Keystone College


Enrollment: 1,612.

Student Body: 60% female, 40% male, 11% out-of-state, international (10 countries represented). Asian 1%, African American 2%, Caucasian 57%, Hispanic 2%.

Retention and Graduation: 61% freshmen return for sophomore year. 46% grads go on to further study within 1 year.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 10:1. 71 full-time faculty, 41% hold PhDs, 4% are members of minority groups, 63% are women.


Degrees: Associate, bachelors, certificate, post-bachelor’s certificate, terminal associate, transfer associate.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/discussion sessions have fewer than 10 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Business administration and management; education; security and protective services, other.

Special Study Options: Cooperative education program, cross-registration, distance learning, double major, dual enrollment, English as a Second Language (ESL), honors program, independent study, internships, study abroad, teacher certification program, weekend college.

Honors programs: Freshmen Honor’s Program Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tutors.

Career services: Alumni network, alumni services, career/job search classes, career assessment, internships, regional alumni.

Career services highlights include: Student internship placements have included NBC Dateline, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, U.S. Olympic Training Committee, US Secret Service, ESPN Radio, Atlantic Records, and placements abroad in several countries.


Housing: Coed dorms, special housing for disabled students, women’s dorms 80% of campus accessible to physically disabled. Special Academic Facilities/ Equipment: Linder Art Gallery; Cupillari Astronomical Observatory; Willary Water Resource Center.

Computers: 100% of classrooms, 50% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 50% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Rural.

Activities: Choral groups, drama/theater, literary magazine, musical theater, radio station, student government, student newspaper, yearbook, campus ministries, international student organization.

Organizations: 22 registered organizations, 1 religious organizations.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor). Women: Basketball, cross-country, field hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: Linder Art Gallery, 270 acre woodlands campus (trail system), Astronomical Observatory, Giants’ Den, Keystone Commons. Environmental Initiatives: A recycling program; a policy for purchasing Energy Star compliant products; purchase of wind derived electricity(10%), and erection of a test tower on campus to determine if the campus is suitable for windmills.


Freshman Academic Profile: 3% in top 10% of high school class, 11% in top 25% of high school class, 45% in top 50% of high school class. SAT Math middle 50% range 380-480. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 390^80. SAT Writing middle 50% range 380^70. ACT middle 50% range 15.5-18. Minimum paper TOEFL 550. Minimum computer TOEFL 213. Minimum web-based TOEFL 80.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Academic GPA, rigor of secondary school record, interview, talent/ability. Important factors considered include: standardized test scores, character/personal qualities, extracurricular activities.’ Other factors considered include: Class rank, application essay, recommendation(s), alumni/ae relation, level of applicant’s interest, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units required: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 2 science, (1 science labs), 2 social studies, 1 history, 4 academic electives, 2 years of algebra recommended. Academic units recommended: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, (1 science labs), 2 foreign language, 2 social studies, 1 history, 1 visual/ performing arts, 1 computer science, 3 academic electives, 2 years of algebra recommended.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 1,138 applied, 94% admitted, 35% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: College transcript(s), minimum college GPA of 2.0 required. Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $30. Regular application deadline 7/15. Notification on a rolling basis, beginning on or about 10/1. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $18,170. Room and board $8,950. Required fees $850. Average book expense $1,700.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, state aid form Financial aid filing deadline 5/1. Priority financial aid filing date 4/26.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 2/1.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Loans: FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS,’ Federal Perkins.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $1,450. Off-campus job opportunities are good.

Financial Aid Statistics: 90% freshmen, 89% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 94% freshmen, 91% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 90% freshmen, 89% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 88.7% freshmen, 89.1% undergrads receive any aid. 84% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $23,479.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Non-need-based: Academics, alumni affiliation, leadership.

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