Read more about the Steps for Freshmen F-1 Applicants here

Guide to Kean University Admission for International Students


As an international student interested in applying to Kean University, you must be aware of the admissions processes:

  • You need to apply for admission either online or by mail.
  • You must submit your academic credentials to the Central Data Processing Center at Kean University.
  • Provide all immigration documents to the Office of International Student Services.

Step 1: Application Process 

Apply online! For more information, please visit: 
         How to apply for admission

Step 2: Receive Admission Decision and Submit Immigration Documents

Once you receive the Acceptation Letter from Admission's Office, you can submit the Immigration and Financial Documents. 

As an F-1 applicant, you must submit all of the financial documents before an I-20 will be issued.

 A complete packet includes the following:

  1. Affidavit of Support
  2. Declaration of Current Student Status Form
  3. Original sponsor’s bank statement in U.S. dollars. See Certificate of Finance for more information
  4. Photocopy of passport (photo and biographical information)

The following documents must also be submitted if applicable:

Freshman applicants must send the immigration documents to: 

International Student Services
CAS-121, Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ, 07083-0411  or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Step 3: SEVIS Fee and F-1 Visa Applications for Students Abroad or Changing Status in the U.S. 

New applicants or applicants reapplying for F-1 student status need to pay for the SEVIS I-901 fee. The SEVIS fees by credit card payments can be made at www.fmjfee.com . For more information, please visit  www.fmjfee.com or contact 1 (314) 418 8833 (United States Country Code 011).

SEVIS Fee (Form I-901)

Once the SEVIS fee payment has been made, you may now proceed to the U.S. embassy and apply for an F-1 visa to travel to the United States.

Step 4: Register for Classes and Attend Orientations 

Once you come to campus, you need to stop by the International Student Services office located in CAS Room 121 to remove the student hold that has been placed on your account. Students will receive an invitation from their respective Admissions Office regarding the time and date as to when and where you can register for classes. Registrations may be done online using your KeanWise username and password.

It is mandatory for international students to attend the International Immigration Orientation before their first semester in Kean University. The Office of the International Student Services will mail an invitation along with the orientation package. Freshmen, Transfer, and Second degree students will receive information from the Center for Academic Success regarding the New Student Orientation, which you are required to attend as well. 


Additional Information

  1. Certificate of Finance
    Sponsors must submit official documentation as evidence of ability to support the international applicant.
      The required documentation includes bank statements, proof of employment and official verification of annual salary.  These must be official copies, photocopies are not acceptable.  Real Estate property value statements should not be submitted as they cannot be utilized as evidence in support of ability to finance. 
    All documents submitted must support your ability or the sponsor’s ability to pay tuition and fees.  Please refer to the website for the tuition and fees for the current year. All statements must reflect United States currency conversions.  Statements not reflecting United States currency conversions will be returned. Statements should also be no older than six months.
  1. Your admission to Kean University does not guarantee on-campus housing. You must contact the Office of Residence Life for to apply for housing. Applicants who require on-campus housing must return the housing application and the $125 housing application fee directly to the Office of Residence Life. The housing application fee must be in the form of a check or money order in United States currency and cannot be combined with the $1000 tuition deposit. For more information about on-campus housing, please visit http://www.kean.edu/~reslife/ or call 908-737-6800.
  1. Freshman International Students are required to take an ACCUPLACER Computerized placement test upon their arrival at Kean and prior to registration. This test is designed to provide your academic advisor with information about your skills in the English language and mathematics. The result of this test will be used to advise you in the selection of coursework. The Center for Academic Success “General Education Program” will send you information regarding testing dates.

Contact Us

Center for International Studies
Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue
C.I.S. -CAS 121
Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pm
Union, New Jersey 07083

cis@kean.edu |  908-737-0350
Fax: 908-737-0348