Student Life

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What you do at Northfield Mount Hermon is up to you.

If you’re like most of our students, you’ll find that the best way to balance our intense academics is by embracing all sorts of other experiences — from joining a sports team to being in a play to running a student club to volunteering on or off campus.

It adds up to a busy schedule, but we like to take the big-picture view: It's an experience of self-discovery happening within a incredibly dynamic community.

And don't think for a second that you're going it alone. Our Partnership of 12 ensures that at least a dozen adults — advisors, teachers, coaches, dorm parents — have your back. They're your own personal support network, helping you figure out and work toward your individual goals. We take on community issues, too, in our biweekly Student Life Seminars; small-group conversations about health and wellness, diversity, and social justice, and other important topics that rise to the surface.

Your home base and social hub — for day students and boarders alike — is the dorm. And the dorms really do feel like home (comfy couches, TV lounges, outdoor spaces). They're where you’ll study, relax, and even find your advisor hanging out after dinner.

If that advisor turns out to be the cookie-baking type, then lucky you! But rest assured, the dining hall at NMH is something special. Whether it’s stir-fry Tuesday, Meatless Monday, or on-demand soft-serve ice cream, the food is always delicious and inventive. It’s a good thing the dining hall is open almost all day for grazing! (View the weekly menu here.) We want you to live a fun, healthy, productive life at NMH — check out details about our weekend activities, volunteer gigs, spiritual practice, and wellness resources.

Busy Weekends

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Gretel Schatz

I want dance students to engage their own memory and intellect.

Becca Malloy

Science isn't just talk, but it certainly helps.

Mary Hefner

I love teaching AP Bio. The kids are highly motivated.

Faculty Profiles

This past summer, I increased my awareness of my identity by reconnecting with my native country, Ethiopia.


“I don’t think I would be anywhere near the person I am today if it wasn’t for NMH. It’s enlightened me about so many different things, and I’ve met people from everywhere you can imagine.”


In my old school, I never saw myself as someone who could be a Division I player one day. Now I can.


"One of my biggest influences has been my math teacher. He built this love of math in me—specifically, the idea that math can be used to interpret the world." 


"The fact that everything is here at my fingertips has really helped me grow."


"Almost all of our classes are conversation-based, which means that you're totally engaged in classroom discussion."


"I enjoy helping my friends, and it's given me a new respect for teachers. I may even go into teaching myself one day."


"In VOTES, I learned how to prepare and present—skills I drew on in Washington."


 "This year, I'm field hockey captain. I enjoy giving advice and support."


“I like that you can start completely new things. You can reinvent yourself.”


Dance has taken this creative learner on an artistic journey. 

Xiaoxian (Lily)

 “My teachers told me to use my own voice, and they pushed me to think about what I really believed in.”


"The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard."


“The academics are extremely rigorous, but because of the way teachers present things, it’s like, ‘I have school today!’”


“The learning you can do in a study-abroad program can outweigh anything else you can do even at a school like this.” 


“NMH encouraged me to explore new things, try everything, and see what’s best for me.”


“You’ll always find a place here as long as you just be yourself.”


“There is a community here that cares about you.”

Student Profiles