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Phillips Exeter Academy

Student rating 5/ 5 by Amherst College student
20 Main Street Exeter NH 03833 United States


Phillips Exeter Academyreview by Amherst College student. The school's academic programs are top notch. I came from a public school and was amazed at how well Exeter educates. There is a heavy writing component to the curriculum. The Harkness method that the school employs teaches students to communicate well verbally. The student body is very competitive and driven. Everyone at the school is ambitious and driven. The faculty truly cares. They are not your parents and they will not hold your hand but if you need help and are willing to simply ask then they will do everything in there power to see you succeed. That is why they are at a boarding school like Exeter, they want to help kids make it not watch them fail. The work load can be heavy at times but it forces you to manage your time and really prepares you for what comes in 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

Exeter is a place that tries to strike a balance between giving it's students independence and structure. It succeeds quite nicely I would say.

They have anything that you could want in terms of extracurricular and if by some chance they don't then they have the money and the willingness to start it.