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Phillips Exeter Academy

Student rating 4.6/ 5 by Dartmouth College student
20 Main Street Exeter NH 03833 United States


Phillips Exeter Academyreview by Dartmouth College student. What distinguishes Exeter's academic life from any other is not inside the classroom. It is true that every classroom is outfitted with a Harkness table and that so much of the learning comes from peers, not teachers, but it is the atmosphere with sponsors so much intellecutalism. Weatherall Dining Hall is consistently host to heated debates ranging from religion to politics. The assembly hall hosts biweekly visitors to lecture on everything from a conquest of Everest to the optical mechanics that produce illusions.

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 the safest of towns and the Security on campus is completely over funded. The dorms I lived in were impecable, proctored by friendly and caring, parent-like faculty. The dining options at Exeter were similiarly great. The infamous made-to-order omlettes were recently mentioned in a NY Times article. As were the 18 million dollar squah courts. my boathouse at Exeter was nicer even than my college one. Social life was restricted by workload but what time I had was spent in bliss with friends, a fun student life building, movies, dances, artists, bands, and everything else the school could think to fund with a generous budget. Exeter was the best time of my life and the days I spent there will never be forgotten.

While at Exeter I participated in the crew team. I was a member of the Varsity boat and I was a league champion in the 3rd boat. No team has one more titles in our league than Exeter and no league is more competitive. Our boats are finest in the league, and even surpass my current equipment in college. The coaching staff is experienced, caring, talented and driven. More importantly to those who are reading this, Rowing at Exeter was a platform from which I got into college. The strength of the team reflects on each of its members and was an important factor in my college admissions.