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  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    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. . .

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    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 Stars  
    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. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Culver AcademiesBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18941907
Campus Size1800 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment832 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1245* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1120 - 1390-
Average ACT score26*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(School Uniform)
Average Class Size14 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio6:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2618
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$7,850
(Additional costs and program fees vary. See website for details.)
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$440 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Additional costs, such as uniforms and optional instruction vary. See website for details.)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$32,500$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsSteven Pietraszek

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2618
CoursesA 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


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2816
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Drill Team, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Polo, Riding, Rugby, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations4723
ExtracurricularsClub 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: 201810 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Indiana University of Bloomington9
United States Military Academy (West Point)5
University of Colorado –5
Hobart and William Smith Colleges4
Northeastern University4
United States Naval Academy (Annapolis)4
University of Denver4
University of Southern California4
Princeton University; Boston University; Notre Dame University; Butler University; Claremont McKenna3
Link to Matriculation Data

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

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