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Milton Hershey School Facts

Why We’re Here

Because a family’s income should not determine a child’s outcome, Milton Hershey School offers a cost-free education to qualifying students. Founded over 110 years ago by Milton and Catherine Hershey, MHS continues to change lives. Our fast facts page provides an overview of our school.

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Welcome to MHS

Milton Hershey School is a top-tier private school for qualifying students in pre-K through 12th grade. It offers life-changing opportunities and experiences that other schools simply cannot. Based on the Deed of Trust left by Milton and Catherine Hershey, the school covers all costs to this day for qualifying students.

Get a snapshot of what MHS is all about. Then, go deeper.

Milton Hershey School elementary student reading book in classroom.

Explore Enrollment

Take a deeper look at the enrollment process knowing we’re here to help at every step along the way.

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Tour Campus

Navigate through our scenic campus, getting a closer look at our top-tier facilities and resources.

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Thought Leaders

MHS hires industry leaders to help our students be their greatest selves and pursue their passions.

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Who Qualifies

Milton Hershey School accepts resilient students who meet admission criteria and complete our thorough admission process satisfactorily.

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Fast Facts: MHS Basics


History of MHS - Milton Hershey and the boysFounded in 1909 by chocolate industrialist Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine, Milton Hershey School offers qualifying children an exceptional education with all costs covered. We educate children in pre-K through 12th grade.

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An aerial view of the Milton Hershey School campus located in Hershey, Pennsylvania.MHS is located in beautiful Hershey, Pennsylvania.

It is 25 minutes from Harrisburg and 90 minutes from Baltimore. It is just under two hours from Philadelphia.

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A view of Hammond Hall on the Milton Hershey School Senior Division campus.At more than 7,000 acres, the MHS campus is one of the largest in the United States.

The MHS campus is one of the most well-resourced, technologically advanced, and well-maintained educational institutions in the nation. Our facilities includes:

  • 203 buildings
  • Six swimming pools
  • Animal barns
  • A 7,000-seat stadium
  • 2,315 student computers
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Be Your Greatest Self

At MHS, each student is encouraged to be their greatest self. MHS classrooms have no walls, and students learn by doing, through programs that give them an early start on college and their careers.

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A Milton Hershey School Middle Division teacher and her students smile for a photo in her classroom.

Where Our Students Are From

We enroll students from across the United States.

  • More than 2,000 students, pre-K through 12th grade.
  • 51% female, 49% male.
  • On average, our student demographic breakout is:
    • 22% – Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties
    • 46% – Other PA Counties
    • 32% – States other than PA
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Fast Facts: MHS Academics


At Milton Hershey School, Senior Division students are in ninth- through 12th-grade.MHS consists of three divisions. Each one emphasizes the specific needs of the ages it serves.

  • Elementary Division: Pre-K through Fourth Grade
  • Middle Division: Fifth through Eighth Grade
  • Senior Division: Ninth through 12th Grade
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Teachers at Milton Hershey School provide our students with a top-notch education.MHS employs 190 caring, talented teachers committed to whole-child education.

We hire the best in their respective fields to give our students the best possible classroom experience.

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Career and Technical Education Program

Milton Hershey School Senior Division students runs a printing press in the Graphic Communications and Technologies CTE career pathway.Each MHS student graduates with at least one industry-recognized certification.

  • Students choose and focus on one of 12 career paths.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in internships/co-ops and/or apprenticeships.
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Home Life

All students are cared for in a loving, family-like environment. Education in the Judeo-Christian faith, the heritage of the school’s founders, is part of the MHS program and includes daily devotions and Sunday Chapel services.

  • 180+ student homes, each with approximately eight to 12 students, led by 450+ houseparents.
  • Seniors live together in 10 Transitional Living apartment-style buildings to prepare them for independent living after graduation. Professional TL staff provide oversight.

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Fast Facts: MHS Experience


At Milton Hershey School, students learn with the latest technology at their fingertips.MHS is committed to providing IT tools. We offer the technological education students need for future success. There are more computers than there are people at MHS!

IT points of pride include:

  • High-tech “smart” classrooms
  • Laptops for Senior Division students
  • Computers in the student homes
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  • Milton Hershey School students can participate in a wide variety of activities—including sports like basketball.MHS offers experiences that help young people pursue their passions and grow.
  • We offer sports, arts, leadership development, and so much more.
  • Everything students need to participate is provided by the school.

Beyond MHS

Beyond Milton Hershey School, students receive support and guidance to succeed after graduation.Whatever they do after graduation, MHS students lead successful lives.

  • Four out of five students generally plan to pursue some type of postsecondary education.
  • MHS students can accrue up to $95,000 in scholarships for college or career education. Strong academic performance and good citizenship are the basis.
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Included with All Costs Covered for Families

  • Tuition and housing (with 24/7 security)
  • Healthy meals and snacks
  • School and casual clothing
  • School supplies and computers
  • Medical and dental care (including glasses and medications)
  • Counseling services
  • Tutoring and personal academic assistance
  • All field trips, activities, and equipment (sports and instruments)

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Milton Hershey School elementary students in their classroom.

Institutional Growth

MHS is committed to expanding its mission. Our goal is to provide more children with this life-changing opportunity. We strive to grow enrollment to 2,300 students.

Since the announcement of the school’s Early Childhood Education Initiative, Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning, the school has opened CHS Hershey and broken ground on CHS Harrisburg. CHS plans to open more locations in Lancaster City, New Danville, and Elizabethtown in the coming years.

Review Our Strategic PlanLearn about Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning

Milton Hershey School does not discriminate in admissions or other programs and services on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religious creed or disability. Read important MHS policies on equal opportunity and diversity, equal employment opportunity, and more.