Kimball Union Academy

About Us

Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is one of the oldest boarding school in the United States. KUA’s proximity to Dartmouth College makes it the preferred choice for students seeking an educational experience that offers a traditional preparatory curriculum with innovative programs and cutting-edge technology. We balance a challenging, dynamic curriculum with excellent programs in athletics and the arts. Our programs provide each student the opportunity to discover and develop their passions while preparing for college and beyond.

The campus covers over 1300 acres of rolling hillside in the picturesque village of Meriden just 13 miles from Dartmouth College. Located just 2 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.

KUA offers over 100 courses in disciplines including English, History, Mathematics, Science, Computer 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. Students have an opportunity to study off campus through a number of different programs.

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.

Performing and visual arts are offered both within the curriculum and as extra-curricular activities in the spectacular Flickinger Arts Center.

KUA’s athletic program complements classroom learning. Athletic offerings include hockey, alpine, Nordic and freestyle skiing, snowboarding, basketball, cycling, mountain biking, field hockey, lacrosse, equestrian, soccer, baseball, softball, rugby, cross country, and fitness training.

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 and award-winning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) team and Economic Club attract many students. Students are encouraged to participate in the many leadership opportunities available including school governance, mentoring, and involvement with clubs and organizations.

We focus on offering in-depth social programs and fostering a strong sense of community in many areas. Our greater community 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 classrooms with state-of-the art technology, an environmental science center and greenhouse, athletic center and hockey arena, fitness center, tennis courts, a new 21st century library and learning center, 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.

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.

3 Key Program Features:

  1. Brand New 21st century library and center for learning
  2. Indoor Turf Complex
  3. 1 to 1 Laptop Program and I-Pad Program for 9th and 10th graders
  • Total Enrollment : 340
  • Type : Co-Ed
  • Boarding Grades : 9-12, PG
  • Total Students : 340
  • Boarding Students : 235
  • Day Students : 105
  • ESL Offered : No
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  • Avg. Class Size : 12
  • Standard Application : Yes
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