Kimball Union Academy

7 Campus Center, PO Box 188
Meriden, NH 03770
Tel: 603 469 2100
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.

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Kimball Union Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1813 1909
Campus Size 1300 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 340 students 295 students
% Students of Color 6% 19%
% International Students 22% 20%
% Students Boarding 70% 68%
Average SAT Score 1800 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1700 - 2000 -
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% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $23 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Not Inclusive of Fees)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Not Inclusive of Fees)
% Students on Financial Aid 36% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $23,649 $20,255
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 55% -
Acceptance Rate 58% 58%
Director of Admissions Richard Ryerson  
Associate Director of Admissions Lindsey Ratliff  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 19 16
AP 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 13
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, Swimming, Tennis


Total Extracurricular Organizations 48 24
ExtracurricularsArchitecture , Art Activity, Classical Music Ensemble, Concordians A Capella, Dance Activity , Day Student Proctor, Daycare volunteer, Economics Club, Elva's Bells- Female A Capella, Environmental Club, Equestrian, Fall Play, Fire Brigade, Gay Straight Alliance, Hilltoppers- Male A Capella, Honor Board Proctor, Instructional Golf, Instructional Skiing, International Student Proctor, Jazz Ensemble, Library Monitors, Literary Magazine, Math Team, Model U.N., Orange Key Tour Guides,

College Matriculation

Year: 2011-2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston University 8
Bates College 7
Wheaton College 7
Dartmouth College 6
Skidmore College 6
Colby College 5
Elon College 5
Providence College 5
University of California at Berkeley 5
Brown 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.
  • School accreditations: NEASC

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