Freshman Application Instructions
Below you will find important dates and application instructions for freshman applicants. Please note, applicants who earned 18 or more college credits after their high school graduation are required to apply as a transfer student. For more information, visit the Transfer Application Instructions page. If you are an international applicant, please visit our International Application Instructions page.
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
The following items are required to be considered for admission:
- An official high school transcript indicating 16 college preparatory courses, including (4) English, (3) mathematics, (2) history, (2) lab sciences, and (5) approved electives in social studies, science, mathematics or foreign languages.
- Standardized Testing Scores from SAT or ACT – please include Kean's College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) number 2517. Kean will accept the ACT as well as the SAT scores for the purpose of admission, scholarship, placement test exemption, and/or program qualification consideration. Applicants may submit scores from of these two standardized tests. Kean will super score, taking the highest level score of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math (M) sections from the SAT, and the highest composite score of the ACT.
The three items below are recommended for most applicants, but are required for test-optional applicants:
- Two (2) letters of recommendation. Letters may be from teachers, counselors, employers, coaches, 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.
Please review the additional application requirements for consideration into the following programs:
To learn more about the above, please visit the How to Submit Application Items page.
Please send all supporting documents listed above to the following address:
Office of Admissions, Kean Hall
1000 Morris Ave
Union, NJ 07083
Standardized Testing Procedures
Kean accepts the SAT and ACT scores for the purpose of admission, scholarship, placement test exemption, and/or program qualification consideration. Applicants may submit scores from either standardized test.
The test-optional admissions at Kean University is designed to provide access to students who have achieved academic success in the classroom, regardless of standardized test scores.
Prospective students who have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher with a minimum of sixteen (16) Carnegie Units may chose not to submit their SAT scores as part of the admissions application process. NJCSTM majors, home-school students, international students, and merit scholarship applicants are not eligible for test-optional admissions.
Kean University Office of Admissions will use alternate indicators to evaluate college preparedness, including courses taken, grade point averages, class rank, and essays provided by the students.
Students admitted to the University through test-optional admissions are required to take the reading and math placement tests.
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 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