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Phillips Academy Andover

Student rating 4.8/ 5 by Columbia University student
180 Main Street Andover MA 01810 United States


Phillips Academy Andoverreview by Columbia University student. Coming to Andover definitely pushed me academically. Though there were only a few classes required to graduate, most students went through a typical course structure graduating having taken an AP Math, AP Science, 3rd year language. Courses have a lot of variety (especially in the English Department), and students are encouraged to explore their interests and each department definitely will accomodate needs of an advanced student either through independent research or specialized seminars. Students usually take 5 courses. The school definitely focused on seminar-esque classes the typical class size being from 7-15 students. Most days had a "conference" period which is a school wide period when faculty too are free for extra help. Faculty is extremely accessible and helpful to students. In addition, there are peer tutors but on personal experience the best help came from my friends. Work load is tough, but manageable. Likely to see people breezing through Andover and people who complain about work.

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

Everyone is so happy there! Dorms are divided into "clusters" which work like the houses in Harry Potter. Schools approach was liberal in some sense , but also restrictive (the "parietal" system - room visits). Discipline was definitely fair but anyone dealing drugs were kicked out and it's not uncommon for the odd scandal.

Extracurriculars filled up my time at Andover. There is a big community service initiative at Andover with every student made to participate in "Non Sibi" day which is essentially community service day. Alums too, participate throughout the world during the day and sometimes act as coordinators for students. Cultural sensitivity also plays a large part on campus life: MLK day was supplemented by workshops etc. Typical student usually gives around 1-2 hours a week to extracurricular activities. Balance is the way you want it, I loved the clubs so much that it sometimes intruded on my academic life.