Why Kimball Union

Rooted in History, Unbound by Tradition
Kimball Union Academy (KUA) is an independent boarding and day high school that offers students in grades 9 through 12 or a postgraduate year with an exceptional educational experience. We provide a global community of learners with a rigorous college-preparatory education that places individual growth and development at its core. Request Information
Founded in 1813 as one of the oldest boarding schools in the nation, KUA is rooted in history, yet unbound by tradition. Innovative in nature and forward-thinking in our approach, we stay true to our mission to inspire students for the challenges of tomorrow’s world by inspiring academic mastery, creativity, responsibility, and leadership.

Be You, Belong, Become
Your time here begins with a safe environment where you can be you. By feeling an immediate sense of belonging, you’ll be free to take educational risks, stretch yourself, and defy expectations. You’ll live and learn in an environment that helps you navigate your unique path and builds your social and emotional confidence.
Prepare for College and Beyond
Through KUA Design, our unique approach to education, we remove barriers to learning and tap into your natural strengths, all while preserving the cognitive challenges and rigor that are key to academic achievement. Along the way, you’ll be guided by our exceptional faculty, advisors, coaches, learning specialists, and college counselors who will prepare you for productive and meaningful lives in college and beyond.
Discover a Place of Possibilities
Our 1,200-acre campus is nestled in New Hampshire’s Upper Valley, a robust community of towns along the Connecticut River. This ideal educational environment offers students quiet, distraction-free study as well as access to rich cultural, intellectual, and recreational opportunities of our neighbors, including the Ivy League’s Dartmouth College. We practice place-based education, allowing our natural environment to extend our classroom for intellectual exploration in the mountains, lakes, and streams that surround us.
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Campus Visits

In order to keep our campus safe and healthy as we welcome students for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, we are not hosting on-campus visitors at this time. Beginning September 14 we will begin offering student-led virtual tours. Please contact for more information.


Kimball Union Academy

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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.