Northfield Mount Hermon - Review #6

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Northfield Mount Hermon

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School:
Sports and Activities:
Soccer, ice hockey, softball, concert choir, Select Women's Ensemble, private piano lessons, French club, affinity groups, student leadership.
College Enrolled:
George Washington University
Home Town, State:
Brattleboro, VT

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
One of the unique aspects of attending NMH is the Work Job Program. It is a true equalizer and ensures that every member of the community contributes to and appreciates the work involved in operating the school. Additionally, the freedom of expression is highly valuable. Being able to hear and see students share their perspectives (especially when there were clashes) was invaluable.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
My cousins and sister attended Northfield Mount Hermon. Visiting them and hearing about their experiences, I'd dreamed of attending the school myself. When I was admitted, I was thrilled! The four years I spent at NMH were everything I hoped for and more. Academically, I was challenged and rewarded. Socially, I was awakened and embraced. Personally, I was impacted forever. The friends I made here are the deepest I have, almost 20 years later. I am eternally grateful that I was able to spend such formative years at such an incredible institution. If you are seeking a school that is constantly striving to do better and expects the same of their community, this is a place for you.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wish I might have kept a journal more consistently. That's it!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The level of security that I felt at NMH was important. Security in ever sense: physical security, the freedom to make mistakes and learn, the ability to navigate social situations with supportive peers, the list goes on.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Take time to appreciate the campus. Enjoy all that it has to offer. There's no one thing that I could recommend because making the most of your time at NMH is about being present.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academics were rigorous at NMH. The demands on students is high and I had to work hard to be prepared for classes. The size of classes demanded that each person be ready to engage. As difficult as it was to keep up, it elevated the experience. Despite feeling pressure, it is something that ultimately was worthwhile because all the studying and conversation resulted in a deeper understanding.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I was a mid-range athlete and I appreciate that there is space for people like me at NMH. Many kids are exceptionally talented--I have a classmate who won gold at the Olympics. Others, want to try a sport for the very first time. There was a requirement that everyone play at least one interscholastic sport while I was a student.Having three levels of teams allows students to compete a a level that is just right! I really appreciate that I was able to grow as an athlete in my own way. I love that NMH had such a range of sports too. You could do traditional sports like soccer and basketball. But there were also programs that including mountain biking and canoeing.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school has a new arts facility which is incredible. I was able to use it for one year of my time. Even so, the programs are excellent. Students can develop and showcase their talents in a variety of ways.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are so many opportunities! From getting involved with the local community, to joining Model UN, to creating clubs, there is literally something for everyone.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life is great! The facilities are nice and students have the ability to decorate to fit their taste. After freshman year, being able to select your roommate and dorm is exciting! There are snack options in the dorms and all sorts of ways the experience is made more enjoyable.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The dining hall produces great food! There are lots of options and accommodations for dietary needs. It's easy to eat healthy. The rotation of food is great so you can look forward to certain staples without getting bored.There is a sense of community in the dining hall. Seeing classmates, faculty, and staff all eat together is subtle but powerful. Also, the fact that at some point, everyone works in the dining hall lends to the sense of community.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The nearby towns are a taxi ride away. It was always fun getting out into town but it's not a huge draw. The events and activities on campus, as a result, are quite fun and something to look forward to.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Living and learning with your friends? What more is there to say. It's ideal.
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Alumni Reviews Review School

Northfield Mount Hermon Alumni #1
Class of 2019
5.00 8/6/2019
NMH allows students to dive into the community and passions. The college like scheduled of four classes allowed me to seamlessly transition into college academics. Also NMH has a four hour per week work program. . .
Northfield Mount Hermon Alumni #2
Class of 2018
5.00 11/3/2018
Lehigh University
Northfield Mount Hermon School helped me become the man I am today.The best thing about NMH was its sense of community. I like to think that I knew almost everyone there, while everyone knew me. . .
Northfield Mount Hermon Alumni #3
Class of 2016
5.00 12/4/2016
University of Rochester
This school was different from a lot of other boarding schools in the area because it fostered an environment where everyone wanted everyone else to achieve. Unlike other schools where every student made sure that. . .
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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 645 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $72,647
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $48,302
  • Acceptance rate: 31%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update