International Admissions


In 1850 Frederick Gunn established a school based on the belief that strength of character was the goal of education. Mr. Gunn recognized that character, the kind of person you are, is shaped not only by how students compete on the playing field, perform on stage, and conduct themselves in the dorm, but it also ought to compel students to action. A courageous abolitionist, Mr. Gunn welcomed boys and girls, students black and white, as well as international students, in defiance of social norms. The first international students came to his school from China in 1872. In the decades that followed, the school’s global reach continued to grow. Today, our continuous focus on moral character development intentionally engages all members of our school in the work of creating an inclusive and equitable living and learning ecosystem.

Our current international student population represents over 20 countries and we have alumni in 49 countries around the world. International students make up 20% of the total school body. When students first arrive, they are warmly welcomed and quickly come to think of our beautiful campus as their second home. Our students are encouraged to share their traditions, cultures and customs with the community through events such as the International Fair and themed luncheons celebrating the Chinese New Year, the Indian festival of colors known as Holi, and the Jewish traditions of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We welcome applications from all over the world and celebrate the backgrounds of each of our students.

For additional information, please contact Caralyn Dea, Director of International Recruitment & Associate Director of Admissions, at

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International Student News

2020-21 Gunn Scholars

The Frederick Gunn School is continuing its commitment to the Gunn Scholar program in the 2020-21 academic year under the leadership of Emily Gum, Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning, and School Archivist Misa Giroux. Four scholars – Josie Hahn ’21, Drew Sutherland ’21, Maggie Xiang ’21 and Karen Zhu ’21 – have been selected to pursue a yearlong research and writing project on a topic of their choice. They will present their original, primary-sourced and placed-based research at the annual Rooted Research Conference hosted by the school next spring. 

Awakening as Students of Life

On September 17, we welcomed Rabbi Andy Bachman P’19 to School Meeting (virtually) to speak with students and faculty about the meaning of Rosh Hashanah, which began last Friday evening, and Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in the Jewish faith, which begins this coming Sunday evening.

Harvard Model UN Delegation 2020

A dozen Gunnery students who were part of this year’s Model United Nations co-curricular program traveled to Boston January 30 to February 2 to participate in the 67th session of the Harvard Model United Nations.

Student Earns Six Scholastic Art Awards

Charlotte Xu '20 was honored this month at the 30th annual Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards, the largest juried student art exhibition in the state. Five of Xu’s photographs and one painting were selected by a blue ribbon panel of professional artists and university art faculty to be included in a statewide exhibition in the University of Hartford’s Silpe Gallery from January 13 through February 1.

Faculty member Paul Gonzalez with chemistry students and Professor Dame Bell Burnell at UConn in November 2019

Chemistry students Frank Fan ’23 and John Feng ’20 attended a special presentation on November 8 at The University of Connecticut, Storrs, featuring Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell of the University of Oxford, the 2019 Distinguished Katzenstein Lecturer. The students were accompanied on the field trip by faculty member Paul Gonzalez.

Outdoor Stewardship Takes Students to the White Mountains

Six students from the Outdoor Stewardship program completed a challenging, three-day field trip to Mount Washington in November. They were accompanied by Rebecca Leclerc, Director of Outdoor Programs, and Christopher Bernard, Co-Director of College Counseling, who have led Outdoor Stewardship, a co-curricular program offered during the fall term, for the past two years.


Phil Liu '19 is known among faculty and staff as an outstanding practical joker. But when it comes to preparing dinner in his dorm, he's not kidding around.