Kimball Union draws from 200 years of experience to provide a 21st century curriculum which meets students where they are academically and prepares them for achievement in college and life.
Guided by consistent and engaged leadership, KUA inspires "mastery, creativity, responsibility, and leadership" in a friendly, warm, holistic environment on its 1300-acre campus in Meriden, NH.
Our extraordinary faculty delivers academic excellence from supported learning to advanced concentrations in specific academic areas.
Kimball Union is often defined by our positive and inclusive community, which is advanced by our comprehensive Student Life program. This highlights a (purposeful) focus on leadership, character building, and ethics in the classrooms, dorms, studios, and playing fields.
Signature Programs include varsity athletics; visual and performing arts; STEM, Global, and Art Scholar programs; Capstone projects; Fire Brigade; and sustainable farming. They provide students with opportunities to take their learning beyond the classroom.
Some of the most experienced college division 1 level coaches in New England provide excellent training from skills development to the highest levels of competition while reinforcing our ideals of "the scholar-athlete" and have lead our alumni to compete professionally in the NFL, NHL, and Olympic Games.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked NH School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 338 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $70,500
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Kimball Union Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Hampshire for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
The Gosselin Learning Center
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
338 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade
Kimball Union Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
53 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
20 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Art History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Human Geography, Latin: Literature, Latin: Vergil, Physics B, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. History, World History
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Average Percentile SSAT
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Day $44800
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Lesley Nesbitt
Endowment Size
$59.9 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
38 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Camping, Community Service, Diversity Club, Dog Walking Club, Dorm Proctors, Environmental Club, Fire Brigade, Foreign Language Clubs, Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA), Habitat for Humanity, Honor Council, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Model UN, Newspaper, Outing Club (canoeing, hiking, etc), Peer Tutoring, Relay Diversity, Residential Proctor, School Tour Guides, Stem Club, Student Government, The Claw - Student Newspaper, The Penny Fellowship - Community Service, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Dance, Photography, Rock Ensemble, Theater Activity, Winter Musical Production

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Alpine Skiing (recreational), Equestrian, Fitness Training, Instructional Golf, Instructional Tennis, Pottery Activity, Recreational Skiing, Strength and Conditioning

School Notes

  • Integrated college advising system prepares students throughout their KUA career to achieve their highest potential and attend highly competitive schools.
  • Through our multi-layered learning center program, our faculty provides a range of expertise and support to students at all levels of performance.
  • Facilities include a modern campus center, a beautiful arts center, 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, 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.
  • Nestled in the intellectually vibrant Upper Valley in close proximity to Dartmouth College, Kimball Union benefits from world-class arts, entertainment, athletic, and cultural events that are staples of the community.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Ernest Everett Just - African American biologist
    • Dana Stone - Vietnam War photographer
    • Chester Bradley Jordan - Governor of New Hampshire
    • Kathryn Woodman Leighton - artist
    • Augustus Washington - African American photographer
    • Andrew Wheating - Olympian
    • F. Lee Bailey - defense attorney
    • Kasim Edebali - NFL football player
    • Steven Sotloff - journalist
    • Richard Aitson - Native American poet
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Kimball Union Academy cost?

Kimball Union Academy's tuition is approximately $70,500 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of Kimball Union Academy?

The acceptance rate of Kimball Union Academy is 40%, which is lower than the national average of 75%. Kimball Union Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in New Hampshire with low acceptance rates.

Who are famous alumni from Kimball Union Academy?

Kimball Union Academy famous alumni include: Ernest Everett Just, Dana Stone, Chester Bradley Jordan, Kathryn Woodman Leighton, Augustus Washington, Andrew Wheating, F. Lee Bailey, Kasim Edebali, Steven Sotloff and Richard Aitson.

What sports does Kimball Union Academy offer?

Kimball Union Academy offers 21 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rugby, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Track and Field. Kimball Union Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in New Hampshire for most sports offered.

What is Kimball Union Academy's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Kimball Union Academy?

The application deadline for Kimball Union Academy is Feb. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked NH School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 338 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $70,500
  • Acceptance rate: 40%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in New Hampshire is $11,629 for elementary schools and $28,408 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New Hampshire is 75% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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