On the side of a pleasant road lined with little trees, there lies the sprawling campus of Keene State College, a liberal arts college located in, surprisingly enough, Keene, New Hampshire. It was originally founded in 1909 as a teacher’s college. It is a member of the University System of New Hampshire and of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. This institution’s motto is “Enter to learn; go forth to serve.”
As of 2017, this college has 4,300 students, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. And as most of the students do “enter to learn”, most of them “go forth” in debt, as the tuition fee is $24,604, but that’s just for the students lucky enough to have come from in-state. Out-of-state students must pay $33,350, but if someone is too poor to afford this, that’s just fine, as he can just put some of his personal information onto a sheet of paper called the F.A.S.F.A. before a deadline. This will sign the student up for most forms of financial aid, and he won’t have to pay a dime! At least, not now. At least K.S.C.’s career advisors assist its students and alumni in exploring career options, developing resumes and cover letters, conducting job and internship searches, perfecting interview skills and navigating the graduate school process.
. K.S.C. offers more than forty majors, such as American Studies, Architecture, Athletic Training, and Biology. For some of these programs students will learn about things that will help them to have a better understanding of the world that they will soon journey out into, maybe. In American Studies, a student can explore the politics, literature, and popular culture of the past. In this class they will also learn such things as how the Aztecs, the Indian race that murdered thousands every day, were nicer to women than the Spaniards who apparently came over to murder entire villages of innocent Aztecs for no apparent reason. At K.S.C. a student can get two masters degrees: An Med. (Masters of education), and an M.S. (Masters of Safety Studies)
According to the college’s web page, “The Architecture Program at Keene State College is an undergraduate, pre-professional four-year program designed to give students a solid foundation in the artistic, scientific, and technical aspects of architecture.” Keene State’s Architecture program is the only BS degree major at a public liberal arts college in New England.
K.S.C.’s Athletic Training program merges healthcare, fitness, and athletics. The trainers are part of a complete health care team that evaluate, diagnose, and even treat injures sustained by students. Athletic trainers have been recognized as a health-care profession by the American Medical Association (A.M.A.) since 1990.
The Biology Department at Keene State offers students a comprehensive understanding of life and living organisms, and the vital roles those organisms play in this world of theirs. “Our students not only learn good organizational and technical skills, but they also develop the ability to think for themselves and work independently. That’s why I get calls from labs at places like Harvard, Yale, and MIT when they’re looking for technicians. They know we have a reputation for turning out skilled, creative lab techs who can work with minimal supervision.“ says Dr. Jason Pellettieri, associate professor of biology.
And, of course, as is the case with most modern institutions, K.S.C. has an L.G.B.T.Q. organization on campus. This college heavily supports the L.G.B.T.Q. community, and, according to the K.S.C. website the campus –
- Provides a “safe haven” for L.G.B.T.Q. students
- Promote awareness and tolerance throughout the campus and the community
- Inform others about pressing issues of the L.G.B.T.Q. community
- Become involved in the fight for L.G.B.T.Q. rights
- Hold events that celebrate the L.G.B.T.Q. community
In 1994, a Missouri high school teacher by the name of Rodney Wilson believed that one month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history. This would go on to fuel what is known as “K.S.C. pride”.
Keene State College is like most modern-day colleges, what with its costly tuition fees, college debt, and L.G.B.T.Q. community. It doesn’t have a unique philosophy or anything like that, and not many of the students enjoy their experience there. If the student is a catholic that is looking for a college that he will leave having learned something, then I would strongly suggest an actual liberal arts college. But if this hypothetical student is in the market for a college that will completely rob him of every penny he owns, shove a contradictory, error filled agenda down his throat, and hardly teach him anything worth learning, then have I got a college for him!