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Congratulations on your acceptance to Cushing Academy!

This page is intended to guide admitted students through the enrollment process and to answer frequently asked questions. It has been our pleasure to come to know you and we look forward to seeing you this fall! We will be adding important information and links to this page, so please be sure to bookmark it and check back often.

Some Important Questions You May Be Asking

What do I need to do before I arrive?
All new families received an e-mail with instructions for completing the Cushing enrollment forms for the 2019-2020 academic year. These forms range from insurance coverage to health records, students' roommate questionnaire, and course selections. Enrollment forms are now due. If you have not completed and submitted your materials, please do so as soon as possible. In the meantime, we are working on the new Community Handbook and will post it here as soon as it is complete. If you would like to get a head start, you may review the 2018-2019 Community Handbook in the box on the right-hand side of this page. If you are a new junior, senior, or PG, you may also wish to check out our College Counseling Guide

When do I find out who my roommate is and where we'll live?
Over the summer, the Academic, Student Affairs, and Admissions Offices work to match you up with a great roommate based on the roommate questionnaire you filled out as part of your enrollment materials. At Registration and Orientation in September, you will receive your housing assignment and meet your roommate for the first time!

I still have questions. Where do I go for answers?
The first thing to do is to check out our FAQ page for Accepted Students.

If you have any quetions, feel free to contact:

Cushing Admissions Office


You may also contact us through the "Ask an Admissions Officer" form on this page and we will get right back to you.

Once again, congratulations!

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  • When do I arrive and is there an orientation program?

    Below are this year's arrival dates and schedules. We will have a full program to introduce you to Cushing and to familiarize you with the campus when you arrive. 
    Aug. 27 - Preseason Registration (by invitation) 

    Aug. 29 - New International Student Registration
    Aug. 31 - New (& Returning) Student Registration
  • Is there a summer reading requirement?

    Yes! The Common Read is something that connects us as Penguins, no matter where we happen to be in the world during the summer. This year, students and faculty members will be reading Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms by Hannah Fry. We will return in the fall with new stories to share and more to learn about each other. Students will also complete a writing assignment through their advisory group.

    For additional information, click here.
  • What type of computer do I need?

    Laptops are required for all students. You may bring a model of your own choosing, but the Technology Office recommends the Apple MacBook Pro 13" laptop. For more information on this model and software requirements, please click here.
  • When will I meet my advisor?

    You and your parents will meet your advisor during Orientation in the fall. An advisor is a great support during your time at the Academy. They are a great place to start for any questions or concerns.
  • When do I find out who my roommate is and where we'll live?

    The Admissions Office and Student Life Office work together to match you with a roommate based on your roommate questionnaire. At Registration and Orientation, you will receive your housing assignment and meet your roommate for the first time!
  • What should I bring with me to Cushing?

    We have compiled a list of suggested items to bring with you, as well as the items we ask you to please leave at home. Please click here to check it out.
  • Does Cushing have a dress code?

    We do. 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.
  • What is my mailing address at Cushing?

    Your mailing address is: <your name>, Cushing Academy, 39 School Street, Ashburnham, MA 01430. Cushing has a central mail room in the Student Center where you will receive all packages and mail. Please be sure all mail includes your full name in the address.
  • Can I ship some of my things to campus before I arrive?

    Yes! New students may 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, 2019 to:
    New Student, Fall 2019
    Cushing Academy
    39 School Street
    Ashburnham, MA 01430
  • Which is the nearest airport?

    Cushing recommends looking into flights at Boston Logan International Airport or Manchester Regional Airport. Both airports will allow for a smooth commute to Cushing Academy's campus. For directions and local accommodations, please click here
  • I have more questions!

    We're here to help!
    Please contact us via e-mail at admissions@cushing.org or call 978-827-7300. 
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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.