Kimball Union Academy

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
7 Campus Center, PO Box 188
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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  • 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. . .
  • Northeastern University
    The campus, at least in 2001, was set up so you could be in either a dormitory-style building, or a more intimate farm-house settings with as few as 4 other students. The "dorms" had at. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2018 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 Founded18131910
Campus Size1300 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment340 students313 students
% Students of Color
6%
22%
% International Students
22%
20%
% Students Boarding
72%
67%
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 Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1917
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
70%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$23 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$58,200
(Inclusive of Books)
$54,950
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$36,200
(Inclusive of Books)
$30,250
Tuition international students$61,700$49,150
% Students on Financial Aid
36%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$28,635$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT45%-
Acceptance Rate
55%
55%
Director of AdmissionsLindsey Ratliff
Associate Director of AdmissionsKevin Ramos-Glew

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1917
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 Offered2115
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

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations4924
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Architecture Club, Big Sisters, Black River Band, Choate Entertainment Television, Choate Mock Trial Club, Dance Synthesis, Floor Leaders, Fun with Words and Games Club, Live Music Club, Math Team, Model UN, Political Activism, Political Science Club, Red Team / Blue Team, Relay Diversity Club, Residential Proctor, Robotics, Rock Climbing, Rocket Building/Technology, School Tour Guides, Shades-Diversity Group, Shoots and Strawberries Singing Group, STEM, Student Government, Student Newspaper, Student Organization for Alumni Relations, UCT, Volunteer Services, Women for Women at Choate, WRED (radio station), Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
American Sign Language, Classics League, Digital Film Editing, Junior Toastmasters, Mentor Club, Movie and Book Club, Pottery Activity, Rock Ensemble, The Taft Papyrus (student newspaper), Theater Activity, Winter Musical, Wood Working, Woodworking

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ping-Pong Association of Student Table-Tennis Athletes (PASTA), Strength & Conditioning Activity, Swimming, UNICEF, YMCA Personal Fitness

College Matriculation

Year: 2012 - 201610 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of New Hampshire10
Boston University9
St. Lawrence University9
University of Vermont9
Skidmore6
Connecticut College5
Elon University5
Northeastern University5
Bates College4
Syracuse University4
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: Teaching and Learning Center
  • Kimball Union Academy accreditations: NEASC
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  • Grades: 9-12, PG | 400 students 65.2 miles39 School Street, P.O. Box 8000
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    22.89-12, PG370
  • Grades: 9-12, PG | 250 students 34 miles30 School Street
    TiltonNH 03276
    (603)286-1733
    349-12, PG250
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