College Advising

KUA's College Advising Office educates, guides, and supports students as they go through the process of self-assessment, research, application, and college choice. We honor the diversity of achievements, interests, aspirations, and backgrounds our students represent and work vigorously to support our students’ applications to a wide variety of colleges and universities. 

College Matriculation 2017 - 2020

American University (5)
Ithaca College (3)
The American University of Paris
Babson College (7)
James Madison University
The College of Wooster (2)
Bard College
Keene State College (2)
The Ohio State University (2)
Beloit College
Kenyon College (3)
The University of Alabama
Bentley University (3)
Lafayette College (2)
The University of Findlay
Bocconi University
Lake Forest College
The University of Tampa
Boston College (5)
Lehigh University
Towson University
Boston University (7)
Lesley University (2)
Trinity College (7)
Bowdoin College
Long Island University (Brooklyn)
Tulane University of Louisiana (2)
Brandeis University (3)
Loyola Marymount University
Union College (4)
Brewton-Parker College
Loyola University Maryland
United States Air Force Academy
Brown University (2)
Lynn University (2)
United States Naval Academy (2)
Bryant University (2)
University of Arizona
Bucknell University (2)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of California (Los Angeles)
Carnegie Mellon University (5)
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
University of California (San Diego) (2)
Castleton University
McGill University (2)
University of California (Santa Barbara) (2)
Catholic University of America
Merrimack College
University of Chicago
Chapman University (3)
Middlebury College (3)
University of Colorado Boulder (2)
Claremont McKenna College
Montana State University
University of Connecticut (3)
Clark University
Mount Holyoke College
University of Denver
Coastal Carolina University
New York University (6)
University of Hartford (3)
Colby College (2)
Northeastern University (10)
University of Illinois at Chicago
Colgate University (2)
Northwestern University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (4)
College of Charleston (4)
Norwich University (5)
University of Maine
College of the Holy Cross (3)
Oberlin College (2)
University of Maryland (College Park)
Colorado College (2)
Pennsylvania State University (4)
University of Massachusetts (Amherst) (2)
Colorado State University
Pratt Institute
University of Massachusetts (Lowell)
Connecticut College (9)
Providence College (2)
University of Miami
Cornell University (3)
Purdue University (4)
University of Michigan
Curry College
Queen Mary University of London
University of New Hampshire (6)
Dartmouth College
Queen's University
University of Oregon
Denison University
Quinnipiac University (2)
University of Pennsylvania
DePaul University
Reed College
University of Puget Sound
Dickinson College (2)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2)
University of Rochester
Eckerd College (2)
Rhodes College
University of South Carolina
Elon University (4)
Roanoke College
University of Southern California
Emerson College
Roger Williams University
University of St. Andrews
Emory University
Rollins College
University of Toronto
Endicott College (8)
Rutgers University (New Brunswick)
University of Utah
Florida Gulf Coast University
Saint Anselm College (2)
University of Vermont (13)
Florida Southern College
Saint Mary's University
University of Washington (3)
Fordham University (4)
Saint Michael's College (6)
University of Wisconsin (Madison) (3)
Franklin & Marshall College
San Diego State University
Ursinus College
Furman University (2)
Santa Clara University
Utica College (2)
George Washington University (6)
Sarah Lawrence College (2)
Wake Forest University (2)
Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Visual Arts
Waseda University
Gettysburg College (2)
Skidmore College (6)
Washington University in St Louis (3)
Gordon College
Smith College
Wellesley College
Goucher College
So California Institute of Architecture
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Gustavus Adolphus College
Southern Methodist University
Wesleyan University (3)
Hamilton College (4)
St Lawrence University (11)
Wheaton College
Haverford College
Suffolk University
Whitman College
High Point University
SUNY at Binghamton
Williams College (2)
Hobart William Smith Colleges (6)
SUNY College at Plattsburgh
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Howard University
Syracuse University (4)
Yale University
Husson University
Temple University
Indiana University (Bloomington)
Texas Christian University

Interested in learning more about how we see college admissions? Read more:

Helpful Hints

List of 5 items.

  • Freshman Year

    • It is important to begin high school as strong as possible. The later you are in your high school career, the more difficult it is to improve your G.P.A. Make certain that you are doing all the work required of you in each of your classes.
    • Building relationships with teachers can be quite positive. Make the most of office hours and ask for assistance as needed.
    • Establish good study habits early.
    • Read, read, and read some more. This is perhaps the best thing you can do to improve your standardized test scores and academic performance.
    • Look for opportunities to develop non-academic skills such as leadership, creativity, responsibility, special talents, and individuality.
    • The earlier you become involved in activities, the easier it will be to achieve leadership roles in those activities.
    • The more activities you try early, the easier it will be to determine which activities hold the most interest to you.
  • Sophomore Year

    • If appropriate, challenge yourself with honors classes.
    • Take the PSAT for the first time.
    • Begin to include college campus visits as part of your family vacations or KUA long weekends and breaks.
    • Register for the June SAT Subject Tests if appropriate. See your college advisor for more details.
    • Read, read, and read some more. This is perhaps the best thing you can do to improve your standardized test scores and academic performance.
    • Look for opportunities to develop non-academic skills such as leadership, creativity, responsibility, special talents, and individuality.
    • The earlier you become involved in activities, the easier it will be to achieve leadership roles in those activities.
    • The more activities you try early, the easier it will be to determine which activities hold the most interest to you.
  • Junior Year

    • Prepare for the PSAT.
    • The October test will be used to determine the National Merit Semifinalists and Commended students.
    • Visit with college representatives at KUA.
    • Work on maintaining or improving your grades. Grades from your junior year and first trimester of senior year will be the most important.
    • Visit with college representatives at KUA.
    • Take the PSAT/NMSQT at KUA.
    • Schedule an appointment with Mr. G to review your progress.
    • Results of the PSAT are returned to students.
    • Review your scores to help identify the areas you need to concentrate on in your preparation for the SAT.
    • Begin preparation for the SAT and ACT. Use our online software, Method Test Prep.
    • Plan on taking the April ACT and the May SAT at KUA.
    • Receive your college advisor assignment. Schedule a meeting with your college advisor to begin the college selection process.
    • Register for the April ACT and the May SAT.
    • Attend the College Planning Weekend.
    • Schedule college campus visits during spring break.
    • Take the ACT at KUA.
    • Attend the college fair at Colby-Sawyer (required junior class activity).
    • Apply for Pre-College Programs over the summer.
    • Register for the June SAT Subject Tests, if appropriate.
    • Take the SAT at KUA.
    • Identify two current teachers (one English or History and one Math or Science) to write letters of recommendation.
    • Division I or II athletic recruits.
    • Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. This is required to make an “official” visit as a prospective student-athlete or to play at the Division I or II levels. Register online at
  • Pre-Senior Year Summer

    • Read, read, and read some more. This is perhaps the best thing you can do to improve your standardized test scores and academic performance.
    • Visit college websites and look through college guidebooks.
      • The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Princeton Review’s Best 378, Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, The Insiders Guide to the Colleges, and Colleges That Change Lives
      • Make college campus visits.
      • Read carefully the brochures you receive in the mail or in the admissions office.
      • Begin thinking about and creating a draft of your college essay. Use the Common Application topics as a guide.
  • Senior Year

    • Create your Common Application account at The application should be available on August 1.
    • Begin working on your applications.
    • Link your Naviance account with your Common Application account.
    • Schedule meetings with your college advisor.
    • Know what your deadlines are and plan so you can meet them.
    • Save all of your documents (essays and short answers) so you can use them for other applications.
    • Have your college advisor read your essay.
    • Early Decision and Early Action applications must be completed now. (Deadlines do vary, but many are November 1 or November 15. The University of California system application process is geared around the month of October.)
    • Keep your grades up. The first trimester of senior year is a critical marking period. Some colleges will wait to make a decision until after they see first trimester grades.
    • Register to retake the SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests. Over two-thirds of students improve the second time around.
    • KUA is a test center for the ACT in October and the SAT/SAT Subject Tests in October, November, December, and January.
    • Update/Complete your resume. This will be useful for the “activities” section of most applications as well as helping you organize your thoughts for college admission or alumni interviews.
    • Meet with the college reps from any school in which you are interested when they come to KUA.
    • Finish campus visits to your top schools. Arrange for permission for these trips with the College Advising Office. Use the designated college visit days in October.
    • Finish and submit your applications.
    • The earlier you have them completed the better.
    • Have your college advisor review your application before you submit.
    • Make sure you put your full effort into your application.
    • Complete any applications you still intend to submit.
    • Apply for your FAFSA PIN # at (if you are planning to apply for need-based financial aid).
    • Submit any last applications.
    • Complete your FAFSA online at You may also need to complete the CSS/Profile (if you are planning to apply for need-based financial aid).
    • You can file the FAFSA and CSS/Profile before you file your tax forms with the IRS. It is possible to use estimated data, although actual data are better. Some colleges may contact you for an alumni interview.
    • Respond quickly to any requests for additional information from college admissions and financial aid offices.
    • Be patient and wait. Admissions offices are very busy and they are doing their best to give your application every possible consideration. This can be a stressful time, so make sure you talk things through…with your friends, your parents, your advisor, or your college advisor.
    • Finish strong in your classes. Your college will see your final grades. All offers of admission are contingent upon you successfully completing your final trimester. This means performing at the same level you did throughout high school.
    • Review all your acceptances and financial aid awards.
    • Meet with your college advisor to discuss your college options.
    • If you have any doubts about your decision, visit the colleges you have been accepted to: stay overnight, sit in on a class, talk to students and professors, and get a feel for the campus.
    • By May 1, notify all colleges who accepted you that you will or will not be enrolling.
    • Your enrollment deposit must be paid by May 1 to the college you plan to attend. You may only deposit at one school.
    • May 1 is the deposit deadline for most colleges.
    • Inform your college advisor of your college choice so your final official transcript is sent to the correct school.

Meet the College Advisors

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Gunnar Olson

    Gunnar Olson 

    Director of College Advising
    603 469-2175
  • Photo of Derek Gueldenzoph

    Derek Gueldenzoph 

    Senior Associate Director of College Advising
  • Photo of John Kluge

    John Kluge 

    English Teacher, College Advisor
  • Photo of Heather  Vogel

    Heather  Vogel 

    College Advising Office Manager and Advancement Assistant
    603 469-2170

Resources for Colleges

Colleges looking to visit KUA in Fall 2020:

  • We will use Zoom as the virtual visit platform. 
  • Visits will last 25-30 minutes in length. 
  • We will give admission representatives screen sharing rights. 
  • Unless requested ahead of time, all visits will be recorded and available to students through the password-protected KUA portal. 
  • KUA will supply the names, year, and KUA email addresses of students in attendance. 
  • If you are unable to find a time and/or date that works, please contact the College Advising Office so we can make other arrangements. 
Here is the link to schedule a visit through SCOIR: 


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Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is one of the country's oldest private boarding high schools. KUA blends the best of the New England boarding tradition with an innovative, modern educational program for a diverse and global group of day and boarding students. Located in Meriden, New Hampshire, in the heart of the Upper Valley, Kimball Union is minutes from Dartmouth College and has direct access to Boston and New York.