Culver Academies - Review #17

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Culver Academies

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School:
Sports and Activities:
I played soccer my 3 years there. I was also a student sports trainer for the guys Varsity Baseball and Varsity A Hockey teams all 3 years.
College Enrolled:
North Carolina State University
Home Town, State:
Saginaw, MI

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The vast number of different academic, sports, extra curricular and club offerings are just not comparable to other schools. The instructors and faculty are truly second to none and have a true and honest want to see each and every person succeed. Culver has probably one of the largest prep school campuses in the nation with an equestrian center and indoor polo field, a wooded area with full ropes course, an air field for private planes, full lake access, among much more. Culver has a very strong leadership system for both CMA and CGA. Every upperclassman (Junior or Senior) has a specific job in that leader system and are responsible for what it all entails.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Honestly, the best decision I ever made for myself, to date, was to go to Culver. I stand by that with everything I am. Besides saying what facts are already stated about the school, words really can't describe the benefits of going there.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I don't regret anything I did while I was there. I honestly wouldn't have done anything differently. Words of advice though: get involved in something. There's way too much to offer to not be a part of something.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
What I liked most was the wordless overall benefit I received from going there.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I highly recommend Ciel for a dorm - that's just me being partial though =) Have fun and live it up. The school is there for you and you are not alone.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
In one word...Tough, Culver is a true college prep school. I had some classes there that were much harder than any college courses I took. I came from a regular public school in mid-Michigan and coming to Culver was such a transition. I was so far behind where the other students were in all of my classes, I could barely pass my courses. I wasn't used to actually having to study and do homework to pass a class. Needless to say my first semester there was a disaster. However, because the faculty there do not give up on anybody, they saw the potential in me and showed me that it wasn't "too hard." They gave me guidance and taught me better ways to study. By the time I graduated I had over a 3.0. If it wasn't for the excellent faculty there I wouldn't have made it.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Oh my...what's not to like about it? What other schools offer sports such as Fencing, Crew (rowing) and Polo (among the regular sports)? - The facilities are up to date and absolutely top of the line - Culver has a 1st class hockey program, of which a good amount of graduates play professionally - The coaches are excellent, emphasizing on educating and training in each particular sport - There is a student sports trainer program that is second to none - Culver has an intramural program as well. For anybody not involved in a sport each season they are required to be part of dorm vs dorm intramurals

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I wasn't very active in this department as I spent most of my time with sports related activities... I do know the school does have a great dance (ballet, modern) and theatre program.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Please see other the other sections.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is awesome...everybody is one big family. There really aren't words to describe it. Absolutely nothing like living in a college dorm. It's awesome.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
We had a huge dining hall, open B/L/D. Also was the "shack" where you could go for burgers and such. Every dorm had a full kitchen as well. I used that much more that I ate at the dining hall.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
What I remember most are movies on Saturdays...Freshman and Sophomores (and juniors/seniors in bad standing) are only allowed in town on the weekends whereas Juniors and Seniors in good academic standing are allowed in town on weekdays as well. Hangouts were Cafe Max, Papa's Pizza, Guido's and of course...the movie theater.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Social life was pretty good. The only time you really weren't able to socialize was when you were asleep. When I was there there were dances hosted by a different student organization every Saturday...not like prom, but like with a dj. There's always something going on. Even if you just sat in your dorm all day you'd still have a social life for the sheer fact that people would come in to your room to make sure of it!

Daily Schedule:

7:00 AM
8:00 AM
3:00 PM
Sports, clubs, etc.
7:00 PM
Designated study time till 9pm
7:00 AM
sporting events through day
1:00 AM
go to town
1:00 AM
weekly dance
1:00 AM
all day free time really...all day long
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Culver Academies Alumni #1
Class of 2016
5.00 1/16/2020
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. . .
Culver Academies Alumni #2
Class of 2015
5.00 1/13/2020
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. . .
Culver Academies Alumni #3
Class of 2017
5.00 6/29/2019
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)

  • 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