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Kimball Union Academy

Student rating 2.6/ 5 by Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. student
7 Campus Center Drive Meriden NH 03770 United States


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.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

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.