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I wouldn't have gone to Kean if myQuite BrightEnglish
I wouldn't have gone to Kean if my family's financial situation hadn't forced me to attend a nearby inexpensive school. Kean is probably the least reputable of New Jersey's state schools, and the administration that has been in place for the past few years ignore the school's dire academic situation, focusing attention instead on meaningless trifles such as campus aesthetics (temporary flowers and trees, plastic picket fences) and public relations (billboards on buses, badly made commercials, propaganda music videos). As Kean is also planning to annex Ocean County College, students can expect the death of any potential academic improvements, skyrocketing tuition, and the school's (non-existant) reputation falling further to the dregs.

While I have had rather good experiences with the full-time faculty members of my department, they are few and far between. In the English department alone, there are less than 20 full-time professors and around 100 adjunct 'faculty'. As the Kean administration focuses on physical rather than academic expansion, available resources stretch thinner and thinner. Full-time faculty becomes less available while uncaring, unattentive, and academically inept adjuncts teach upper-level and graduate courses. Students at Kean are paying nearly eight grand each year and are taught by high school teachers, lawyers, accountants, and part-time professors teaching at anywhere from five to ten schools rather than by actual scholars.

At Kean we are not students, we are customers purchasing $32,000 pieces of paper. Kean is not a university, it is a papermill.

I would encourage anyone who reads this not to go to Kean. You can have a good experience here--I have established good relationships with a large portion of faculty in the English department, have gotten involved in university politics and extracurriculars, have taken challenging classes taught by actual academics, and as a result have gotten into a good graduate school that I will attend in the fall. If you can wade through the administrative filth and the desolate situation of the school, you should be OK. I wouldn't want to go through this experience again.

4th Year Male -- Class 2006
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Scholastic Success: F
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The univeristy is good speaking in terms ofNot so brightBusiness - Management and Administration
The univeristy is good speaking in terms of faculty/majors and other programs but when it comes to the students the school falls short. For example there are not many school held events, but there a few. The president of the univeristy said that there were going to be changes, but nothing has changed. The administration said that there will be new dorms and a parking deck, also a new science building-but ground has not been broken for any of these projects and this is with plans to finish construction within 3 years. Nobody dorms at this school, 95% of the student population commutes making it hard to make friends. For me, i have not had a good experience at this school and will be leaving. Those of you do come to Kean univeristy (not saying it is a bad thing) you really need to have a plan to get involved in something or you will be lost.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2008
Campus Aesthetics: A-, Social Life: C
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I was looking to enter the field ofBrightCriminal
I was looking to enter the field of law enforcement once I graduated. The Criminal Justice program mostley dealt with Philosophy and dealing with people. Which are good skills to have, but not much real world direct application. I would definately going for a business degree above all else. No matter what you are interested in, you need to know how to turn it into cash. Your interests you'll pursue on your own, but you need to know how to take those interests and turn them into opportunities.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Installer; Preparedness: F Reputation: F
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