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Kimball Union Academy

Kimball Union Academy is a coeducational private boarding traditional school for students in grades 9 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural


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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 plane terminals link the area directly with Boston, New York City, and Manchester, New Hampshire. Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is the 15th oldest boarding school in the United States and a preferred choice for students seeking a traditional preparatory education that integrates innovative academic programs and cutting-edge technology. We balance our challenging, dynamic curriculum with excellent programs in athletics and the arts. Each student has the opportunity to discover and develop their passions while preparing for college and beyond. Our beautiful 1300 acre-campus is in the picturesque village of Meriden, NH, 20 minutes from Dartmouth College. Bus, train, and plane terminals link us directly with Boston, New York City, and Manchester, New Hampshire. KUA offers over 100 courses in disciplines including English, History, Mathematics, Science, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Latin, and Visual & Performing Arts (including19 Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses in every subject area). The average class size is 12 with a student-faculty ratio of 6:1. Kimball Union’s Learning Center is staffed with highly-qualified learning specialists and tutors prepared to help each student find their path to success. At KUA, technology provides a launching point for innovative instruction and a transformative educational experience. That begins with SMART Boards™ in every classroom and the KUA 1-to-1 Laptop Program that puts a laptop in every student’s hands. An extensive array of performing and visual arts is offered both within the curriculum and as extra-curricular activities in our spectacular Flickinger Arts Center. After the class day, students may participate in arts activities including pottery, dance, and theater. Students may also choose from a variety of community service offerings. Our Environmental Club, award-winning S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) team, and Economics Club attract many students. Leadership opportunities are available to every student, including school governance, mentoring, and involvement with clubs and organizations. KUA’s athletic offerings include hockey, alpine, Nordic and freestyle skiing, snowboarding, basketball, cycling, mountain biking, field hockey, lacrosse, equestrian, soccer, baseball, softball, rugby, cross country, tennis, golf, and fitness training. We offer in-depth social programs and foster a strong sense of community. The Upper Valley region, enhanced by neighboring Dartmouth College, provides countless opportunities to extend learning outside the traditional classroom setting on our campus and beyond. Facilities include a modern dining hall and campus center, a beautiful arts center, newly- updated 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, multi-media classroom, 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. Kimball Union’s mission is to “…prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow’s world by inspiring academic mastery, creativity, responsibility, and leadership.” Members of our community are guided by our Honor Code, which reflects our core value and promotes honesty, compassion, and mutual respect.



Whether it means diving deeper into areas of strengths, or taking new steps to explore previously unknown subjects, the Kimball Union faculty encourages students to move beyond their comfort zones.

Within a traditional college preparatory curriculum, KUA students find small classes (averaging 11 students), superior advising, and first-class faculty who engage them in academic lessons in a way no previous educational experience has. Rich and diverse course offerings lay the groundwork for students to become intellectually curious and creative lifelong learners.

Mission Statement

Kimball Union Academy prepares students for the challenges of tomorrow’s world by inspiring academic mastery, creativity, responsibility, and leadership.





Grades Cost Term
High School $47,830 Annual

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  (603) 469-2100

Entrance Requirements

  • SSAT

Important Dates

Regular Application Deadline: January 15



Academic Calendar: Trimester

Test Scores

1660 Average score for the SAT Composite

  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 340
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 60
10 75
11 95
12 100
Ungraded 10

Kimball Union Academy's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Kimball Union Academy's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1
Average Class Size 11
Gender 55% Male / 45% Female
Dress Code Casual
Percent Boarding 66%


One of the most valuable assets of being a part of the KUA family is the opportunity to take on leadership roles- in the classroom, on the playing fields, in the theatre, in student government, or in almost any pursuit that matches a student's interest. The role leaders play on campus is crucial to promoting a healthy learning environment and mentoring their peers. In the day to day fufillment of their responsibilities our leaders find out what it truly means to lead, devloping skills that serve them well beyond their time on The Hilltop. We encourage our students to explore the many benefits of giving back to the community. You’ll find KUA students on the local fire brigade, volunteering at local soup kitchens, tutoring at the local elementary school, serving as peer tutors, helping with recycling efforts and other campus jobs, working at the annual Red Cross Blood drive, participating in Relay for Life, and much more.
  • Economics Club
  • Environmental Club/ Environmental Awareness Association
  • Fitness
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Team
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Poetry Club
  • Political Awareness Committee
  • Robotics
  • Student Government
  • Student Newspaper
  • Woodworking
  • Yearbook

Associations & Memberships

State or regional independent school association

Other school associations

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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