Loomis Chaffee - Review #24

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Loomis Chaffee

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School:
Sports and Activities:
Soccer, golf, peer counseling
College Enrolled:
Wagner College
Home Town, State:
Laurel, NY

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The Loomis Chaffee school is absolutely remarkable. If you have the opportunity to go, you will find dedicated teachers, excellent sports programs, amazing facilities, and most importantly a diverse group of students. Aside from its beautiful campus, Loomis seems to attract a number of different students that are dedicated to their work and making the school a better environment, in the classroom and at campus functions. The classes are engaging because the teachers have a passion for their subject material and genuinely care about the success of their students.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I became very self reliant and independent and learned how to manage my time wisely. Every lesson that I learned at Loomis has helped me out and I feel motivated and driven to work hard. The best thing was having late night experiences in the dorm and socializing with my friends. The other greatest part was hanging out in the quad in the spring and going to bbq's. The dorms compete in sporting events such as dodgeball and each dorm takes on a different vibe. The library is also really nice.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wouldn't change a single thing, I had the best experiences at Loomis. It was academically challenging for me, but I loved it. I think its important to get involved and get to know your teachers and peers there.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The school accepts so many kids that bring different talents and cultural backgrounds from around the world. I think Loomis does a great job of instilling leadership and team spirit. Of course it helps that Loomis has strong athletics and beats out most of its competition.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I recommend going to Loomis- kayaking, hanging out in the lib, working in the bookstore as a workjob, living on campus (borders tend to like Loomis more than day students, although there are exceptions), take a class with CHET (watercolor), read a book in the quad, watch a soccer game, and try to get a room that has a balcony. Try our for plays, even if you have zero acting experience. Oh and try not to set off the fire alarms.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I believe that the most important and useful system (in terms of academics) is the writing techniques that Loomis teaches. Loomis has a very unique way of formatting papers and interpretive sentences, which helps students for when they reach college. I also believe that the teachers play a large role in making the learning more enjoyable. The small class sizes are also beneficial to the learning process.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Athletics are strong at Loomis, especially soccer. Loomis knows how to win.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
A great deal of talent walks through Loomis, specifically where the visual arts are concerned. The facilities at the "RAC" aid in this creative environment, and the art teachers are the best. Students are encouraged to be creative and learn from one another. Also, there are a number of different classes and extracurricular programs that involve and on learning with art.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Loomis Chaffee provides a number of different extra-curricular activities that appeal to different people with different interests. Aside from just adding the programs or organizations to your resume for college purposes, the activities help students learn more about the school and their classmates.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is absolutely incredible, it is what you make of it. I had wonderful experiences and stories that I will never forget. Living in a dorm at that age is fun and you get to make lasting friendships. People do homework together and help each other out a lot, which is hugely beneficial. The rooms are nice and the people are awesome.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The food at Loomis is better than most colleges. There are many different choices and they try to mix it up. They have a cereal section, salad bar, pizza bar (tons of choices), hot food, panini maker, ice cream- frozen yogurt, cookies, fruit, etc.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Once you leave the island of Loomis Chaffee, there is a CVS, grocery store, diners, restaurants, and some shops.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The teachers and students are friendly, but the fac-brats are annoying sometimes. Dances are fun, especially SCAM.

Daily Schedule:

8:00 AM
Creative writing
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
12:45 PM
2:00 AM
3:00 AM
4:30 AM
6:00 AM
Family Style
7:00 AM
Study Hall
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
2:00 AM
Soccer game
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Alumni Reviews Review School

Loomis Chaffee Alumni #1
Class of 2011
5.00 9/24/2020
Columbia University
Loomis required all students to participate in a sport each trimester, which was a great way to get all students both involved and engaged with the school and the other students. It was a great. . .
Loomis Chaffee Alumni #2
Class of 2011
5.00 9/24/2020
Wesleyan University
Because we have a smaller campus than most prep schools in New England, we benefit from a strong sense of community. Everyone is a familiar face and in turn, Loomis feels more like “home”. . .
Loomis Chaffee Alumni #3
Class of 2011
5.00 9/24/2020
University of Connecticut
Mandatory extra-curricular activities in each season, ranging from competitive athletics, theatre, bands, choirs, volunteer work, environmental clubs, etc appealing to a wide variety of interest.Dorms and academic buildings positioned around a main “quad” grass. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 736 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $68,420
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $52,100
  • Acceptance rate: 18%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Source: Verified school update