Why Kimball Union and The KUA Story Video

Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is an institution that is rooted in history, yet unbound by tradition.
This is a place where you can be you. A place where you will feel an immediate sense of belonging. Living and learning on the campus offers you the tools to discover who you want to become – as a learner and as a human being. Understanding who you are and how you learn is at the core of our unique approach to education, KUA Design. Through KUA Design, 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, and college counselors who will prepare you for productive and meaningful lives in college and beyond.
KUA’s place-based education extends our classroom into our natural surrounding environment. Our 1,200-acre campus sits in the heart of New Hampshire’s scenic Upper Valley, home to Dartmouth College, which offers rich and diverse cultural and recreational opportunities for all KUA students.
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Campus Visits

Admission visitors are welcome on campus for a socially distanced tour and interview, Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. Schedules will be adjusted in August in anticipation of student arrivals. A copy of the visitors policy and safety protocols will be provided to you 24 hours prior to your arrival. To schedule a visit to campus, please call 603-469-2100 or email

The KUA Advantage

List of 13 items.

  • The Faculty are Truly Here for You

    Your teachers aren’t just your teachers. They're your instructors, mentors, coaches, surrogate parents, and your friends. 70% of them hold advanced degrees. All are dedicated to helping you grow and succeed with a level of commitment few will have experienced at other schools. With faculty accessible throughout the day and evening, it's easy to get the academic support you want and make the invaluable personal connections that set this experience apart.
  • You Will be Challenged

    This means something different for every student, but at KUA, you will be challenged at your own level. You are not competing with anyone but yourself. We want you to be comfortable asking “why,” tackle problems head-on, and hunger for more. We also offer 20 AP courses and a wide range of honors courses.
  • You Will Get More Individual Attention

    Classes here are small compared to most schools in the country. Our average class size is 10 students and our student-faculty ratio is 6 to 1. That means you get more attention in every class, more opportunities to contribute, and more support from your teachers.
  • The Best Environment for Learning

    On a gorgeous, 1,300-acre campus between the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Green Mountains of Vermont, we enjoy the peace of a rural location near northern New England’s most vital hub of innovation. Our close connections with Dartmouth College run from our founding, through the education of key faculty members, to the academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities the College provides to our students today. 
  • Better College Advising

    KUA college advisors have firsthand experience as college admissions officers, as well as years of experience helping each student find a broad range of schools where he or she can flourish. We do not believe there is only one “right” college for you, but there are many that fit better than others. Our job is to help you find them and help you communicate to those schools why they will want you to attend. That’s why at KUA, the college advising process is about educating, guiding, and supporting students as they go through the process of self-assessment, research, application, and college choice.
  • Independence Matters

    Here, you will make choices and take responsibility for your actions - you’ll be a member of a community. That means support from faculty, advisors, and other students is there when you need it, but it also means you have a responsibility to support them and act in a manner that makes this a better place for everybody.
  • Find the Leader Inside You

    KUA is a student-led school. We work hard to empower and educate you to advocate for yourself and your peers. Our teachers know how to get out of your way, while still providing the support you need. You feel far more invested in goals and missions when you are planning the path and not just receiving orders. You will have the chance to run all-school meeting, represent your peers in our Student Senate, oversee student spaces, and create and plan activities for the whole school. Most importantly, as a student at KUA, you will be responsible for your peers and learn what to do when you see someone who needs help.
  • Improve Your Writing

    Writing Across the Curriculum, our schoolwide initiative, ensures that every student has the time, space, and support to reflect on their personal writing and improve as a communicator.
  • Discover Your Passions

    What motivates you? What do you want to get better at? Are you ready to dive in and see what you can do? At KUA, we encourage every student to explore broadly and delve deeply. In particular, our Scholar Programs encourage students with passions in those focus areas to explore these subjects via group classes and experiences both at KUA and elsewhere in the world. These programs culminate with a capstone project that synthesizes your interests and academic pursuits, and scholars graduate with a concentration similar to a college major. Want to explore another area of study or work on a specific project? Tell us what you want to learn and we’ll help you get there.
  • The Learning Center

    If you need or want help with organizational skills, fill in gaps in your educational foundation, or address newly discovered academic challenges, the experienced professional educators at the KUA Learning Center will provide whatever scaffolding you need to support your learning.
  • Learn to Manage Your Time

    You’ll learn to make choices about how you spend your time, which activities matter to you, and how to balance work and play. You’ll be better prepared for the next stages of your life, when you’ll have even more options and even more significant responsibilities.
  • Make Friends for Life

    There will be few stronger bonds in your life than the ones you make with your KUA classmates. Living, learning, laughing, playing, struggling, and supporting each other will forge deep ties that will endure the thousands of miles and decades of life that will follow.
  • Be Part of a Global and Diverse Community

    With students from 22 states and 29 countries, KUA invites you to enjoy the benefits of a tightly-knit educational community that both embraces and reaches out to the broader world. You will have opportunities to travel and study abroad, and learn from the perspectives of students from around the globe in your classes every day. 

    The vast majority of KUA students find themselves in a community significantly more diverse than their previous schools. Kimball Union actively recruits students from a wide range of geographic, racial, and socio-economic roots. This diversity of backgrounds is an essential building block for your growth as a learner and global citizen.


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.