Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy takes pride in being the 15th oldest New England boarding school. KUA is the preferred choice for high school students who are interested in an independent school educational experience that offers a traditional college preparatory curriculum complemented by innovative programs and cutting-edge technology. We balance a challenging, dynamic curriculum with excellent programs in athletics and the arts. Our programs provide each student the opportunity to discover and develop their passions while preparing for college and beyond. We attract students from all over the country and all over the world, creating a truly global community and an international educational experience.
Kimball Union sits on the crest of a stunning hilltop in the middle of a 1,300 acre campus, but we also enjoy the benefits of a micropolitan area that combines the most appealing aspects of rural and urban life. Just 13 miles from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, KUA students will enjoy both the unspoiled wilderness and true country setting as well as the many cultural and intellectual advantages of a city that we are privileged to enjoy.
Known as the Upper Valley, our region encompasses the best of the two states. From beautiful historic main streets in towns like Woodstock, Vermont, to river’s edge farms in Plainfield, New Hampshire, it’s the picture postcard that New England artists like our one-time neighbor Maxfield Parish would paint. Just up the road. Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center provide the intellectual and technological inspirations for vibrant communities on both sides of the river. Nestled between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, it’s easy to see why thousands of people from all over the world visit these hills in the fall for “leaf peeping,” and in the winter to enjoy the best ski areas in New England that are only a short drive away.
Located just 2 hours from Boston, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut, nearby bus, train, and plane terminals link the area directly with Boston, New York City, and Manchester, New Hampshire.