Student Life

While academic preparation is central to the Blair experience, we believe firmly in our student life curriculum and emphasize leadership, service, and the ability to live in a residential community as essential elements of a student’s preparation for college and life.

Our students find their days filled with academic, social, athletic, and community activities and an integral part of the Blair experience is learning how to enjoy the many opportunities on campus, while also managing one’s time in healthy and productive ways.  

Shortly after arriving on campus, Blair students will quickly learn the routine—meals are served in The Romano Dining Hall, School Meeting takes place on Mondays and Fridays in DuBois Theatre, and afternoons are reserved for athletic competitions and extracurricular activities. During the week, classes are supplemented by programs such as the weekly Society of Skeptics lecture, at which an engaging speaker visits campus to share his or her insight into world affairs, science, technology, media or journalism.

Throughout the year, students also enjoy a wide range of concerts, art openings and receptions, poetry readings, theatre productions and off-campus excursions to nearby New York City. On the weekends, the Blair community comes together in a more relaxed setting for barbeques, dances, intramural sporting competitions and music festivals.

News

  • International Students Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

    by Chloe Kim ’17
    Posted September 27, 2016

    Blair is a second home to students, but it will never simply be home. Amidst all the busyness of their daily lives, at times, students miss their homes. The annual Mid-Autumn Festival party, held for the past six years, provides a little piece of nostalgia for Blair’s international students.

  • Senior Reflects on Diversity & Racism at Chapel

    Posted September 26, 2016

    A prefect, accomplished debater and veteran Model UN participant, Emily Choi ’17 knew from the get-go that her September 15 Chapel would be different from her previous public speaking experiences. With a desire to “talk about something I care about,” she eloquently and frankly spoke to the Blair community on diversity and racism, two topics with which the Korean native has quite a bit of personal experience.

  • ‘From Wall Street to Cage Fighting:’ Author Rollie Peterkin ’06 Visits Skeptics

    Posted September 22, 2016

    Rollie Peterkin ’06 returned to his alma mater on September 27 to discuss his unlikely career path from Wall Street bond trader to professional cage fighter in Peru at the Society of Skeptics. Author of the 2016 memoir The Cage: Escaping the American Dream, Mr. Peterkin addressed the Blair community at 7 p.m. in Bogle Hall’s Cowan Auditorium.

About Life at Blair

To really experience Blair, you have to visit our campus, but this short film about student life at different times of the year gives some insight into what it is like to be a member of the Blair community.

From day one, our community’s warm welcome tells even the youngest students that Blair is not just their new school, but also their new family. This family, the Blair community, challenges and encourages students to maximize their potential and instills in them the tools that they will need to successfully navigate college and life beyond.”  

Ryan Pagotto, associate head of school