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Academic Accordions: 
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Undergraduate Admissions
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Undergraduate Admissions

Gregory BenedictName: Gregory Benedict Jr., Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Howell, NJ
Degree: B.A. History
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking and watching the NY Giants and Notre Dame football.
Freshman Applicants from: Monmouth, Ocean, Camden, Mercer, Burlington, Somerset, NY Downstate: Orange, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam
Transfer Applicants Last names: H-K
Specialties: College of Education, College of Business & Public Management, Athletics
Contact me: 908.737.7104


Lynette DiazName: Lynette Diaz, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Hometown: Perth Amboy, NJ
Degree: B.A. Psychology, M.A. Psychology, Psychological Services
Alma Mater: Ramapo College
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling! It's the best way to open up your mind.
Freshman Applicants from: NJ: Union County; NYC: New York, Queens, Bronx
Transfer Applicants Last names: Q-S
Specialties: College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Spanish Speaking Program (SSP), Programa Español
Contact me: 908.737.7101

I love Kean University because I have been able to grow and gain so many experiences while working with students from all different walks of life and backgrounds- it has been a very enriching experience thus far, and I look forward to the future!
Kean provides students with a world-class education, excellent networking opportunities and friendly campus communities.  

Micale DortName: 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.
Freshman Applicants from: Camden, Essex, and Somerset 
Transfer Applicants Last names: N-P
Specialties: PASSPORT, Dream Act, and College of Business and Public Management
Contact me: 908-737-7107  

What I love about Kean is the diversity.  The diversity is so widespread you never feel out of place. Secondly, the professors - they truly care for students and go the extra mile. 

Ty Gaines

Name: Ty Gaines, Managing Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions
Hometown: Linden, NJ
Degree: BA, Communications, MPA, Public Administration
Alma Mater: Kean University
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, Community Service, and spending time with Family and Friends.
Transfer Applicants Last names: A-G
Contact me: 908.737.7134

What I love about Kean University is its diversity, the affordable world-class education, and the University's commitment to a student centered approach to engagement and student success. Additionally, Kean University is focused on positive growth in the areas of adding new and innovative degree programs and ensuring that students receive the a robust experience academically, as well as outside of the classroom.

Lynette Diaz

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!
Freshman Applicants from: NJ Counties: Morris, Bergen, Hudson; Pennsylvania; Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk); International applicants
Transfer Applicants Last names: T-Z
Specialties: STEM Liaison, DREAM ACT, EOF
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! 

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.
Freshman Applicants from: NJ Counties: Middlesex, Atlantic, Gloucester, Cumberland, Cape May, Salem; Staten Island, NY;
Transfer Applicants Last names: L-M
Specialties: Michael Graves College & School of Architecture, Robert Busch School of Design, College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA), China: Wenzhou
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.


The recruiter for Freshman applicants from Hudson County is Jennifer Kanellis, Director of Admissions. Please find her contact information below and to the right.

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Kean Online Admissions
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Kean Online Admissions

John Van Brunt

Name: John Van Brunt
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. Comedy. 

Phone: 908.737.4277


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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.

Lynette DiazName: 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!


Micale Dort

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.  


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Kean Ocean Admissions
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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
Recruiter for Freshman Applicants from Hudson County

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