Kimball Union Academy

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
7 Campus Center, PO Box 188
Meriden, NH 03770
Tel: 6034692100
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 340 students
  • Kimball Union draws from 200 years of experience to provide a 21st century curriculum which meets students where they are academically and prepares them for achievement in college and life.
  • Guided by consistent and engaged leadership, KUA inspires "mastery, creativity, responsibility, and leadership" in a friendly, warm, holistic environment on its 1300-acre campus in Meriden, NH.
  • Our extraordinary faculty delivers academic excellence from supported learning to advanced concentrations in specific academic areas.
  • Kimball Union is often defined by our positive and inclusive community, which is advanced by our comprehensive Student Life program. This highlights a (purposeful) focus on leadership, character building, and ethics in the classrooms, dorms, studios, and playing fields.
  • Signature Programs, including varsity athletics, visual and performing arts, STEM, Global Scholar and Art Scholar programs, Capstone projects, Fire Brigade, and sustainable farming, provide students with opportunities to take their learning beyond the classroom.
  • Some of the most experienced college division 1 level coaches in New England provide excellent training from skills development to the highest levels of competition while reinforcing our ideals of "the scholar athlete" and have lead our alumni to compete professionally in the NFL, NHL, and Olympic Games.

Upcoming Events and News:

  • 2015 Girls Varsity Soccer Recognized for Academic Excellence - 11/08/2016 - The 2015 Kimball Union Girls Varsity Soccer team has recently been awarded the Academic Award from the National Soccer Coach Association of America, which recognizes varsity teams who have an average grade point average of at least 3.25. Our 2015 GVS team`s av...more
  • Charlotte '17 Earns Gold Award - 11/08/2016 - Early last month, Charlotte `17 presented an independent research project to the community at All School Meeting in Flickinger Auditorium. She gave an informative and comprehensive presentation about Lyme Disease. Charlotte explained how the disease is transfe...more
  • Global Awareness as an Essential Skill - 11/08/2016 - During Thursday`s All School Meeting, Mr. Kardel presented to the community the first of nine competencies, which are essential skills that Kimball Union strives to instill in each of its graduates.  He outlined that each skill has a set of contributing qualit...more
  • Kip Bordelon at KUA - Black Lives Matter - 11/08/2016 - On the evening of Friday, September 3, Kip Bordelon of the Picardy Group addressed the KUA community in the Flickinger Arts Center auditorium. Inspired by a passion for American history, law, and their effects on human rights today, Mr. Bordelon`s career has b...more

Alumni Reviews
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  • Class of 2014
    5 Stars   11/29/2016
    Kenyon College
    Kimball Union Academy has a unique blend of varying interests. While many schools have social divides between different groups such as arts students and athletes KUA does not. There is a great blend between artists. . .
  • Wesleyan University
    The school balances academic, athletic, arts, theater, music, and volunteering interests for all students. Access to Dartmouth College, environmental studies, international travel and studies, agriculture, and community involvement, including participating with the local fire department. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Kimball Union Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 11-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1813 1910
Campus Size 1300 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 340 students 298 students
% Students of Color
6%
20%
% International Students
22%
20%
% Students Boarding
72%
70%
Average SAT Score 1740 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1530 - 1950 -
Average ACT score 26 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 19 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
70%
70%
Summer Program Offered No Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $23 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$58,200
(Inclusive of Books)
$51,250
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$36,200
(Inclusive of Books)
$27,800
Tuition international students $61,700 $47,400
% Students on Financial Aid
36%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $28,635 $21,275
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 45% -
Acceptance Rate
55%
56%
Director of AdmissionsLindsey Ratliff
Associate Director of AdmissionsKevin Ramos-Glew

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 19 16
CoursesAP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus (AB), AP Calculus (BC), AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP Language and Composition, AP Latin, AP Literature and Composition, AP Mandarin Chinese , AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP US History, AP World History, Multivariable Calculus

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 21 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rugby, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 49 23
ExtracurricularsArchitecture Club, Art Activity, Classical Music Ensemble, Concordians A Capella, Crew, Dance Club, Day Student Proctor, Daycare volunteer, Economics Club, Elva's Bells- Female A Capella, Environment Club, Equestrian Club, Fall Play, Fire Brigade, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Hilltoppers- Male A Capella, Instructional Golf, Instructional Skiing, International Student Club, Jazz Club, Library Monitors, Literary magazine, Math Team, Model UN, Orange Key Tour Guides,

College Matriculation

Year: 2012 - 2016 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of New Hampshire 10
Boston University 9
St. Lawrence University 9
University of Vermont 9
Skidmore 6
Connecticut College 5
Elon University 5
Northeastern University 5
Bates College 4
Syracuse University 4
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Integrated college advising system prepares students throughout their KUA career to achieve their highest potential and attend highly competitive schools.
  • Through our multi-layered learning center program, our faculty provides a range of expertise and support to students at all levels of performance.Facilities include a modern campus center, a beautiful arts center, SMART classrooms with state-of-the art technology, an environmental science center and greenhouse, athletic center and hockey arena, indoor and outdoor turf fields, fitness center, tennis courts, library, and technology labs.
  • Kimball Union`s highly qualified and dedicated faculty is committed to serving our students and families. Our faculty members get to know each individual student in the classroom, as dorm parents, coaches, and mentors. These close relationships and the individual growth our students experience during their time here are hallmarks of a Kimball Union education.
  • Nestled in the intellectually vibrant Upper Valley in close proximity to Dartmouth College, Kimball Union benefits from world-class arts, entertainment, athletic, and cultural events that are staples of the community.
  • LD types supported: Teaching and Learning Center
  • School accreditations: NEASC
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