Freshman Application Instructions
Admission to most majors at Kean University is test-optional for those students who have achieved a high level of academic success in the classroom, regardless of standardized test scores.
Below you will find important dates and application instructions to help guide you through the application process including requirements for test-optional freshman applicants. Of note, applicants who earned 18 or more college credits after their high school graduation are required to apply as a transfer student. For international applicants, get started here.
Important Dates and Deadlines – Fall Enrollment
January 1: Early Action Deadline – Students who submit and complete their Early Action application by January 1 are guaranteed an Admissions decision by January 31. Other benefits to accepted early action applicants are an early action scholarship award and priority placement testing appointments, registration, housing selection, and financial aid packaging.
March 1: Preferred FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Deadline.
March 1: Priority Application Deadline for the Program for Academic Support Services Providing Opportunities to Remarkable and Talented Students (PASSPORT).
April 30: Preferred Application Deadline. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis thereafter.
May 1: Preferred Tuition Deposit Deadline.
May 1: Exceptional Educational Opportunities/Educational Opportunity Fund (EEO/EOF) Program Application Deadline (Fall semester admission only).
STEP 1: Complete a Kean University Online Application
Kean University is also a member institution of The Common Application.
STEP 2: Submit Payment
You will have an opportunity to pay the application fee of $75 directly through the online application. Once you've completed the application, submit both the application and the application fee.
If you prefer to pay by mail, please send a check payable to Kean University to the address listed below in Step 3.
STEP 3: Send Supporting Documentation
All applicants are required to submit an official high school transcript to be considered for admission. The transcript must indicate 16 college preparatory courses including (4) English, (3) Mathematics, (2) History, (2) Lab Sciences, (2) years of the same foreign language and (3) approved electives in social studies, science or mathematics.
STANDARD ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Prospective students need to submit standardized testing scores from the SAT and/or ACT along with your official high school transcript. Kean accepts the SAT and ACT scores for the purpose of admission, scholarship, placement test exemption, and/or program qualification consideration. Please include Kean's College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) number 2517 when submitting your scores.
Of note, Kean will super score the SAT and ACT, taking the highest level score of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math (M) sections on your SAT and the highest composite score of the ACT.
If you are a student considering admission into any one of the following programs, please make note of any additional application items that are required for submission.
TEST-OPTIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Prospective first-year students who have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher with a minimum of 16 college preparatory courses may choose not to submit their SAT scores as part of the admissions application process. Of note, test scores are required for the following applicants:
- NJCSTM majors (honors program)
- Home-school students
- International students
- Merit Scholarship applicants
- GED applicants
The Office of Admissions will use alternate indicators to evaluate college preparedness, including but not limited to courses taken, grade point averages, class rank and essays provided by the students. If you are admitted to the University through test-optional admissions, you will still be required to take the reading and math placement tests. To learn more about scholarship eligibility, click here.
The items below are recommended for most applicants, but are required for test-optional applicants:
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from either a teacher, counselor, employer and/or coach, etc.
- Personal essay (1-2 pages) expressing your educational and professional career goals
- List of your high school activities and/or work experiences, indicating any leadership positions held
Learn more about how to submit your supporting documentation items here.
Special Program Information
Exceptional Educational Opportunities/Educational Opportunities Fund (EEO/EOF): This program provides access to higher education to educationally and financially disadvantaged students, as defined by the Commission on Higher Education, Educational Opportunity Fund. Students are admitted via an alternate admission category and are eligible to receive a state-funded Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) grant. If you are interested in applying for this program, please complete the application instructions above (selecting EEO/EOF when completing the online application). For additional information about EEO/EOF, click here.
Spanish Speaking Program (SSP): The Spanish Speaking Program (SSP) was established in 1972 as an initiative to provide access to higher education to Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. Through this program, the students are offered college courses in Spanish during the first two years of their curriculum. If you are interested in applying for this program, please complete the application instructions above (selecting SSP when completing the online application). For additional information about SSP, click here.
Entry Program Into College (EPIC): This program is for students age 22 and older that have been away from formal education for over five years. The EPIC program enrolls both freshmen and transfer students. Students in the EPIC program will begin their studies on a part-time schedule (enrolled in up to 11 credits per semester) until the successful completion of 18-24 credits, at which point they will have the option of attending full-time. If you are interested in the EPIC program, please complete the application instructions above (selecting EPIC when completing the online application). For additional information about EPIC, click here.
Admissions Appeal Request
Requests for reconsideration of the Kean University Undergraduate Admissions Application must be based upon new academic information (that was not available at the time of the original decision and) which shows significant improvement as compared to credentials previously submitted. If you would like to appeal your admissions decision, please email:
Carlos Nazario, Director of Admissions | email@example.com