Phillips Exeter Academy review by Cornell University student. Faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy were extremely accessible. They lived inside the dorms, and even if they don't they all have an affiliation with at least one dormitory and are required to do dorm duty, which essentially means they will get to know ALL the students in that dorm AT LEAST by first name, last name, and class. All the faculty in my dorm knew me much better than that. I had several conversations with them about any and everything. Faculty are there because they are genuinely interested in the development of the students. They are very approachable. I think I was always shy talking to adults when I was a child, but being in that environment allowed me to open up and talk! Also, living with intelligent faculty inevitably gives you access to informal "tutoring". I lived in a dorm with a health instructor, math professor, history teacher, and language teacher. Needless to say, when I needed homework help, there was always someone who could help me aside from my peers! Anytime you hear about Exeter, you will hear about the Harkness table. I won't even bother to give a definition. But the benefits of this system are invaluable. You cannot hide at the Harkness, but it rather forces you to think critically, express yourself, and to work in groups. In fact, around the Harkness, you sometimes learn more about yourself than you do about the subject you and your peers are studying.
Exeter was a terrific experience -- a world-class education, erudite and accessible professors, passionate and collegial peers... it can't get any better than that! Students were competitive but at the same time down to earth and genuinely interested in helping each other. The friends I made at Exeter are still my closest friends. You become more than peers; in many ways, your peers turn into your extended family, forever bound together by your common experience.
There is every extracurricular activity you can imagine at this school. Tons of clubs exist, and if it doesn't, you are free to create it! Exeter rewards creativity and is proud to help students to chase their dreams. You can always find a Professor who is more than willing to go the extra mile to help you find a program or club or activity that fits and inspires you. Exeter operates on a trimester, so the sports are offered on a trimester basis. There is a catalog of all the sports available -- seriously, it is just like college and I'm sure not all colleges have as many choices as Exeter did!