Culver Academies

1300 Academy Road
Culver, IN 46511
Culver Academies upholds the values of Duty, Honor, Service, and Truth in achieving its vision: to lead the world in whole-person education. We have been developing courageous leaders of honorable character, who are global citizens and lifelong scholars, since 1894.
Located on 1,800 acres along the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, Indiana, Culver offers a co-educational, residential experience beyond that of the typical boarding school for students in grades 9-12.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 835 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $61,000
  • Acceptance rate: 49%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Culver Academies ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 287 schools) for:

Category
Attribute
Offering Breadth

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Culver Academies
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12
8-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1894
1906
Campus Size
1800 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
835 students
315 students
% Students of Color
26%
25%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
100%
67%
Average SAT Score
1245
(Out of 1600)
* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)
1120 - 1410
-
Average ACT score
26
(Out of 36)
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
School Uniform
Casual
Average Class Size
14 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
26
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
87%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$540 million
$27 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$61,000
(Additional costs, such as uniforms and optional instruction vary. See website for details.)
$64,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a
$35,000
Summer Program Cost
$7,850
(Additional costs and program fees vary. See website for details.)
% Students on Financial Aid
36%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$36,100
$24,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
49%
60%
Director of Admissions
Steven Pietraszek

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
26
17
Courses
A Computer Science Principles, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese Language & Culture, AP Comparative Government & Politics, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French Language & Culture, AP German Language, AP Latin - Vergil, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics B, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP U.S. History, AP World History, Art History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
47
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
A Capella, Badminton Club, Black Student Union (BSU), Boy Scouts Troop 209, CGA Rugby Club, Chinese Culture Club, Coding Club, Culver e sports, Culver Pipe and Drums, Discussing American Topics (DAT), Diversity Club, Docent Corps (Visual Arts), Dungeons and Dragons Club, French Club, Green Life, Human Rights Council, Junior Classical League Latin Club, Knitting Club, Leadership Committee for Africa, Living History, Math Forum, Model United Nations, Nutrition and Dietetics Club of Culver, Peer Coaching, Performing Caring Collaborating (PCC), Quizbowl, Rifle Club, Robotics Club, Roll Call (Yearbook Club), Rubik's Cube Club, Shotgun Sports Club, Sin Fornteras "without borders", Speech Team, Stamp Club, Student Ambassador Organization (SAO), Table Tennis, The Last Supper, The Narrative (Introduction to the Bible), The Quill (Fine Arts Magazine), Theater Tech, Usher Corps, Vedette (Student Magazine), Video Broadcasting Team (VBT), W.R.A.P. Women’s Rights Awareness Program, Women in STEM, Writing Center, Youth Community Organization (CYCO)

College Matriculation

Year: 2022
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Indiana University of Bloomington
12
Purdue University
9
University of Pennsylvania
7
Miami University - Oxford
6
University of Southern California
5
Butler University
4
George Washington University
4
Princeton University
4
United States Naval Academy
4
University of Chicago
4

School Notes

  • Culver Military Academy, established in 1894, and Culver Girls Academy, founded in 1971, compose Culver Academies, one of the leading college preparatory boarding schools in North America. We are located in Culver, Indiana, on a beautiful 1,800-acre campus on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee. Enrollment is approximately 840 students, made up of about 57% boys and 43% girls in grades nine through 12. We admit students capable of pursuing a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum while becoming responsible citizens and leaders. Candidates are selected for their potential to meet Culver`s high academic standards and to contribute to Culver`s nationally-recognized leadership and extracurricular programs. The diverse student body includes representatives from 24 countries and 40 states. Consistent with the Culver mission of educating students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society, we believe what distinguishes Culver from other fine secondary schools is that while we offer academic training and extracurricular opportunities that are second to none, Culver is the leader in delivering practical experience and instruction in leadership for all students and emphasizing high expectations for personal responsibility and integrity. The leadership principles we teach and develop are those that apply to leaders in all walks of life.
  • Culver Academies accreditations: TABS, NAIS,AMCSUS, ISACS, NCA
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Kath Lingenfelter - Television writer and producer (Westworld, Caprica, The Leftovers, House M.D.)
    • Hal Holbrook - Oscar-Nominated Actor
    • Frank Batten - Weather Channel founder
    • George Steinbrenner - New York Yankees owner
    • Bernardo Quintana - Chairman and CEO, ICA Corporation
    • Mitchell Henderson - Head Basketball Coach, Princeton University
    • Molly Engstrom - Two-time Olympian
    • Jon Scieszka - Children's Book Author
    • Dr. Sally Hodder - HIV/AIDS researcher
    • Miles White - Chairman, Former CEO, Abbott Laboratories
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Culver Academies cost?
Culver Academies's tuition is approximately $61,000 for boarding students.
What is the acceptance rate of Culver Academies?
The acceptance rate of Culver Academies is 49%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 60%.
Who are famous alumni from Culver Academies?
Culver Academies famous alumni include: Kath Lingenfelter, Hal Holbrook, Frank Batten, George Steinbrenner, Bernardo Quintana, Mitchell Henderson, Molly Engstrom, Jon Scieszka, Dr. Sally Hodder and Miles White.
What sports does Culver Academies offer?
Culver Academies offers 30 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Diving, Drill Team, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Polo, Riding, Riflery, Rugby, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track and Wrestling. Culver Academies is ranked as one of the top boarding schools for most sports offered.
Does Culver Academies offer a summer program?
Yes, Culver Academies offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Culver Academies's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Culver Academies?
The application deadline for Culver Academies is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Class of 2016
5.00
Loyola university of chicago
There is a vast international student acceptance which allows you to learn other cultures. Is also a very good school because it teaches you the importance of manners and routines (this is because is a. . .

Class of 2015
5.00
Florida State University
One unique aspect of Culver is the requirement of a senior service project for graduation. Personally, I made the most out of this opportunity and took a trip to Morocco to give aid to the. . .

Class of 2017
5.00
Rowan University
Culver's leadership development programs make it unique among boarding schools. Students are required to enroll in leadership development classes and participate in the leadership system. For boys this takes the form of the military system. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 835 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $61,000
  • Acceptance rate: 49%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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