Kean University selected as pilot for new college admissions tool
UNION, NJ — Kean University is one of 14 colleges and universities across the country participating in a pilot college admissions program that will help level the playing field for prospective students, particularly minority and first-generation students.
Through the 2022-2023 Direct Admissions Pilot conducted by Common App, the University will proactively offer admission to prospective students who create a Common App account and meet Kean’s selected criteria, even if they have not completed an application with Kean. Students who accept the offer must then apply.
The goal is to provide students, particularly those who come from underrepresented communities or are the first in their families to apply to college, with a sense of security in the college application process.
At the same time, Kean can select students who meet university admission requirements and reach them earlier in the application cycle.
“Kean University is deeply committed to supporting minority and first-generation students, and this new admissions tool allows us to offer more students the opportunity to receive a college education at Kean,” said Kean President Lamont O .Repollet, Ed. D. “Through this pilot program, we will bring the college within reach of so many deserving students.”
This year marks the third round of the pilot offered by Common App. Direct Admission allows colleges and universities to contact prospective students who have created a Common App account, regardless of whether they have completed all open applications.
In the second phase of the pilot, six participating schools offered admission to 18,000 students, and more than 800 students were accepted. The effects were strongest for Black, African American, Latinx, and first-generation students.
Kean and 13 other participating institutions will now begin reaching nearly 30,000 students.
Michael Salvatore, Ph.D., Kean’s senior vice president for administration, said the direct admission program gives the university an additional tool to “advance our mission to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education.
“At Kean, we are committed to supporting the academic hopes and dreams of all students, particularly minority and first-generation students, and we expect more students to discover how to advance at Kean through the direct admission program.” , says Salvatore said.
Marsha McCarthy, Kean University’s vice president of enrollment services, said the Common App’s Direct Admissions program is dovetailed with the Kean Tuition Promise program, which provides free college tuition for qualifying students.
“The Common App’s Direct Admissions Program coupled with the Kean Tuition Promise create a powerful combination for New Jersey’s neediest prospective students to help them envision a future with a college degree and Kean to be a debt-free option for them might,” McCarthy said.
Melissa Maiorino, director of Kean’s Office of Enrollment Services, said about 1,200 students are expected to receive an offer of direct admission. Once these students complete an application with Kean, they have the same accepted experience as any incoming Kean student.
“The goal of the program is to provide underrepresented students with greater choice of colleges and a sense of security in their application process,” Maiorino said.
Jenny Rickard, the President and CEO of Common App, said the direct admissions pilot had the potential to help many students.
“Direct Admissions is about changing the narrative of a college education from a scarcity to an opportunity by ensuring students know that college opportunities are an abundant resource — and one that’s available to them “, she said.
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Through the 2022-2023 Direct Admissions Pilot conducted by Common App, Kean University will proactively offer admission to prospective students who create a Common App account and meet Kean’s selected criteria. (Image credit: Kean University)
ABOUT KEAN UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1855, Kean University is one of the largest higher education institutions in the area with a diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in teacher education and is a center for educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving more than 16,000 students. The university’s six colleges offer more than 50 undergraduate programs, seven doctoral programs and more than 70 graduate study options leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications in a variety of academic subjects. With campuses in Union, Toms River, Jefferson and Manahawkin, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing affordable and accessible world-class education. Visit www.kean.edu.
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