Blair at a Glance

One of the preeminent boarding schools in the United States, Blair Academy provides students with a superior college preparatory education and a rich community life.

Located in northwestern New Jersey, the private high school was founded in 1848, a few years before the United States passed the Universal Education Act. Originally funded by a railroad tycoon, the school’s endowment has grown over the years, as has its enrollment, which now includes more than 450 students.


Total # of students: 458 (boarding: 360; day: 98)
# of boys: 246 (boarding: 194; day: 52) 
# of girls: 212 (boarding: 166; day: 46)
Boy/girl ratio: 1.2:1
Number of post-graduates (PGs): 6
PGs as a percentage of the senior class (136 seniors): 4%

Geographics of Students

Countries represented: 24 
% international students: 16%
U.S. states represented (including D.C. and Puerto Rico): 22


Boarding: $53,600
Day: $37,500
Tuition covers approximately 73% of the expenses for a Blair education. The remaining 27% is provided through endowment income, the Blair Fund and miscellaneous income.

Financial Aid

Total amount of financial aid awarded: $5.8 million
Total number of awards: 170 
Percent of student body receiving awards: 40%
Average award: $30,000 (boarding: $35,000; day: $25,000)
Student loan program: $66,000
Number of loan recipients: 15


Total # of faculty: 89
Live on campus: 90%
Hold advanced degrees: 62%
Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
Average class size: 11


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

School Memberships

CASE — Council for Advancement and Support of Education
NAIS — National Association of Independent Schools
NJAIS — New Jersey Association of Independent Schools


Market Value as of August 31, 2014: $88,000,000 

Blair by the Numbers