"We prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be."


Friends Seminary was established in 1786 through a bequest from the prominent Quaker shipping merchant, Robert Murray. 

Robert Murray

Upon his death in 1786, Murray bequeathed to the new seminary $200 to help pay for the building and set the school on a firm financial footing.  His sons, Lindley and John Murray, Jr., were on the first Board of Trustees and guided the school’s development throughout their lifetimes. 
The Murrays lived in a palatial house on what is now East 37th Street and Park Avenue, the heart of Murray Hill. Grand Central Station now sits on the site of Robert Murray’s cornfield. This legendary and generous New York family, played an important role history of Friends Seminary that is long remembered.*

*Children of Light: Friends Seminary 1786-1986
Nancy Gibbs - Friends Seminary - 1986

Make a Lasting Impact at Friends Seminary
By making a planned gift – of any size – you are strengthening the School’s mission to deliver an outstanding academic program rooted in Quaker beliefs and practices.  All planned gifts, including bequests, retirement plans and life insurance policies, charitable lead and charitable remainder trusts and appreciated securities, strengthen School’s future.
Friends has long benefited from planned gifts, large and small. 
If you have made a planned gift to Friends, you are welcome to join Friends for the Future.

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Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer.

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Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.