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Phillips Academy Andover

Student rating 4.8/ 5 by Amherst College student
180 Main Street Andover MA 01810 United States


Phillips Academy Andoverreview by Amherst College student. The class sizes at Andover are all kept at a small size. The faculty make themselves readily available outside of class and there are designated conference periods three times a week where all teachers are required to be in their offices or classrooms for students to meet with them if they so desire. The strength of the academic programs is evenly distributed. Andover strives to prepare students for the same learning style and experience students will encounter in college. The approach to learning goes beyond memorization of material and then being tested on that material. The work load is challenging but much appreciated upon matriculating into college.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

Most dorms on campus are newly renovated, none are extremely old or uncomfortable to live in. The dining hall and student center are currently being renovated. Every weekend is full of various activities and events for students to choose from. We have had frequent notable speakers, comedians, bands and much more. Our student activities board travels to a conference that college student activities committees attend to select events for the school year. The student body is the most diverse student body representing almost every state and plenty of international countries.

Activities at the school include a wide array of sports, theatre, dance, newspaper positions, radio station positions, year book positions, other organizations that hold events and discussions throughout the week, student activities board, and much more. The community service program is extraordinary at Andover. All four years I was a part of PALS which is a program that helps seventh and eighth graders from the neighboring town of Lawrence. Andover students travel to Lawrence once a week to help these middle schoolers with their homework and high school applications. Also, once a week these students come to Andover's campus for fun activities.