Emma Willard School

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  • Class of 2014
    5 Stars   12/27/2014
    Northeastern University
    Emma Willard is especially good at facilitating discussion based classrooms using the Harkness Method. I am finding now that I am in college classes that are all large lectures that Emma Willard's teachers were especially. . .

  • Class of 2014
    5 Stars   8/14/2014
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Emma Willard's home on Mount Ida is in itself one of a kind. The moment you step on campus, you enter a different world of gray stone walls and unbridled passion. Emma Willard's small, close-knit. . .

  • Class of 2010
    5 Stars   9/24/2013
    Dartmouth College
    One of my favorite parts about Emma Willard was the round table method of teaching. All humanities classes were taught around a round table, so that all of the students could see one another. Teachers. . .

  • Class of 2005
    5 Stars   9/24/2013
    Marymount University
    EWS is unique in that it enables the students to find what they love and pursue it as much as possible. There is no typical Emma girl and that is what makes the school so. . .

  • Class of 2000
    5 Stars   9/24/2013
    Davidson College
    Emma Willard is truly a magical place where girls develop academic interests, become more self aware and form lifelong friendships. While an girls school isn't for everyone, it truly helps girls develop into unique. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Emma Willard School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 11-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1814 1910
Campus Size 137 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 358 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1991 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1819 - 2150 -
Average ACT score 27 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 23 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $93 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$56,390 $51,250
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$34,200 $28,000
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $23,450 $21,500
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 66% -
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJamie Hicks-Furgang
Associate Director of AdmissionsLaura Parker Burgess '02

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 19 14
SportsBadminton, Ballet, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Winter Track


Total Extracurricular Organizations 41 23
ExtracurricularsActivities Council, African Aid, Agonies, Animation Club, Black and Hispanic Awareness (BHA), Campus Players, Choir, Emma Green, Emma Now- Student Run Blog, Fair Trade Store, Fellowship of Christians at Universities and Schools (FOCUS), Foreign and American Student Organization, Gargoyle - yearbook, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Habitat for Humanity, Hip Hop Club, Inner Choir, Interact Club, Junior Singing Group (JSG), Language Tutors, Mock Trial, Model UN, Orchestra, Outing Club, Peer Educators,

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • For more than 200 years, Emma Willard has been the premier school for curious, driven girls seeking “more” from their educations. Our girls—known as Emma Girls—follow in the footsteps of our founder, Madame Emma Hart Willard, who believed girls were entitled to the same quality education their brothers had, and opened her own girls’ school in 1814 at the young age of 27.
  •  Emma Willard School prides itself on being a sustained innovator in girls’ education and offers personalized programming that enables our girls to explore their personal passions hands-on—whether that means working in a biotechnology lab, getting started in journalism, building on one’s graphic artistry, investigating philanthropy, and more! Our personalized approach enables girls to expand both their minds and confidence while learning alongside likeminded girls from across the United States and world.
  •  Whether a girl is a day or boarding student, she is sure to find her place among our widely diverse student body, and will be supported by Emma’s close-knit community of faculty, staff, and advisors throughout her journey.
  •  In addition to offering a rigorous academic program designed to challenge and inspire our girls, Emma offers ample time for fun, too. Throughout the year, girls take part in our schools’ long-held traditions such as Eventide, May Day, Principal’s Playday, and the most beloved of all—the annual senior performance of Revels.
  •  Our historic campus located in Troy, New York is minutes away from our state capital in Albany and a mere three hours from major destinations in New York City, Boston, the Adirondacks, and Montreal, providing numerous opportunities for internships, weekend activities, and field trips.
  •  Although academics is top priority, on campus our girls enjoy themselves by participating on or cheering for our 12 varsity and four junior varsity athletics teams, attending dormitory teas and get-togethers with classmates, by bowling in our newly renovated bowling alley, or with one of the many games in our student center.
  •  This balanced approach of substance and fun has well-equipped our Emma Girls for life beyond our castle walls and earned them admission into colleges such as Harvard, Georgetown University, Wellesley College, the University of Norte Dame, New York University, John Hopkins University, Sarah Lawrence College, and many more.
  • School accreditations: NYSAIS
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