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Taft Facts 2016-17


Total: 594
Boys: 298
Girls: 296
Boarding: 489
Day: 105
Lowermids (9th grade): 99
Mids (10th grade): 167
Uppermids (11th grade): 158
Seniors: 170

Geographic Distribution

32 states
43 countries

Students of Color



New Student Applications: 1,670
New Students Enrolled: 195
Percent from private schools: 35
Percent from public schools: 45
Percent from foreign countries: 20


Boarding: $56,550
Day: $41,950

Scholarship Information

Percentage on Financial Aid: 34
Total Grants: $8,800,000
Number of Grants: 200
Average Grant: $40,000


Total: 126
Male: 68
Female: 58
Average age: 44
Advanced degrees: 91

Faculty-to-student Ratio


Average Class Size


Academic Courses


Volumes in Library


Advanced Placement

Subjects: 32
353 students took a total of 838 exams
Median score: 4 (out of 5)
Seniors writing exams: 95%

Class of 2015 (156 tested)

Mean SAT I CR: 643
Mean SAT I Math: 654
Mean SAT I Writing: 648
Mean Total: 1945

General Finances

Endowment as of 6/30/16: $218,487,722
Endowment per Student:
Annual Operating Budget: $49,393,700

Average Annual Cost per Student: $84,434

Sources of Income (percent of budget)

Annual Fund gifts: 9%
Endowment: 21%
Tuition, fees, and auxiliaries: 70%

Voluntary Support

Annual Fund: $5,181,255
Capital Fund: $21,631,693

Alumni/ae of Record:


Campus Size

226 acres

College Acceptances

Over the past five years (2012 to 2016) Taft students have enrolled in 184 different colleges and universities in 30 states, the District of Columbia, and eight foreign countries. During that same period, five or more students have enrolled at the following:

Amherst College, Babson College, Bates College, Boston College, Boston University), Bowdoin College, Brown University, Bryant University, Bucknell University, Colby College, Colgate University, Colorado College, Columbia University, Connecticut College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Denison University, Duke University, Elon University, Franklin & Marshall College, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Gettysburg College, Hamilton College, Harvard University, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Johns Hopkins University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill University, Middlebury College, New York University, Northeastern University, Occidental College, Princeton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Southern Methodist University, St. Lawrence University, Stanford University, Stonehill College, Trinity College, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, University of Denver, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Richmond, University of Southern California, University of St. Andrews (Scotland), University of Vermont, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University, Wesleyan University, Williams College, Yale University

  • Headmaster - William R. MacMullen '78
  • Assistant Headmaster - Jeremy LaCasse
  • Director of Admissions - Peter A. Frew '75
  • Dean of Students - Mark Traina
  • Dean of Faculty - Edie Traina
  • Dean of Academic Affairs - Jeremy Clifford
  • Director of Community Service - Baba Frew
  • Directors of Athletics - Rob Madden '03 and Rachael Ryan
  • Directors of Residential Life -Erin Duffy
  • Director of College Counseling - Alison Almasian '87
  • Director of Marketing and Communications - Kaitlin Orfitelli
    Director of Moorhead Academic Center - Jonathan C. Willson '82
  • Director of Counseling and Community Health - Rachel Russell Jacobs, PhD
  • Medical Director - Diane Fountas, M.D.
  • Deans of Senior Class - Susan McCabe, Jack Kenerson '82
  • Deans of Upper Middle Class - Shannon Lenz Guidotti, Oscar Parente
  • Deans of Middle Class - Jon Bender, Lindsay Leal
  • Deans of Lower Middle Class - Bob Campbell '76, Caitlin Hincker
  • Director of Security - Robert Cizauskas
  • Business Manager - Gil Thornfeldt
  • Director of Development - Christopher Latham
  • Director of Annual Fund - Kelsey Kerr Pascoe
  • Director of Summer School - Tom Antonucci
  • Director of Taft Education Center - Al Reiff '80
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