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Phillips Academy Andover

Student rating 5/ 5 by Columbia University student
180 Main Street Andover MA 01810 United States


Phillips Academy Andoverreview by Columbia University student. Phillips Academy Andover provided its students with small classes, amazing, attentive teachers, and curriculum that broadened our horizons. We were worked extremely hard, but this hard work bred results - when I got to college, I found the workload to be about 50% as difficult as my classes in high school. We were taught to think for ourselves, never just to regurgitate facts, and our teachers took the time to know us through and through. There was never a moment of my high school career when I felt neglected or forgotten - the teachers all knew me, knew my learning style, and knew how to bring out the best in me. I've found that my professors at college don't live up to the professors at my high school, and I go to an Ivy. My learning skills were heightened during my high school experience, and I honestly feel like they've diminished since I've come to Columbia University.

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

I would never trade my experience at Phillips Andover Academy for anything else. The kids are all meshed together, which makes you tough. You have to learn how to get along with everyone or you won't survive. The food they serve is nutritious (though sometimes not so great tasting), plentiful, and you have to eat with your peers, there isn't another option, as there's only one place. You feel like you know everybody there. The school is full of diversity, with people of varying racial, religious, and national backgrounds, and you're all dumped into a place where you have to understand and appreciate each other. It's a safe town with a bit to do, pretty close to Boston, and there's always a good activity arranged for weekend nights. I loved Phillips Academy Andover.

Phillips Academy Andover has amazing athletics. Every student is required to do a sport each term, and the coaches are friendly, knowledgeable, and motivating. Almost everyone at Andover is fit, and the varsity levels compete at an extremely high level. There are multiple opportunities for community service, working with everyone from mentally challenged hospital patients to Habitats for Humanity. There are great abroad opportunities, an amazing music department, and enough support for student-run organizations that you can start basically any club that you want.