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Academic Accordions: 
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Freshman Admissions
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Freshman Admissions

Name: Carlos Nazario, Associate Director of Admissions
Hometown: North Brunswick, NJ
Degrees: B.A. in Sociology & M.A. Ed in Supervision and Administration
Alma Mater: St. Peter’s University
Hobbies/Interests: My interests are coaching Little League baseball and football. Playing golf on the weekends and developing in my spiritual life. A long time fanatic of the Baltimore Orioles and Tennessee Titans (Oilers). 
Recruitment Territory: Hudson County
Contact me: 908.737.7111,
The professional atmosphere here at Kean University is welcoming and exciting to everyone who visits. Allowing students to get a glimpse of the real world within a university that has a global reach, this is what sets Kean University apart from the rest.  


Gregory Benedict

Name: Gregory Benedict Jr., Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Howell, NJ
Degree: B.A. History, M.P.A. Public Administration
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking and watching the NY Giants and Notre Dame football.
Recruitment Territory: NJ Counties: Middlesex, Atlantic, Ocean, and Burlington.
Specialties: Athletics
Contact me: 908.737.7104,
Kean University has become my second home. I have grown so much through my degree programs and experiences throughout the campus as a student, as well as a professional. I have the privilege to work on career goals of my own at the school I call home--and without the world-class education Kean provides, my story might be completely different! I love Kean University because it allows students the opportunity to grow into the professional individuals of their dreams! The connections made along the way just make the experience that much stronger and can provide students with endless possibilities!


Nigel DonaldName: Nigel Donald, Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Linden, NJ
Degree: B.A. in Economics with a Political Science Minor 
Alma Mater: Kean University 
Hobbies/Interests: Photography, traveling and watching the New England Patriots.
Recruitment Territory: Essex, Mercer, and Somerset Counties
Specialties: PASSPORT, Dream Act
Contact me: 908.737.7107,
I love Kean University because the diversity is so widespread you never feel out of place. Second, the professors - they truly care for students and go the extra mile. 


Kristen Sneerginer

Name: Alexandra Fernandez, Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ 
Degree: B.A. Comparative Cultures & Literary Studies with Spanish Minor
Alma Mater: Loyola University Maryland
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, traveling to new places and learning about different cultures, community service and social justice, watching Giants and Ravens football, listening to interesting podcasts, and following politics
Recruitment Territory: Union County, NJ
Specialties: Spanish Speaking Program
Contact me: 908.737.7101,
I love Kean because it makes high quality education accessible to many different populations. The faculty and staff are passionate about what they do and work fiercely for the success of their students. Being one of the most diverse schools in the nation, I appreciate the eclectic student body which heightens the college experience for Kean students. Education happens both inside and outside of the classroom here, even offering students a global perspective through the Wenzhou-Kean campus in China! The possibilities are boundless here!


Kristen SneerginerName: Sasha Rashid, Managing Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: Dumont, NJ
Degree: BA Communications, JD Law
Alma Mater: Ramapo College (BA), Touro College (JD)
Hobbies/Interests: Shopping, SoulCycle, enjoying live music, the beach
Recruitment Territory: Atlantic, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Sussex, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, Warren, ALL States other than NJ
Contact me: 908.737.7100,

As soon you step foot on campus, you will understand what I love most about Kean University - the beautiful, intimate campus feeling while still having all the advantages and conveniences of a New Jersey state institution. The professors and administrators are dedicated to ensuring that students have a rewarding experience at Kean, as well as leaving them prepared for life after college. An affordable world-class education is within your reach at Kean!


Kristen Sneerginer

Name: Kirsten Sneeringer, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: Gettysburg, PA 
Degree: B.A. English
Alma Mater: Mount St. Mary’s University
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, writing creative nonfiction, spending time at the beach, and crafting!
Recruitment Territory: NJ Counties: Bergen, Mercer, Morris, Passaic. All International applicants
Specialties: EOF, Upward Bound, International
Contact me: 908.737.7113,

Kean University provides students with all the tools they need to become academically and professionally successful. Faculty and staff are dedicated to student achievement and maintaining close relationships with students, giving Kean the feel of a small, private institution but with the amenities and opportunities of a large university—including excellent housing, internship & study abroad opportunities, and a diverse population. All of this, along with having the most affordable comprehensive University in New Jersey, makes for a life-changing experience! 


Name: Jennifer Kanellis, Director of Admissions
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Degree: B.A. Applied Psychology & Human Relations, M.S. School Counseling
Alma Mater: Pace University (B.A.), NYIT (M.S.)
Hobbies/Interests: I love staying active in my community, traveling to new places, and spending time with my family and friends at the shore, on the slopes and on the golf course.
Recruitment Territory: Monmouth County
Contact me: 908.737.7121,

Accordion Title: 
Transfer Admissions
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Transfer Admissions

John Van Brunt

Name: John Van Brunt, Transfer Admissions Representative
Hometown: Roxbury, NJ
Degree: B.S. Business Management and MBA in Management
Alma Mater: Monmouth University
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family and friends. Playing and watching sports. 
Recruitment Territory: All Community College Partnerships and Articulation Agreements
Transfer Applicants: Last Names A-F 
Contact me: 908.737.7134,



Christina Vazquez

Name: Christina Vazquez, Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Union, NJ
Degree: B.S. in Theatre, M.A. in Sociology/Social Justice
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Yoga, Pilates/Barre, Crossfit, reading, and volunteering with animal rescue groups.
Recruitment Territory: South Jersey
Transfer Applicants Last names: G-O
Contact me: 908.737.7110,

The faculty at Kean are inspirational. They are all practicing professionals in their career fields. Kean is a large public institution yet maintains the intimate and personal experience of a small private school. Kean students receive a world class education, with access to an abundance of internship opportunities and a preparedness for the real world.

Ashley Boseman

Name: Ashley Boseman, Admissions Representative
Hometown: Newark, NJ
Degree: B.S. Biology and M.P.A.,Public Administration
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, spending time at the beach, reading, and watching Football! (Go Steelers!)
Recruitment Territory: North Jersey

Transfer Applicants: Last Names P-Z
Contact me: 908.737.7177,

I love Kean University because it has molded me into the person I am today. I've been able to grow personally and professionally thanks to the exceptional mentoring of the wonderful Faculty and Staff here at Kean University.

Accordion Title: 
Kean Online Admissions
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Kean Online Admissions

Call today to speak with an Admissions Coach:

Phone: 908-73-READY (73239)

Kean Online Applicants and Accepted students should contact their Kean Online Transfer or Graduate Admissions Representative:

Transfer Applicants – Last Name:


Graduate Applicants – Last Name:


John Van Brunt 908.737.7134


Brittany Gerstenhaber 908.737.7132


Christina Vazquez 908.737.7110


Helen Corpuz Ramirez 908.737.7137


Ashley Boseman




Pedro Lopes 908.737.7119
Accordion Title: 
Graduate Admissions
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Graduate Admissions

All applicants seeking information on processes and required materials for admission to our graduate programs are encouraged to contact one of our counselors below. Please note that our counselors handle inquiries and admissions based on applicant last name, as indicated in the profiles below.

Name: Brittany Gerstenhaber, Graduate Admissions Counselor
Hometown: West Windsor, NJ
Degree: B.A. East Asian Studies, Political Science
Alma Mater: Bucknell University
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends
Graduate Applicants Last Names: A-J
Contact me: 908.737.7132,

I love the community feel Kean University has. You feel it the minute you step on campus – the campus is friendly, welcoming, and beautiful; the programs are world-class! Kean provides students with the tools they need to become successful professionals in their chosen field. Our State of the Art on-campus facilities and proximity and access to NYC internships mean students get extensive hands-on experience before graduation. In conjunction with the affordability offered to students, Kean is the right choice to further your education!


Name: Pedro Lopes, Graduate Admissions Counselor
Hometown: North Brunswick, NJ
Degree: BS in Sociology; Minor in Communications
Alma Mater: Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Hobbies/Interests: Coaching Soccer
Graduate Applicants Last names: M-Z
Contact me:  908.737.7119,

The welcoming campus community; friendly student body and the continuous and positive facility enhancements. Key advantages Kean offers to its students / graduates:    Kean University offers our students an affordable education. Our small class size will create an atmosphere where our students and professors will interact with each other in a personal way – you’ll know your professors. Our location with easy & quick access to New York City will ensure our students have the World (every Industry) at their fingertips.  Kean’s commitment to a World Class Education by continuously building State of-the Art Facilities will allow our students access to the newest technology and best educational spaces.  Lastly, Kean University will give you a diverse educational community; beautiful and inviting campus and an arena where you will grow into a global citizen.


Ty GainesName: Helen Corpuz Ramirez, Associate Director, Graduate Admissions
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Degree: BA, Psychology; MS, Education
Alma Mater: Fordham University and CUNY, College of Staten Island
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my family & friends preferably on a beach listening to DMB
Graduate Applicants Last Names: K-L
Contact me: 908.737.7137,

When I first stepped onto Kean University’s campus I was impressed with the beautiful architecture and the pristine landscape.  After interacting and meeting Kean’s students, administrators, and faculty I quickly realized the real beauty of Kean lies in the individuals. The academic rigor of our graduate programs coupled with the state-of-the-art facilities will prepare you to meet your professional ambitions and career aspirations.  Our faculty and administrators work hard to build relationships with industry professionals to offer internship and practicum opportunities.  Your graduate education at Kean expands beyond classroom walls.  At Kean, you will have the opportunity to impact your world and apply what you learn even before graduation.  I hope you will visit and experience Kean University first hand.  


Accordion Title: 
Kean Ocean Admissions
Accordion Body: 

Kean Ocean Admissions

Name Phone Number Email Specialty
Richard Harrell 732.255.0400 All BA and BFA majors
Tara Higgins 732.255.0356 All BS and BSN majors

A Note from the Director of Admissions

Jennifer Kanellis, Director of Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Kean. Hopefully you’ve had some time to explore our website and have started to discover some of the many advantages Kean University has to offer.

What I love most about Kean is the fact that we make a world-class education accessible, affordable, and attainable.  The value you’ll find at Kean is unparalleled. The landscape and rich history of the 160-year old, tree-lined campus is breathtaking, but the state-of-the-art facilities and world- class faculty is what keeps Kean a leader in higher education. If you haven't done so already, you have to come and check this place out!  

We encourage you to connect with your Admissions Counselor from the menu above.  Please also check our Recruitment Calendar to see when your Admissions Counselor will be visiting your area, or click here to schedule your next campus visit. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Jennifer Kanellis
Director of Admissions

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