Kimball Union Academyreview by Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. student. The learning at KUA was discussion based. The teachers were very nice, and I enjoyed them very much. Some of the relationships that I developed with my teachers, mean a lot to me and I will always remember them. As for the quality of the academics-- they could have been of better quality. Of course I learned information that will last me my lifetime, the rigor and level of difficulty of the classes could have been harder. The quality of students was ranged as well. There were kids who strived for excellence and ended up going to IVY's and there were local kids who went for an atmosphere change. Not at all for the academics. Like I said earlier, the teachers were amazing and readily available for extra-help sessions. On an average night I go 3 hours of work a night, and did roughly an hour of that since the level of difficulty of the work was easy to fake, and often didn’t require completion. Classes were fairly large 14-20.
I think this pretty much sums up the school: We have an outdoor pool that is deteriorating, and we are prevented from using the facility. A really old school that has yet to evolve with modern day changes. A school of white kids from the woodworks of New Hampshire, kids from Nigeria who recruited to play basketball that my COLLEGE ADIVSER spent all of his time worrying about. We had some really great house parents! I loved the brownies and cookies when I checked in for the night. There were some wealthy Asians-- but more or less not many kids were wealthy. The building structures were average (accept for the student center) all other buildings were well crappy.
Athletics are heavily emphasized at KUA. After being a completive male horseback rider before attending KUA, I was interested in their equestrian program that uses the local Dartmouth College horses. My adviser advised against my riding due to the fact that I would be the only boy on the Equestrian team. We were required to do 3 terms of sports all 4 years. And if you played a varsity sport in either the winter or spring- the term before your sport you could opt to take "fitness" classes. I never did take a fitness class... There were very little weekend activates and nights were very dull. There was a shuttle to the local city of Lebanon for groceries though.