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The Emma Experience

You Belong.

At the core of the Emma Willard School experience is a celebration of what makes each and every student an individual. Know who you are, love what you’re doing, and feel that you can—and will—take on the world outside our walls.
While each Emma experience is unique, our students develop lifelong bonds within our supportive and empowering community. Whether cheering each other on from the sidelines at an athletics event, working through a complex assignment together, listening and offering advice, or exploring downtown Troy on the weekends, the sisterhood formed between the smart, driven people at Emma will support you through your lifetime.

Boarding Experience

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The boarding school experience at Emma Willard School is like no other. Our top rated program continues beyond the classroom and into the dorms, where students come home to a supportive and nurturing community.

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Day Student Experience

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Day students make up 40 percent of Emma’s campus community. Day students are immersed in every aspect of the Emma Willard School experience, where friendships are forged and lifelong connections are made that educate our students far beyond the classroom.

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International Students

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From its very earliest days, the student body at Emma Willard School has included those from all over the world. International students represent approximately 25 percent of the Emma Willard School student body, and are quickly integrated into the community.

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Get Connected at Emma

One of the most exciting aspects about being a part of Emma is deciding where to get involved! Our inspiring environment will help you to feel comfortable trying something new.

Health & Wellness

We're committed to educating the whole person through proactive health and wellness programming.
 
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Clubs

Clubs and activities are organized around common pursuits, creating products like the school newspaper or literary magazine, a common purpose, interest, or area of advocacy, or providing a particular service to the school.

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Traditions

Emma Willard School’s unique, 200-year history is proudly honored through our traditions.

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Emma Dining

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Located in Kellas Hall, the Emma Dining experience is available to all community members on campus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! 

Emma Dining

Life at Emma

Class of 2025 Retreat
Opening Days
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Student Life Office

Shelley Maher

Shelley Maher

Dean of Students, Varsity Lacrosse Coach
Emily Carton

Emily Carton

Director of Student & Community Life
Mariah Sanford-White

Mariah Sanford-White

Class of 1997
Student Activities Coordinator
Kimberly Tesch

Kimberly Tesch

Administrative Assistant to Student Life