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Phillips Academy Andover

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


Phillips Academy Andover review by MIT student. Phillips Academy Andover's academics are well respected by peer institutions and the public at large. It's strengths come in English, History, World Languages, and other arts, which are required for all students. Those seeking maths and sciences will find similarly advanced offerings, although the requirement is not as strict. Recent years have seen several internationally competitive student scientists emerge. Class sizes vary from small to tiny, my smallest ever being four students. Work is abundant, as expected. There is a manifest desire to create well-educated graduates, in that each should have an impressive knowledge and be eager to exercise it. Teaching styles and elective offerings (though difficult to summarize) work towards that end.

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

Andover is suburbian to rural, a 50-minute train ride to Boston. The school is mostly self-contained, providing everything the student needs. That's obviously less stimulus than one gets in the heart of a city, but in all my time there, I never left town for want of food or entertainment. The student body is suitably diverse, organizing cultural clubs and well-attended spectacles, such as the Chinese New Year variety show. The neighborhood of Andover is fairly affluent.

My major activity was music. The auditioned chorus and orchestra together perform an extended work (such as mass or oratorio) every year, which they take on tour. Theatre productions are also known to tour. Briefly, in sports, Andover fields rowing 8's, which puts the school in the upper tier of sporting, with other posh rivals like Phillips Exeter Academy and St. Paul's School in New Hampshire.