Kean enrolls record class — in N.J. and around globe

Kean University’s efforts to expand its brand and presence throughout the country and around the globe are taking root.

This fall, more than 17,000 students (a record) from 82 countries and 35 states are registered at Kean.

Kean’s U.S. campuses welcomed the largest-ever number of new students for the first day of classes Tuesday, with more than 4,000 new freshmen, graduate students and transfer students registered.

Kean’s U.S. campuses are projected to educate more than 13,000 students this year, at campuses in Union and Toms River as well as Kean Online.

Kean also operates Wenzhou-Kean University in Wenzhou, China.

Kean President Lamont Repollet obviously is thrilled with the school’s growth.

“Kean University’s growing reputation for providing outstanding academic programs and fostering a diverse and welcoming campus environment is generating remarkable growth in our enrollment,” he said. “As New Jersey’s urban research university, Kean is committed to supporting students from all backgrounds on their path toward earning a college degree. We are thrilled to welcome all of our new students this fall.”

Kean’s enrollment includes a four-year high in the number of graduate students at the university. More than 800 new graduate students are enrolled at Kean for the Fall semester, drawn by powerful programs in areas such as genetic counseling, physical therapy, computer information systems, business, education, psychology and more.

Kean Senior Vice President for Administration Michael Salvatore said the Division of Enrollment Services worked tirelessly to engage with prospective students and share the story of Kean’s mission and journey with them.

“The collective efforts of various units have been fruitful, as we fill the beds in our residence halls, enjoy full rosters on our athletic teams and meet the learning needs of our students with courses in various modalities,” he said. “It’s great to see so many new students on campus. We are here to make sure they have all the support they need to graduate and pursue the career of their dreams.”