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Emma Willard School

Emma Willard School is an all-female private boarding traditional school for students in grades 9 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Small City


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Since 1814, Emma Willard School has been one of the nation’s leading college-preparatory boarding and day schools for young women. At Emma Willard, every possible resource is dedicated to developing in its students the values and skills that form the foundation of a life of accomplishment, leadership, and fulfillment. These include a love for the life of the mind, a commitment to service, courage and confidence, grace and creativity, and collaboration and friendship. Emma Willard School offers an outstanding boarding and day school experience to girls and young women in grades 9-12 and the post-baccalaureate year. For nearly 200 years, every aspect of an Emma Willard education has been driven by the values and vision of pioneering educator Emma Hart Willard. Her bold idea — that the world needs educated women — has empowered and inspired generations of women, preparing them for lives of accomplishment and leadership, thereby transforming the world. Known for its intellectual rigor, Emma Willard is also a leader in curriculum innovation. Our challenging program is distinguished by a wide array of electives (including the fine and performing arts), experiential and service learning opportunities, rich co-curricular activities, and programs that foster holistic, individual growth. Emma Willard students are intellectually motivated, open-minded young women who love to learn, celebrate difference, and cultivate a wide variety of interests. Many plan and pursue internships in professional, artistic, and athletic fields. More than half of our students play on interscholastic varsity and junior varsity teams, including basketball, crew, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball. In addition to an active student government and class leadership system, there are dozens of clubs and organizations reflecting the diverse interests, talents, and passions of our students. Emma Willard School is located in Troy, NY, just 7 miles east of Albany, the state capital, and 150 miles north of New York City. The area is well-known for its rich resources in government, higher education, museums and performance centers, and a burgeoning Tech Valley. Our 137-acre campus blends Gothic beauty with state-of-the-art technology and facilities. Every possible resource is dedicated to developing the amazing potential of each young woman. Our classrooms allow for the full integration of technology within every course. Recently renovated living spaces include a student center, an e-caf, and a dining hall that showcases healthful, homemade cooking with local and organic products. Professional residence faculty members reside in and manage the dorm community. Emma Willard’s close-knit community is culturally diverse, representing more than 28 states and 22 foreign countries. We are committed to making an excellent education affordable. Our endowment helps support a financial aid budget of $2.3 million, enabling us to offer generous grants to more than 40 percent of U.S. students. Further information on every aspect of life at Emma Willard is available at We encourage you to visit our campus and experience the Emma Willard Idea for yourself. Please contact us at (518) 833-1320 or [email protected]

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Grades Cost Term
High School $48,480 Annual

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  (518) 833-1302
  [email protected]

Entrance Requirements

  • SSAT and the average admitted student scores in the 66th percentile.



Test Scores

2050 25th percentile score for the SAT Composite

1720 75th percentile score for the SAT Composite

1950 Average score for the SAT Composite

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 321
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 57
10 89
11 90
12 85

Emma Willard School'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 Emma Willard School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 7 : 1
Average Class Size 13
Gender 100% Female
Dress Code Casual
Percent Boarding 62%
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 57%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 32%


  • Anime - Japanese Animation Club
  • Choir
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Jazz Band
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • Philanthropy Society
  • Political Awareness Committee
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions

Associations & Memberships

Other school associations

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS)

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