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Phillips Academy Andover

Student rating 4.6/ 5 by Dartmouth College student
180 Main Street Andover MA 01810 United States


Phillips Academy Andoverreview by Dartmouth College student. Very strong in math, sciences, humanities. Foreign language program weakest of all departments, but still quite strong in comparison to other schools. Competitive student body, but composed of generally good and decent people. I went on to the Ivy League and feel that I was very well prepared for my college education. Depending on the teacher, some classes were lecture-based and some focused on discussions. Lab science courses usually lecture based, History and humanities more discussion-based. I took classes as small as 6 people and as large as 18 students. Work load extremely heavy (1.5 hours per class, 5 classes, so feasibly 8 or 9 hours of homework.) Faculty is extremely accessible. Tutoring available, office hours 3 times per week (called Conference period) wonderful advising system.

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 students lived in dorms, there was one dining hall, COMMONS, athletic facilities fields and training room were great, gym complex probably needs to be redone. Students are separated into clusters, basically dorms that are close to one another. Students become quite loyal to their clusters. Diverse socio-economically and racially, but still mostly white/asian, and mostly upper-middle class to upper class. Extensive pastoral support if you want it. Always have a house counselor (faculty member living in dorms) and an advisor. I loved the school's culture. People are extremely hard working, driven, ambitious, to the point of sometimes being a bit cutthroat. Andover is a second-chance school, meaning that you probably won't get thrown out for your first offense. Exceptions to this rule: plagiarism, drug dealing, doing hard drugs. Andover definitely makes you work hard. If that possiblity doesn't seem exciting or pleasing, spare yourself four years of suffering and go to Loomis Chafee or something.

Community service is absolutely integral, although there is no community service requirement beyond one day per year. Comm Serv was definitely hugely important and a point of pride was the level to which students participated. Extra-curricular activities take up a crazy amount of time, especially with the athletic requirement. Maybe, 3-6 hours per day, 4 days per week. The balance was great, and I think the environment was designed to produce well-rounded individuals.