Enrolled Students

Boarding Students: What to Bring

The following information is provided for your convenience. Please feel free to contact the Office of Student Affairs at 978-827-7015 or studentaffairs@cushing.org if you have any questions.


  • Blankets, linens, towels, pillow. Beds are standard twin size.
  • Under-the-bed storage boxes for clean linens, etc.


  • Cell phone (AT&T has the best coverage in Ashburnham)
  • Alarm clock
  • Hair dryer, electric shaver, etc.
  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • UL-approved, 15 amp breaker strips with multiple outlets
  • Computer 

Additional Items

  • Desk supplies
  • Bookbag or backpack
  • Small basket or case for carrying toiletries to the shower
  • Small games or deck of cards
  • Photos of family and friends, posters
  • Sewing kit
  • Specialized sports equipment as needed
  • Hangers for clothing
  • Fan
  • Umbrella
  • Small plastic drawer units
  • Extension cords
  • Personal toiletries
  • Laundry bag (Note: Cushing offers a laundry service if students choose to enroll in the program.)
  • Safe or lock box 
Cushing expects all students to dress in a neat and presentable manner and there are requirements for the regular academic day as well as for formal events. Please click here to familiarize yourself with the dress code as well as suggested items for the New England weather.

    Items to Leave at Home

    • TV/Monitor over 32"
    • Hoverboards and motorized/electric modes of transportation
    • Cloth wall, curtain or ceiling hangings
    • Coffee/tea makers, etc.
    • Hot pots/plates, popcorn poppers, toaster ovens
    • Refrigerators
    • Candles, incense, and burners
    • Matches/lighters
    • Electric blankets
    • Foam padding, including foam mattress pads
    • Stuffed furniture, including bean bag chairs
    • Large furniture
    • High-intensity lamps (especially halogen)
    • Knives, including Swiss Army
    • Pets of any kind
    • Strings of decorative lights
    • Valuables/irreplaceable items
    • Air Conditioners (A/C units)
    Students may choose to bring a small safe for securing valuables. Please note that the Office of Student Affairs will need to be able to access student safes in order to ensure the safety of all students on campus.   

    New students frequently ask where to send boxes, trunks, etc., to be stored at CA until their arrival at the beginning of the year. You are welcome to ship packages anytime after August 10 to:

    New Student, Fall 2020
    39 School Street
    Ashburnham, MA 01430
    Phone: 978-827-7000

    Cushing Academy

    39 School Street
    Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

    Cushing Academy

    Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.