student groups. 2. Attend the various student group & recruitment events like Kean Day, Meet the Greeks & Student Group expo. 3. Look at Greek Life on campus & attend their programs. 4. Attend programs & events on campus like speed dating, game night, open mic night & various educational/ social based activities. 5. Go on student organization & group sponsored trips to broadway shows, NYC tours, and sport functions."
" As far as rituals are concerned, there aren't any ones established. However some common activities include going to the UC Game Room, eating in the UC Cougar's Den, and of course, go to the scheduled events for Welcome Back Week at the start of each Fall Semester."
All About Academics
The most popular majors and departments are communication, journalism, sociology, public relations, and psychology.
The work load ranges in classes depending on what you are majoring in. For example, some classes focus more on writing assingments then readings ones. The work load is pretty heavy though, very few classes offer a light work load.In communication classes there tends to be a lot of final projects involving presentations like oral presentations, debates, and power point presentations as well.
As far as the advising system goes, each student is given an advisior and they help with making sure that the student is taking the right classes based on their major ( in terms of area of study) program evaluation.Course registration can be very difficult because certain students that have a certain amounnt of credits have specific days they can register for classes, and even when that day comes if your advisior did not lift the hold off your account, then you can't register. You need to meet with your advisior first in order to get the hold off and then proceed on choosing your classes. It's also a hassle because certain classes close up much quicker then others.
Fulfilling general requirements is difficult, but as long as you make sure you follow your program evaulation and pass your classes with high grades, then it goes by quickly.
People that are super serious about studying and want to go to a location that's very quiet tend to always go to the library, so yes people do go there quite often.
People generally study in the Starbucks Cafe sipping a cup of coffee or upstairs in the quiet rooms in the library.
Learn from the Best
"My favorite and best professor at Kean is professor Lauro she is quirky but very active in helping students. She also gives relevant information pertaining to the field of journalism. Also professor Ralph Giordano who teaches leisure and recreation in a multicultural society. His teaching style is very unorthodox in a fun way. He is knowlegeable about the subject he teaches and that makes him a great professor."
"Classes are what you make them. Not every class is going to be an easy A but the classesI find most rewarding are the ones where teacher challenges you and promote and interactive environment."
"My favorite classes are actually classes I take as free electives. I've taken several psychology classes and have enjoyed them because they offer a new perspective outside my major. Many times when taking free electives I find ways to apply it to my major."
"I don't think enough students take advantage of office hours and its really a shame. Professors have a spent a a lot of time studying their field and can offer valuable advice to student. The time to see your professor I [is] before your having a problem in class not after. If you are having trouble in class visiting your professor to work out is a good thing to do. If your not having trouble in class stop by your professor office any way to talk about assignments or just talk. You never know your professor could make a great reference one day."
"I'm not sure about fun traditions or unique talents but I can say that a lot of my professors could be comedians. They tell a lot of jokes and share personal experiences that keep the class entertained. One of my professors told the class that she performed as a clown at birthday parties in her spare time. I thought that was pretty unique."
Interests & Involvement
" Yes, but I feel that Kean being a commuter school limits the amount of participation from students who do not live on campus or close by."
"Word of mouth, Cougar Linkand campus fairs/activities."
" Greek organizations, student org, Pasu, Hsa."
"The bond built with the other members, networking, activities and events hosted."
"It is not extremely difficult to start your own club, however it does take a lot of hard work, time and support."
"Football, basketball, and other general sports teams."
"More popular during homecoming."
" I think so."
"Yes they do."
Being a woman on campus feels wonderful and empowering.
Women on campus typically wear tights with sweater dresses, jeans and blouses, cardigans, snow boots, and etc.
There are sororities that women can join, there is Her Campus Kean women's magazine, and there is a women's circle club as well.
Most women on campus respect the gender ratio on campus.
Food & Drink
"One dinning and it's in the residence cafeteria."
"The food is bad and they don't have much variety or flavor."
"I do not like the food."
"Not usually, I've heard from students that once they have their different meal plans, they tend to go elsewhere because they have more money to eat at other places."
"The Cougars Den."
"My favorite is the turkey burger with sweet potatoe fries at the Cougars Den."
"Usually in the residence halls many students do homework, watch TV, socialize with friends, or go to parties off campus."
"Yes, there are parties off campus but Kean doesn't provide housing for greek organizations. The parties are usually some members of a greek organization who live in a house and have people come over to a party."
"Usually, freshmen and sophomores go to frats and sport houses. After you turn 21, the big party spots are Atlantic City, Hoboken, or pubs around campus."
"There are no campus parties, to my knowledge. Since it's a dry campus usually its about 10-15 people in a dorm room quietly drinking. Unfortunately, our school isn't as cool as many others."
"Yes. However, my philosophy always is that if you pressure someone into drinking, the little voice inside them wanted to drink already. Usually someone is doing you a favor, staying on campus is boring and there's not much to do. Why not go to Hoboken one weekend and have fun? Who knows maybe you'll meet someone from a cooler school."
"Some alternatives are definitely including homework, watching Netflix, attending on campus events, or going home on the weekend."
"Being that the university is diverse in all aspects, students are much more open in meeting new people and socializing with different groups. However, sometimes groups of friends are a bit exclusive."
"Depending on what social scene is being observed. Usually Greek Organizations stick to themselves as well as sports. Living on campus the social scene doesn't exist nobody really goes out to the cafeteria to meet people. Typically, you either eat by yourself or with a certain group of friends."
" Yes. But keep in mind that most parties are exclusive, so it's not like the whole school is partying on a Tuesday night."
"Usually the best form of transportation if it's a party is utilizing taxi services. Elizabeth isn't the best area to walk by yourself at night, taking a cab is safer."
“Classes, work (if you work on campus), food, etc. are all in one location, so there is easy access and less time is consumed on travel.”
“You are able to choose. You can go through the room selection process with your friends or chosen roommates. If not, you can pick a roommate anonymously according to a questionnaire that all students who dorm complete.”
“Generally, I like to go to eat with my roommates or take the Kean shuttle to go shopping or to the movies. Recently, we have started to go to the gym here to work out, but if we are lazy we will have a stay in movie night in our room.”
“Sometimes living on campus with roommates can bring on conflicts, of course, that may interfere with building a strong relationship with them and in other cases your friendship does feel stronger because you spend so much time together.”
“Kean University is located in two cities, Union and Elizabeth. The school is pretty much secluded from the cities. Usually if students want to go out they would take the train that is located right by the Kean campus to New York City.”
“No. For restaurants and stores you would either need to drive, take a bus, or train. However, there are stores and restaurants that are in the university that are all with walking distance.”
“Yes. Students who are over 21 can take a nearby train to New York City or Hoboken. However, those that are under 21 resort to taking a cab to an off campus event. The school will sometimes host concerts, poetry slams, and any other nightlife option.”
“The town of Union and Elizabeth are very respectful of Kean students. In part mostly because many residents who live in Union and Elizabeth study at Kean University.”
“The best thing that I like about the town that my school is in is that it's in close proximity of New York City.”
“One thing that I don't like about the town my school is in is that it can be a bit dangerous walking at night.”
“Depends. If you are in a sport and/or Greek organization, yes you do. However, most students attend on campus event, especially during homecoming weekend.”
“Yes, most students intern in New York City.”
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