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Kean University is an excellent school.Quite BrightMeteorology
Kean University is an excellent school. The campus is not large, nor is it too small. It is just the right size to handle classes and free time. The best part of the campus' size is that you will always see familiar faces in the community and this makes daily life a bit more comfortable. Another good side of the university is the extensive amounts of programs and extracurricular organizations that are offered. It seems that there are so many people passionate about their goals (both academic and extracurricular). Living on campus is great, as this school has one of the best dorms that are usually kept with great upkeep. The two new residence halls are excellent facilities in apartment and suite style. There are no "traditional dorm" style housing on campus. Even the older buildings are being updated with new air conditioning facilities, laundry facilities, and even some fresh wall paint. The professors that I have had so far are extremely welcoming and friendly. Even though, there will always be that one or two professors who you can't stand. Then, you will have some professors who speak some broken English, but it is totally understandable. Otherwise, it is really manageable.The downside, though, parking at the university is terrible, and I feel that the lot is so far away from the residence halls. Also, sometimes dealing with offices can be a pain as some student workers are not always the best chosen customer service representatives. (But that's everywhere). Meanwhile, getting what you need to get done will be very easy if you know how to communicate and ask questions.
1st Year Male -- Class 2014
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: C-
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Kean is a good school with some majorQuite BrightEnglish
Kean is a good school with some major drawbacks, especially if you're a resident. While the dorms are nicer than most, they're plagued with frequent complications due to construction.

The University is well maintained, but when there's a problem it doesn't always get fixed right away. The office of residence life is particularly slow and unresponsive- not because of the staff, but because of the cumbersome work order process used.

I can't complain about my department. Some professors suck, and there are a lot of adjuncts at the entry level. But as you move up, you meet some genuinely unique and caring individual. Coursework is generally easy- if you want to get anything out of going to Kean, you have to do a lot of independent studying.

As far as the sciences go, there's a lot of opportunity. The University basically gives free rides to science majors if they promise to teach at a local high school for a couple of years after graduation.

Social life can be a drag. Most people commute, so it's boring but easy to get involved in a leadership position. Getting other people involved is the hard part.

I don't regret going to Kean over TCNJ or Rutgers. I do regret that the improvements made to Kean in recent years are something that I will probably not get to fully experience.

Perhaps this is a good thing, since the vision of the current President is controversial at best. While President Farahi does seem committed to having strong and unique educational programs, he treats the university like it's a hotel or cruise ship. "World Class Education" is the new motto. It's just pro Kean University propaganda and, honestly, an unfortunate misuse of funds.

All in all, Kean's alright. The best I could do, anyway. Just stay away from infiltrating the ugly bureaucracy beneath the surface, though. It's souring, but I expect most universities are no different.

If you want a school that's going to provide you with a GREAT social life with TONS of things to do ALL OF THE TIME, you should go somewhere else. If you want a decent place to study (and have a little bit of fun) on your way to grad school or a career, Kean is better than a lot of places you could be. I suspect that, to get much better, you'd need to have tremendous grades in high school or be in a good financial situation.

3rd Year Male -- Class 2009
Education Quality: A+, Social Life: D
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This school has gone down hill since IBrightBusiness - Management and Administration
This school has gone down hill since I came to Kean University back in 2004. The administration is useless and cannot get anything done. Now that the state has cut funding and with rising tuition costs, the school has announced that it will be cutting programs and faculty. I have not been happy from day one and I am desperatly trying to leave this school and move on. The school has to go through so much red tape to get anything done. The university prides it self on having the lowest costs in the state. The dorms are horrible, really, really bad. The school says that it will build new dorms and a parking deck, but I know that it will not happen anytime soon. Parking is horrible if you have class after 9:30 am, you will have to wait a minimum of at least 30-40 minutes for a space. Faculty have asked for a parking deck for 10 years and nothing has been done. I cannot stand this scool anymore and cannot wait to leave this school. If you want to come here come, but you are getting you self into some thing you will regret.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2008
University Resource Use: A-, Social Life: C
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