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Academic Accordions: 
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Freshman Admissions
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Freshman Admissions

Name: Jennifer Kanellis, Director of Admissions
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Degree: B.A. Applied Psychology & Human Relations, M.S. School Counseling
Alma Mater: Pace University (B.A.), NYIT (M.S.)
Hobbies/Interests: I love staying active in my community, traveling to new places, and spending time with my family and friends at the shore, on the slopes and on the golf course.
Recruitment Territory: Hudson County, NJ and non-New Jersey residents.
Specialties: Spanish Speaking Program (SSP), Appeals Committee Chair
Contact me: jkanelli@kean.edu

The value you’ll find at Kean is unparalleled—that’s what I love most about this university.  Kean makes a world-class education accessible, affordable, and attainable. The landscape and rich history of the 160-year old, tree-lined campus is breathtaking, but the state-of-the-art facilities and access to the best technology, industry grade equipment, and world-class faculty is what keeps Kean progressive and a leader in higher education.  

Gregory Benedict

Name: Gregory Benedict Jr., Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Howell, NJ
Degree: B.A. History, M.P.A. Public Administration
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking and watching the NY Giants and Notre Dame football.
Recruitment Territory: NJ Counties: Middlesex, Atlantic, Ocean, Burlington and Monmouth
Specialties: Athletics
Contact me: 908.737.7104, benedicg@kean.edu

Kean University has become my second home. I have grown so much through my degree programs and experiences throughout the campus as a student, as well as a professional. I have the privilege to work on career goals of my own at the school I call home--and without the world-class education Kean provides, my story might be completely different! I love Kean University because it allows students the opportunity to grow into the professional individuals of their dreams! The connections made along the way just make the experience that much stronger and can provide students with endless possibilities!  

Nigel DonaldName: Nigel Donald, Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Linden, NJ
Degree: B.A. in Economics with a Political Science Minor 
Alma Mater: Kean University 
Hobbies/Interests: Photography, traveling and watching the New England Patriots.
Recruitment Territory: NJ Counties: Camden, Essex, and Somerset. NY: Richmond County/Staten Island
Specialties: PASSPORT, Dream Act
Contact me: 908-737-7107  donaldn@kean.edu  

What I love about Kean is the diversity.  The diversity is so widespread you never feel out of place. Secondly, the professors - they truly care for students and go the extra mile. 
 

Kristen Sneerginer

Name: Kirsten Sneeringer, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: Gettysburg, PA 
Degree: B.A. English
Alma Mater: Mount St. Mary’s University
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, writing creative nonfiction, spending time at the beach, and crafting!
Freshman Applicants from: NJ Counties: Bergen, Mercer, Morris, Passaic. All International applicants
Specialties: EOF, Upward Bound, International
Contact me: 908.737.7113 ksneerin@kean.edu

Kean University provides students with all the tools they need to become academically and professionally successful. Faculty and staff are dedicated to student achievement and maintaining close relationships with students, giving Kean the feel of a small, private institution but with the amenities and opportunities of a large university—including excellent housing, internship & study abroad opportunities, and a diverse population. 

All of this, along with having the most affordable comprehensive University in New Jersey, makes for a life-changing experience! 

Christina Vazquez

Name: Christina Vazquez, Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Union, NJ
Degree: B.S. in Theatre, M.A. in Sociology/Social Justice
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Yoga, Pilates/Barre, Crossfit, reading, and volunteering with animal rescue groups.
Recruitment Territory: Union County
Contact me: 908.737.7110 vazquezc@kean.edu

The faculty at Kean are inspirational. They are all practicing professionals in their career fields. Kean is a large public institution yet maintains the intimate and personal experience of a small private school.
Kean students receive a world class education, with access to an abundance of internship opportunities and a preparedness for the real world.

Ashley Boseman

Name: Ashley Boseman, Admissions Representative
Hometown: Newark, NJ
Degree: BS, Biology and MPA, Public Administration
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, spending time at the beach, reading, and watching Football! (Go Steelers!)
Recruitment Territory: NJ Counties: Gloucester, Hunterdon, Sussex, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, and Warren
Contact me: 908.737.7177, bosemana@kean.edu

I love Kean University because it has molded me into the person I am today. I've been able to grow personally and professionally thanks to the exceptional mentoring of the wonderful Faculty and Staff here at Kean University.

Accordion Title: 
Transfer Admissions
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Transfer Admissions

Ty Gaines

Name: Ty Gaines, Managing Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions
Hometown: Linden, NJ
Degree: B.A.Communications, M.P.A., Public Administration
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, Community Service, and spending time with Family and Friends.
Recruitment Territory: All Community College Partnerships and Articulation 
Transfer Applicants: Last Names A-F 
Contact me: 908.737.7134 lgaines@kean.edu

What I love about Kean University is its diversity, the affordable world-class education, and the University's commitment to a student centered approach to engagement and student success. Additionally, Kean University is focused on positive growth in the areas of adding new and innovative degree programs and ensuring that students receive the a robust experience academically, as well as outside of the classroom.

Christina Vazquez

Name: Christina Vazquez, Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Union, NJ
Degree: B.S. in Theatre, M.A. in Sociology/Social Justice
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Yoga, Pilates/Barre, Crossfit, reading, and volunteering with animal rescue groups.
Recruitment Territory: South Jersey
Transfer Applicants Last names: G-O
Contact me: 908.737.7110 vazquezc@kean.edu

The faculty at Kean are inspirational. They are all practicing professionals in their career fields. Kean is a large public institution yet maintains the intimate and personal experience of a small private school. Kean students receive a world class education, with access to an abundance of internship opportunities and a preparedness for the real world.

Ashley Boseman

Name: Ashley Boseman, Admissions Representative
Hometown: Newark, NJ
Degree: B.S.Biology and M.P.A.,Public Administration
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, spending time at the beach, reading, and watching Football! (Go Steelers!)
Recruitment Territory: North Jersey

Transfer Applicants: Last Names P-Z
Contact me: 908.737.7177, bosemana@kean.edu

I love Kean University because it has molded me into the person I am today. I've been able to grow personally and professionally thanks to the exceptional mentoring of the wonderful Faculty and Staff here at Kean University.

Accordion Title: 
Kean Online Admissions
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Kean Online Admissions

John Van Brunt

Name: John Van Brunt
Hometown: Roxbury, NJ
Degree: B.S. Business Management and MBA in Management
Alma Mater: Monmouth University
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family and friends. Playing and watching sports. Comedy. 

Phone: 908.737.4277
Email: vanbrunt@kean.edu
 

 

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Graduate Admissions
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Graduate Admissions

All applicants seeking information on processes and required materials for admission to our graduate programs are encouraged to contact one of our counselors below. Please note that our counselors handle inquiries and admissions based on applicant last name, as indicated in the profiles below.

Name: Brittany Gerstenhaber, Graduate Admissions Counselor
Hometown: West Windsor, NJ
Degree: B.A. East Asian Studies, Political Science
Alma Mater: Bucknell University
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends
Graduate Applicants Last Names: A-J
Contact me: 908.737.7132 -- brittang@kean.edu

I love the community feel Kean University has. You feel it the minute you step on campus – the campus is friendly, welcoming, and beautiful; the programs are world-class! Kean provides students with the tools they need to become successful professionals in their chosen field. Our State of the Art on-campus facilities and proximity and access to NYC internships mean students get extensive hands-on experience before graduation. In conjunction with the affordability offered to students, Kean is the right choice to further your education!

 

 

Name: Pedro Lopes, Graduate Admissions Counselor
Hometown: North Brunswick, NJ
Degree: BS in Sociology; Minor in Communications
Alma Mater: Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Hobbies/Interests: Coaching Soccer
Graduate Applicants Last names: M-Z
Contact me:  908.737.7119 -- plopes@kean.edu

The welcoming campus community; friendly student body and the continuous and positive facility enhancements. Key advantages Kean offers to its students / graduates:    Kean University offers our students an affordable education. Our small class size will create an atmosphere where our students and professors will interact with each other in a personal way – you’ll know your professors. Our location with easy & quick access to New York City will ensure our students have the World (every Industry) at their fingertips.  Kean’s commitment to a World Class Education by continuously building State of-the Art Facilities will allow our students access to the newest technology and best educational spaces.  Lastly, Kean University will give you a diverse educational community; beautiful and inviting campus and an arena where you will grow into a global citizen.

 

Ty GainesName: Helen Corpuz Ramirez, Associate Director, Graduate Admissions
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Degree: BA, Psychology; MS, Education
Alma Mater: Fordham University and CUNY, College of Staten Island
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my family & friends preferably on a beach listening to DMB
Graduate Applicants Last Names: K-L
Contact me: 908.737.7137 -- hramirez@kean.edu

When I first stepped onto Kean University’s campus I was impressed with the beautiful architecture and the pristine landscape.  After interacting and meeting Kean’s students, administrators, and faculty I quickly realized the real beauty of Kean lies in the individuals. The academic rigor of our graduate programs coupled with the state-of-the-art facilities will prepare you to meet your professional ambitions and career aspirations.  Our faculty and administrators work hard to build relationships with industry professionals to offer internship and practicum opportunities.  Your graduate education at Kean expands beyond classroom walls.  At Kean, you will have the opportunity to impact your world and apply what you learn even before graduation.  I hope you will visit and experience Kean University first hand.  

 

Accordion Title: 
Kean Ocean Admissions
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Kean Ocean Admissions

Name Phone Number Email Specialty
Richard Harrell 732.255.0400 harrellr@kean.edu All BA and BFA majors
Tara Higgins 732.255.0356 thiggins@kean.edu All BS and BSN majors

A Note from the Director of Admissions

Jennifer Kanellis, Director of Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Kean. Hopefully you’ve had some time to explore our website and have started to discover some of the many advantages Kean University has to offer.

What I love most about Kean is the fact that we make a world-class education accessible, affordable, and attainable.  The value you’ll find at Kean is unparalleled. The landscape and rich history of the 160-year old, tree-lined campus is breathtaking, but the state-of-the-art facilities and world- class faculty is what keeps Kean a leader in higher education. If you haven't done so already, you have to come and check this place out!  

We encourage you to connect with your Admissions Counselor from the menu above.  Please also check our Recruitment Calendar to see when your Admissions Counselor will be visiting your area, or click here to schedule your next campus visit. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,
Jennifer Kanellis
Director of Admissions

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