Kimball Union Academy

Meriden, New Hampshire, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is the fifteenth-oldest boarding school in the country. Kimball Union's location and its proximity to Dartmouth College make it the preferred choice for students seeking an educational experience that integrates a traditional preparatory curriculum with innovative programs and cutting-edge technology. Kimball Union balances a challenging, dynamic curriculum with excellent programs in both athletics and the arts.

Located in Meriden, New Hampshire, the Academy's 1,300-acre rural campus is two hours from Boston, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut. Nearby bus, train, and plan terminals link the area directly with Boston, New York City, and Manchester, New Hampshire.

P.O. Box 188, 7 Campus Center Drive, Meriden, New Hampshire, USA 03770

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Director of Admission: Richard Ryerson
Admissions Phone:603-469-2100Fax:603-469-2041
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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  • Founded: 1813
  • Campus Size: 1300 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC, AISNE
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-12th
Girls     89 54 143
Boys     136 59 195
Total     225 113 338

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $49,500
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $29,925
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 38.00%
  • Average Awarded: $20,000

Summary: We strive to inspire our students as they begin their academic journey at Kimball Union by encouraging them to try subjects they might not have otherwise explored, and pursue familiar ones in greater depth. From the arts to the sciences, we use a wide net to capture the world’s nuances which allow our students to discover themselves and the world along the way. For instance, Laura never knew that she wanted to study biology, but after her sophomore year at Kimball Union, she fell for its fascinating and complex nature. We open doors to new possibilities by exposing our students to many different disciplines. It’s a wonderful way for them to become inspired, to really find out what they want to accomplish with their education.

Department Director: Michael Porrazzo

Average Class Size: 11

Full Time Teachers: 53

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 70.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Saturday Classes: Yes

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 19

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Center
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • Writing Center
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Senior Spring Electives
  • European History
  • Honors
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Moral Philosophy
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Physics
  • Wildlife Biology; Physics for Sustainability
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Programming
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Electronic Music
  • History of Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music Theory
  • Recording
  • Voice
  • A Capella
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Acting
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • History of Theater
  • Lighting Design
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Production
  • Publications
  • Sculpture
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio Art
  • Television Production
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Design
  • Woodworking
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
  • Outdoor Education
  • Semester/Year Off-Campus
  • Study Abroad:
  • STEM/Robotics
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • History of Environment
    Comparative Politics
    Jewelry Making

AP Courses Available:
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • Human Geography
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Music Theory
  • Physics B
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History

Department Director: Williams Joe

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 9

Average Students Per Dorm: 20

No. of Girls Dorms: 5

No. of Boys Dorms: 4

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life

Summary: Kimball Union Academy offers an open and safe community dedicated to stimulating intellectual curiosity while stewarding emotional and spiritual growth. Our Student Life Program is an integral part of a curriculum dedicated to educating the whole person. The Student Life Program is committed to discovering the most effective way to inspire strong moral character, sound judgment, and individual integrity. Through a variety of opportunities, Kimball Union students develop the necessary skills to reflect, critique and analyze in order to make a difference in the world.


  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Honor Council
  • Horseback Riding
  • International Clubs
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Pep Club
  • Photography
  • Snowboarding
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Theater
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • GSA - Gay Straight Alliance

Summary: Whether your passion is instrumental or vocal music, dance, theater, or video, ceramics or woodworking, computer supported graphic design or traditional painting, Kimball Union offers the support of faculty, facilities, and opportunities to help your work flourish. The Flickinger Arts Center supplies not only the infrastructure to support your efforts, but a community of warm, committed students and faculty that make our work together joyous and sustainable. Whether you are playing ice hockey, soccer or lacrosse at the Division I level, playing football in the New England Evergreen League, or experiencing a sport such as tennis or Nordic skiing for the first time, you will be coached by highly qualified people who are engaged and passionate about the athletics they are coaching.

Arts Department Director: Kay McCabe

Athletics Department Director: Mike Doherty

  • A Cappella Group
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Stage Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Equestrian
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Rugby
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Cycling
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Snowboarding
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: The Philosophy of Kimball Union Academy’s College Advising Office “Independence and Interdependence” In keeping with Kimball Union Academy’s objective to foster independence within a context of interdependence, the College Advising Office strives to educate, guide, support, and advise students as they go through the process of self-assessment, research, application, and college choice. We celebrate and honor the diversity of achievements, interests, aspirations, and backgrounds our students represent, and as such we work tirelessly to support our students’ applications to a wide variety of colleges and universities. Our goal is to help students find a group of colleges that meets their individual needs — academic, social, athletic or artistic. We try to help students to find colleges that best fit them, not merely those that have the highest “name recognition.” A “great school” is first and foremost a “great match.” We invite students and parents to take full advantage of the abundant resources offered by KUA’s College Advising Office, working together to identify these “great matches.” While the search is a collaborative process, ultimately it is the student who will be going to college. To that end, we expect and empower each student to be the leader in this process and to take initiative. Each student will own his or her process from start to finish.

Department Director: Derek Gueldenzoph

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Boston University 11 graduates
Connecticut College 8 graduates
Skidmore College 8 graduates
Bates College 7 graduates
Colby College 7 graduates
New York University 7 graduates
Brandeis University 6 graduates
Boston College 5 graduates
Dartmouth College 5 graduates
Northeastern University 5 graduates
University of California at Berkeley 5 graduates
Cornell University 4 graduates
Tufts University 4 graduates
Kenyon College 3 graduates
Middlebury College 3 graduates
Harvard University 2 graduates
Johns Hopkins University 2 graduates
Lehigh University 2 graduates
Princeton University 1 graduates
University of Pennsylvania 1 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading 500 600
Mathematics 490 640
Writing 490 630

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: KUA is a unique school for many reasons and in ALL seasons. Blessed with a beautiful campus environment near Dartmouth College in the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River, we have formed special partnerships with our neighbors that enhance the opportunities for study in the summer. You can join us to learn a new language, or improve on one you are presently studying, the quick and fun way through our renowned ALPs at Kimball Union Rassias Method program. Taught by staff trained by the internationally recognized program begun by Dartmouth Professor John Rassias, ALPs (Accelerated Language Programs) immerses students in a comprehensive language learning environment. Master teachers and their assistants lead students in activities, drills, songs, and stories designed to build basic language skills and cultural understanding while having fun and making many new friends from around the world. Participants range in ages from 11 to 17, and interact with native-speaking students who come to the summer program to learn English. The following languages will be taught during the ALPs at Kimball Union 2010 program: Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, and English as a Second Language. You can also come to KUA during the summer session to take part in our award winning E.E. Just Environmental Leadership Institute, with programs that train tomorrow's leaders in environmental issues like climate change and introduce students to the study of cultures and ecosystems as far away as Costa Rica and Greenland or as close as the White Mountain region of New Hampshire. Or combine your interest in learning a new language and sustainability by taking part in the ALPS Rainforest Adventure in Costa Rica, a 21 day opportunity to learn Spanish in one of the most fascinating ecosystems in the world.

Department Director: Kevin Ramos-Glew

ALPs at Kimball Union Language Program

Learn to speak French, Chinese, Spanish, or English as a Second Language (ESL), or dramatically improve your fluency in these languages, at KUA this summer. Kimball Union Academy partners with Dartmouth College’s Rassias Center to bring you the renowned Accelerated Language Programs (ALPs). Particip

Registration Deadline: N/A
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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ALPs Rainforest Adventure in Costa Rica

June 29, 2010 to July 19, 2010

Students travel to the Osa Peninsula in southwest Costa Rica, home to Corcovado National Park, cited by National Geographic as one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. Students are introduced to and come to know as friends and family many of the individuals who have taken part in t

Registration Deadline: N/A
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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