Overview

The Hill School was founded in 1851 by the Rev. Matthew Meigs as the Family Boarding School for Boys and Young Men. The School opened on May 1, 1851, enrolling 25 boys for the first year. The Family Boarding School was the first of its kind in America. According to John Chancellor’s The History of The Hill, “He [Meigs] wanted to stress that he was not founding still another academy, but a type of school quite new and rare in America. There is a tendency to think that the boys’ boarding school as we know it existed as long as there have been private schools. It has not. Most of the 12 to 15 schools generally considered the “core” group were established in the last half of the nineteenth century…Of this whole group of schools, The Hill was the first to be founded as a family boarding school
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Official information of The Hill School in 2024 | FindingSchool

A+ Boarding
A Matriculation
A Academics
A Extracurricular activities
A Community
A Reviews
A- Int. student mgmt

Boarding Grades: 9-12, PG
Co-ed
Suburban
ESL: No
Tuition: $69,740
# of Students: 544
Teacher:Student: 1:7
International Student: 22%
AP Courses: 24
Endowment: $299,632/stu.
Faculty w/ adv. degree: 66%
SAT: 1327/1600
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Matriculation

Ranking University/College Students
#1 Princeton University 1
#8 University of Pennsylvania 4
#9 Duke University 2
#9 Johns Hopkins University 2
#9 Northwestern University 2
LAC #2 Amherst College 1
#13 Dartmouth College 1
#14 Brown University 1
#17 Cornell University 1
#19 University of Notre Dame 1
LAC #4 Pomona College 1
#22 University of California: Berkeley 1
#23 Georgetown University 2
#23 University of Michigan 3
#25 Carnegie Mellon University 2
#25 University of Virginia 1
#27 University of Southern California 3
#28 New York University 3
#28 Tufts University 2
#28 University of California: Santa Barbara 1
#28 University of Florida 1
#28 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1
#28 Wake Forest University 1
LAC #6 United States Naval Academy 5
#36 Boston College 2
#38 University of California: Davis 1
LAC #8 Claremont McKenna College 1
#42 Boston University 3
#42 Tulane University 1
LAC #9 Middlebury College 1
#47 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1
#49 Northeastern University 6
#49 Villanova University 2
#55 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 3
#55 University of Miami 1
#57 Penn State University Park 5
#59 Syracuse University 1
#59 University of Maryland: College Park 1
#62 Rutgers University 1
#63 George Washington University 1
#63 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1
LAC #13 Davidson College 1
#68 Fordham University 3
#68 Indiana University Bloomington 2
#68 Southern Methodist University 2
#68 St. Lawrence University 1
#68 Texas A&M University 1
#68 University of Minnesota: Twin Cities 1
#75 Clemson University 2
#75 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1
SUNY University at Binghamton 1
LAC #17 Barnard College 1
LAC #17 Colby College 1
LAC #17 Wesleyan University 1
#89 Ursinus College 2
SUNY University at Stony Brook 1
#103 Drexel University 3
#104 University of Colorado Boulder 1
#104 University of Tennessee: Knoxville 1
LAC #22 University of Richmond 2
Arizona State University 1
#117 Rochester Institute of Technology 1
#117 University of Vermont 2
LAC #25 Bates College 1
LAC #26 Colorado College 2
#136 Catholic University of America 1
#148 San Diego State University 2
#151 University of Mississippi 1
#166 Xavier University 1
SUNY University at Albany 1
LAC #36 Oberlin College 1
LAC #38 Bucknell University 4
LAC #38 Lafayette College 2
#202 Florida Institute of Technology 1
#219 Sacred Heart University 1
LAC #46 Trinity College 4
#250 West Chester University of Pennsylvania 1
LAC #50 Connecticut College 2
American University of Paris 1
Babson College 1
College of Charleston 1
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Daytona Beach Campus 1
Ithaca College 1
McGill University 1
Mercyhurst University 1
Saint Joseph's University 1
St. John's College 1
St. John's University 1
University of Maryland: Baltimore County 1
University of Tampa 1
Western University 1
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AP Courses

(Total 24)
Art History
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
French Language and Culture
Latin
Psychology
Spanish Language and Culture
Statistics
Chinese Language and Culture
Art History
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
French Language and Culture
Latin
Psychology
Spanish Language and Culture
Statistics
Chinese Language and Culture
Computer Science A
English Language and Composition
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Studio Art: Drawing
United States History
Chemistry
Studio Art: 2-D Design
English Literature and Composition
Environmental Science
Macroeconomics
Physics C: Mechanics
Comparative Government and Politics
Computer Science Principles
Physics 1
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Sports

(Total 18)
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross Country
Fencing
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross Country
Fencing
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track and Field
Water Polo
Wrestling
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Arts

(Total 14)
Dance
Jazz
Music
Orchestra
Theater
Vocal
2D Design
3D Design
Art History
Drawing
Dance
Jazz
Music
Orchestra
Theater
Vocal
2D Design
3D Design
Art History
Drawing
Film Production
Photography
Studio Art
Woodworking
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Extracurricular Activities and Clubs

(Total 48)
Action AIDS
Archaelogy Club
Asian Cultural
BBQ Club
Chamber Ensemble
Chamber Orchestra
Chapel Committee
Chess Club
Community Service Group
Ellis Theater Guild
Action AIDS
Archaelogy Club
Asian Cultural
BBQ Club
Chamber Ensemble
Chamber Orchestra
Chapel Committee
Chess Club
Community Service Group
Ellis Theater Guild
Fine Woodworking Club
Fly Fishing Club
Food Club
French Club
Glee Club
Guitar Ensemble
Habitat for Humanity
Hill Athletic Association
Hilltone Trebles
Hilltones
Honor Council
International Culture Exchange
Jazz Ensemble
Math & Computer Club
Model United Nations
Operation Smile
PDS Teaching Assistants
Peer Counseling Group
Pep Band
RAM Radio
Reception Committee
Recycling Club
Rock Band
Sailing Club
Skateboarding Club
Ski Club
Spanish Club
Speech & Debate Club
Stock Exchange Club
Student Activites Committee
Student Government Association
Student Prefects
Tech Support Group
The Dial (yearbook)
The Hill News (newspaper)
The Record (literary journal)
Young Democrats
Young Republicans
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Basic Info

Year Founded: 1851
Campus Size: 200 acres
Boarding Rate: 77%
Religious Affiliation: No Religious Affiliation

Application Info

Deadline: 01/31
Interview: Skype, On Campus, Admission Travel to China
Pre Interview: No Requirement
School Code:
TOEFL: 8078
SSAT: 3898
ISEE: 395663

TOEFL

SSAT

Brief Reviews

(Total 45)
4.8/ 5

Detailed Reviews

(Total 2)
5.0 / 5 Overall
5.0 / 5 Academics
5.0 / 5 Campus
4.5 / 5 Student Life
5.0 / 5 Athletic&Art
4.0 / 5 Transportation

Q&A

(Total 133)
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Frequently Ask Questions about The Hill School

01.
Tell me a bit about The Hill School.
The Hill School is Co-ed private boarding school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US. It was founded 1851, and currently has about 544 students, 22.00% of whom are international students.

For more official information, please visit http://www.thehill.org.
06.
Where is The Hill School located?
The Hill School is located in the State of Pennsylvania of USA. The closest major city is Philadelphia, which is about 32 miles away from school. Most families can choose Philadelphia International Airport to travel in and out of school.
02.
Does The Hill School have rigorous academic requirements?
The Hill School is offering 24 AP courses.

In recent years, 79 of their students score 4 and 5 in AP exams.

The Hill School also have 66% of faculties whose degrees are master and above.
07.
How popular is The Hill School on FindingSchool network?
Based on FindingSchool monthly traffic data as well as onsite search record, The Hill School is among the most popular schools, within top 37 for all US schools.

Also The Hill School has been favorited by 822 users.
03.
Where do The Hill School students typically go for their colleges?
Based on the most recent matriculation data, 25% go to top 50 US universities and colleges*, 12.86% go to top 25, and about 5.71% go to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and MIT.

*Ranking is based on the 2024 US News College Ranking.
08.
How to start with an application with The Hill School?
The first stop is to carefully review the school profile on FindingSchool to learn more about The Hill School. Most of them are directly provided by the school.

Also it is highly recommended to visit The Hill School’s official site: http://www.thehill.org or call them at 610-326-1000.
04.
What is the application requirement for The Hill School?
Similar to most private schools in the US, The Hill School’s typical admission requirements include school transcript, recommendation letter, application essay, standard test (like TOEFL and SSAT), and interview (often optional, but highly recommended).
09.
Please share a few nearby schools that are close to The Hill School?
Yes, here are few: St. Andrew's School, DE, St. Mark's School and Episcopal High School.

The closest major city is Philadelphia. You can find out more schools near Philadelphia here.
05.
What is the latest tuition for The Hill School’s Co-ed student?
The total fee for The Hill School in 2024 is $69,740 , which typically includes tuition, boarding fee, student management fee and a few other fees associated with managing international students.

For more information, please contact school’s admission team at admission@thehill.org .
10.
What is the FindingSchool rating for The Hill School?
The overall rating for The Hill School is A+.

The section ratings of The Hill School are:
A for Matriculation
A for Academics
A for Extracurriculum
A for Community
A for Students and Parents reviews
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