The Application Process

You've researched schools, made a plan, and are ready to apply. What's next?
Complete and submit the application through either the Standard Application Online (SAO) or Gateway to Prep

The applications include:
  • Biographical information
  • Student Essays
  • Parent Statement & Questions
  • School report with transcripts (current year and two previous years)
  • Current math teacher recommendation
  • Current English teacher recommendation
  • Current counselor or principal recommendation
  • Application fee

Admission decisions are made at Kimball Union Academy without regard to race, gender, creed or national origin.

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Schedule a Visit

To schedule a tour, please call our Admission Office at (603) 469-2100 or email We look forward to seeing you.

Visit Times:
  • Mondays 8:30 am – 1:45 pm
  • Tuesdays 8:30 am – 1:45 pm
  • Wednesdays 8:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Thursdays 9:30 am – 1:45 pm
  • Fridays 8:30 am – 1:45 pm
  • Saturdays 8:30 am – 10:30 am
We may have special schedules throughout the year, but we will let you know when you call. Please alert us if you are experiencing any illness or fever prior to your arrival. 

The Application Process

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  • Have you scheduled an interview?

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    Or call (603) 469-2100 to visit campus in person.
    Can you see yourself here?
  • Have you completed your testing?

    SSAT, PSAT, SAT or ACT test scores are required for all applicants. 

    KUA's SSAT code is 4390

    SSAT Tests are administered on Saturdays each month throughout the fall and winter in many locations. 

    The Character Skills Snapshot is a new part of the SSAT. Character and personal growth are an integral part of a Kimball Union education. Each student is so much more than a grade or test score. The Character Skills Snapshot gives us richer holistic information and illuminates areas where Kimball Union can help your child grow and thrive.

    Most candidates in grades 9-11 submit SSAT scores.

    Candidates taking the PSAT or SAT or ACT between September and January may submit either of those scores in place of SSAT scores.

    Kimball Union Academy is a test site on the following dates:

    Saturday, October 19, 2019
    Saturday, November 16, 2019
    Saturday, December 14, 2019
    Saturday, January 4, 2020
    Saturday, February 8, 2020
    Saturday, March 7, 2020

    The TOEFL Test (The Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for applicants whose native language is not English. Kimball Union Academy's TOEFL code is 8012.
  • International Applicants

     The Application Fee is $100.
    • The TOEFL Test (The Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for applicants whose native language is not English. Kimball Union Academy's TOEFL code is 8012.
    • The minimum TOEFL score for grade 9 is 65; grade 10 is 75; grade 11 is 85; grade 12 is 95.

    Mainland China Applicants (not including Hong Kong or Taiwan) 

    • Applications are due on January 15, 2019. 
    • Spaces available for grades 9 and 10.
    • To schedule an on-campus visit, applicants must submit an official TOEFL score.
    • The minimum TOEFL score for scheduling an on-campus visit is 90 for grades 9 and 10.
    • If the applicant's TOEFL score is below the minimum requirements then you may request to schedule a Skype interview to complete your application.
    • If the applicant has attended a school in the U.S. for at least the previous two years, please feel free to contact the admission office to see if the TOEFL score minimum for scheduling an on-campus interview can be waived.
    • We recommend that applicants, in order to develop a more comprehensive profile, submit a student file from Prestans Online Academy with their application. To learn more about Prestans Online Academy online courses and the student files that we accept as supplemental application material, please visit Prestans.
  • Admission Decisions and Enrollment

    Students whose applications are submitted prior to February 1 will receive admission decisions on March 10. After February 1, decisions and financial aid will be considered through rolling admission.

    In late March or early April, accepted students are welcomed back to campus for Admitted Students Day, KUA's revisit program.

    Students who receive a decision on March 10 are required to formally accept their offer of admission and return the signed contract and deposit to Kimball Union Academy by April 10.
  • Applying for Financial Aid

    Families who are applying for admission and requesting financial aid for September 2020 should submit their online Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) through the School and Students Service for Financial Aid (SSS) website by February 1st for a March 10th decision. 

    The SSS code number for Kimball Union is 4390.

    After February 1st, applications and financial aid will be considered on a rolling basis. If you have questions regarding financial aid after the February 1st deadline, please e-mail

    For detailed information on financial aid at Kimball Union, please visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page.


Kimball Union Academy

603-469-2000  · 603-469-2040 (fax)  ·
Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is one of the oldest private boarding high schools in New Hampshire and the country. KUA blends the best of the New England boarding tradition with an innovative, modern educational program for a diverse group of day and boarding students from across the country and around the world. 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.