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
Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is the fifteenth-oldest boarding school in the country.
Kimball Union's location and its proximity to Dartmouth College make it the preferred choice for students seeking an educational experience that integrates a traditional preparatory curriculum with innovative programs and cutting-edge technology.
Kimball Union balances a challenging, dynamic curriculum with excellent programs in both athletics and the arts.
Located in Meriden, New Hampshire, the Academy's 1,300-acre rural campus is two hours from Boston, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut.
Nearby bus, train, and plane terminals link the area directly with Boston, New York City, and Manchester, New Hampshire.

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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  • 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 9-12
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
% International Students
% Students Boarding
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
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $23 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Inclusive of Books)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Inclusive of Books)
Tuition international students $61,700 $47,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $28,635 $21,275
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 45 -
Acceptance Rate
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


# 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


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

  • Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is the 15th oldest boarding school in the United States and a preferred choice for students seeking a traditional preparatory education that integrates innovative academic programs and cutting-edge technology. We balance our challenging, dynamic curriculum with excellent programs in athletics and the arts. Each student has the opportunity to discover and develop their passions while preparing for college and beyond.
  • Our beautiful 1300 acre-campus is in the picturesque village of Meriden, NH, 20 minutes from Dartmouth College. Bus, train, and plane terminals link us directly with Boston, New York City, and Manchester, New Hampshire. KUA offers over 100 courses in disciplines including English, History, Mathematics, Science, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Latin, and Visual & Performing Arts (including19 Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses in every subject area). The average class size is 12 with a student-faculty ratio of 6:1. Kimball Union`s Learning Center is staffed with highly-qualified learning specialists and tutors prepared to help each student find their path to success.
  • At KUA, technology provides a launching point for innovative instruction and a transformative educational experience. That begins with SMART Boards in every classroom and the KUA 1-to-1 Laptop Program that puts a laptop in every student`s hands.
  • An extensive array of performing and visual arts is offered both within the curriculum and as extra-curricular activities in our spectacular Flickinger Arts Center. After the class day, students may participate in arts activities including pottery, dance, and theater. Students may also choose from a variety of community service offerings. Our Environmental Club, award-winning S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) team, and Economics Club attract many students. Leadership opportunities are available to every student, including school governance, mentoring, and involvement with clubs and organizations.
  • KUA`s athletic offerings include hockey, alpine, Nordic and freestyle skiing, snowboarding, basketball, cycling, mountain biking, field hockey, lacrosse, equestrian, soccer, baseball, softball, rugby, cross country, tennis, golf, and fitness training.
  • We offer in-depth social programs and foster a strong sense of community. The Upper Valley region, enhanced by neighboring Dartmouth College, provides countless opportunities to extend learning outside the traditional classroom setting on our campus and beyond.
  • Facilities include a modern dining hall and campus center, a beautiful arts center, newly- updated 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, multi-media classroom, 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.
  • Kimball Union`s mission is to "-prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow`s world by inspiring academic mastery, creativity, responsibility, and leadership." Members of our community are guided by our Honor Code, which reflects our core value and promotes honesty, compassion, and mutual respect.
  • LD types supported: Teaching and Learning Center
  • School accreditations: NEASC
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