Kimball Union Academy

5.00 (5 reviews)
64 Main Street
Meriden, NH 03770
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.

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  • Endicott College
    I feel like the sense of community is like no other at KUA. I graduated nearly 4 years ago, yet I am still in daily contact with at least 15-20 students from my school. It. . .
  • Emory University
    What is really unique about KUA is that the school keeps the student size relatively small; thus, you can always feel like you're at home. Everyone knows each other and every faculty knows every student's. . .
  • 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. . .
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Top 20 Rankings

Kimball Union Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 304 schools) for:

Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
Kimball UnionBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18131907
Campus Size1300 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment340 students302 students
% Students of Color
6%
25%
% International Students
28%
20%
% Students Boarding
72%
70%
Average SAT Score1250* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score26*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size11 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio6:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2018
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
70%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$51.9 million$24 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$68,700
(Inclusive of Books)
$59,140
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$43,700
(Inclusive of Books)
$33,082
Tuition international students$70,200$53,975
% Students on Financial Aid
45%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$28,635$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT45%-
Acceptance Rate
57%
57%
Director of AdmissionsLindsey Ratliff

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2018
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 Offered2116
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rugby, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations2423
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Fire Brigade, Math Team, Model UN, Relay Diversity Club, Residential Proctor, School Tour Guides, STEM, Student Government, The Claw - Student Newspaper, The Penny Fellowship - Community Service, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Activity, Digital Film Editing, Pottery Activity, Rock Ensemble, Theater Activity, Winter Musical Production, Woodworking

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Equestrian, Instructional Golf, Instructional Tennis, Recreational Skiing, Strength & Conditioning Activity, Strength Training

College Matriculation

Year: 2014 - 201910 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Vermont20
St Lawrence University15
University of New Hampshire15
Boston University13
Northeastern University12
Skidmore College12
Connecticut College10
Babson College8
Hobart William Smith Colleges8
New York University8
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: The Gosselin Learning Center
  • Kimball Union Academy accreditations: NEASC
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Ernest Everett Just - African American biologist
    • Dana Stone - Vietnam War photographer
    • Chester Bradley Jordan - Governor of New Hampshire
    • Kathryn Woodman Leighton - artist
    • Augustus Washington - African American photographer
    • Andrew Wheating - Olympian
    • F. Lee Bailey - defense attorney
    • Kasim Edebali - NFL football player
    • Steven Sotloff - journalist
    • Richard Aitson - Native American poet

Profile last updated: 04/16/2021

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