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This is a great school with an undeservedAverageEducation
This is a great school with an undeserved party reputation. Let me make this clear, EVERY SCHOOL HAS PARTIES. Some just hide it more than others but that does not by ANY means make Keene State less of a good school than it is! The education program is wonderful. The teachers are really helpful and I feel like I'm really prepared to go out to the real world now. I studied abroad, which you should take advantage of. Sure Keene's not Harvard but it doesn't try to be. You just gotta learn to balance fun and your work. Remember IT IS A COLLEGE there WILL BE WORK! It might be easier to get done for some people than other but if you struggled in high school you might struggle here, if you don't take advantage of tutoring. If you did fine in high school you'll have no problem here.

There are all sorts of people here and you'll be sure to find a group just for you.
Do community service, or a sport or be involved with the arts.
There's a club for everyone here if there isn't then make one!
join a parliament if you don't wanna be stuck with a bunch of partiers .... if you are then this is a good school for you too.

It's a really good state school.
Not perfect but no college is!
Plus it's not for everyone, if you want a huge university in the middle of a big city.
NOT the school for you.If you want a medium sized school in a nice college town with small class sizes, it might be the one for you!:)

4th Year Female -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B-
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I'm a freshman film student here at KeeneQuite BrightVideo/Media
I'm a freshman film student here at Keene and seem to have really found my place. Some of the comments I have seen around here don't seem to speak very clearly for our school as a whole, and feel some of the comments don't truly represent what a great college this is. Like all schools, you have the "it is what you make it" mentality, but making "it" a great experience isn't hard at all. Whatever it is your interested, there's a group for it on campus. If you like to party, you're in luck, if you don't, there's always a ton going on. If you don't come for the social life, diverse majors and amount of things to do and people to meet, then come for the beautiful location. The city of Keene is truly a hidden gem within New England and is unbelievably beautiful in the Winter and Fall. Once you settle in, Keene quickly becomes your home away from home.
1st Year Male -- Class 2011
Education Quality: A+, Useful Schoolwork: C+
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I studied Environmental Chemistry.BrightChemistry
I studied Environmental Chemistry. I'm not sure if they even offer it anymore. The intro classes (which BTW are THE most important for foundational learning in your PAY ATTENTION!) were the hardest because it was a lot of the standard lecturing and less class participation. Once I got through the first year...and Organic Chemistry the second year....the rest was SO much fun!

The teachers are engaging and most really enjoy class discussions. If you have an interest in Native American literature, there's a class for it. If you want to get your history credit learning about the history of protesting in America...there's a class for that too. Of course, I had some classes that were a bit dull (microeconomics), but if you balance the interesting classes with the mundane ones you NEED to's all good.

Night Life: If you can find the right people, there is NO need to feel like you have to party. Sure I went to frat and house parties a few times, but a majority of my non-academic time was spend exploring Keene, hiking Mt Monadnock, biking, hanging out at the local coffee shop, and (of course) the Student Center. I spent more time at the student center than in my own room. Movies, comedy night, free games, soda and popcorn at the NOC..there's A LOT to do if you're not too lazy.

Dining Hall and the 'Hoot and Scoot': The food leaves a bit to be desired. They opened up the new dining hall my last year and it was okay....but I did miss how easy it once was to get a sandwich wrap. A lot of the menu was the same (chicken patty Wednesday..What!!), so I can't complain too much.

Last but not least; housing.
I lived in Randall, Keddy, and Owls Nest. I was lucky to get a normal triple in Randall, but have seen the forced triples...It's really not THAT bad unless you bring a ton of junk to school. Keddy was not a typical dorm (it is the 36 person leadership housing). Nice doubles and if you do a leadership project each year, you are guaranteed a really good sized room! Owls Nest was outdated (apparently it was supposed to be temporary housing, obviously not) but comfortable. Other than showers getting clogged every now and again and loud people on the weekends, the housing was fine.And that ends my review! Go to KSC!!! :)

4th Year Female -- Class 2006
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Faculty Accessibility: B
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