Phillips Academy Andover

5.00 5 1 (9 reviews)
Tel: 978-749-4050
180 Main Street
Andover, MA 01810
  • Students come to Andover to join 1100 smart, engaged, passionate students from around the world; to work with brilliant, accomplished teachers; to have access to unparalled resources; and to feel a sense of limitless opportunity.
  • Imagine a school where it's cool to be smart. What if you could learn and grow in a warm, welcoming community surrounded by smart, curious, motivated peers and inspirational teachers? At Andover, not only is it cool to be excited about Renaissance literature, a mysterious 19th-century skeleton, or AP math-your classmates are likely to share your enthusiasm. Conversations about issues like Middle East peace, gender roles, immigration, and sustainable energy, continue throughout the day.
  • Imagine teachers who give you the freedom to think openly and deeply, to question and make mistakes. With more than 300 dynamic courses, Andover's rigorous academic program offers a strong foundation in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences.
  • Our more than 150 electives include student-faculty research, independent projects, and immersive learning opportunities locally and abroad. There is no single teaching method. Faculty share a philosophy of "learning by doing" and a zeal for using technology to inform and empower. The Academy's approach to teaching not only prepares students superbly for college, but also instills a lifelong love of learning.

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  • Bowdoin College
    Phillips Andover has the motto 'Non SIbi' or 'Not For Self' which is taken very seriously and has been engrained in the culture of the academy for over 200 years. Non Sibi day is celebrated. . .
  • Yale University
    Andover is pretty big for a boarding school so one thing that Andover has makes it special are clusters. There are five of them and they divide the school into smaller communities. They are residential. . .
  • Eugene Lang the New School for Liberal Arts
    Andover is the biggest in student numbers of similar boarding schools and this gives it an incredibly diverse, dynamic character without losing the personalized feeling and small classes you would expect at this caliber. There. . .
  • Harvey Mudd College
    Andover has made me realize how precious each moment is, no matter how mundane, tedious, or tiring it may seem at the time. Looking back, I treasure each memory, and try to remind myself to. . .
  • Wesleyan University
    One aspect that sets Andover apart is the immense alumni network. I'm merely one year removed from Andover, but there are graduates of all ages that are ready to help. Andover has a network called. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Phillips AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG7-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded17781910
Campus Size500 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment1150 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score2118* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score30*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size13 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered7017
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details


Endowment Size$970 million$18 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant39800$22,844
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineFeb. 1Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJames F. Ventre '79

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered7017
CoursesA Room of Their Own: Women's Studies and Literature, A Social History of Latin America, Accelerated Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chinese, Advanced College Chemistry, Advanced courses in painting, ceramics, drawing, photography, video, Advanced Electronic Music, Advanced Fourth-Level German, Advanced Latin Authors, Advanced Theory & Composition, Advanced Topics in French, African Literature, An Introductory Survey of African American Literature, AP AB Calculus, AP Accelerated AB Calculus, AP Accelerated BC Calculus, AP BC Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP Statistics, Applied Logic, Architecture, Asia (history), Atomic America: Service Learning, Calculus-Based Physics, California Dreaming, Chamber Music Performance Seminar, Children in Literature: Growing Up in a Changing World, Community Engagement in the City of Lawrence: We, the People (Spanish), Comparative Government, Contemporary American Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing: Fiction, Creative Writing:Poetry, Critical Race Theory: The American Dream Deferred, Current Events and Multimedia: Approaches to the Hispanic World (Spanish), Economics Research Colloquiem, Ethics:The Environment, Foundations of Modern Physics, Haunted by Shadows:Viewing African Independence through Lens and Literature, History of Art, Honors Computer Science Seminar: Software Design; Computer Graphics; Data Structures & Algorithms, Honors Math Seminar: Differential Equations; The Genius of Euler; Bayesian Statistics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Hispanic Literature (Spanish), Introduction to Theory and Composition, James Joyce, Justice and Globalization, Macroeconomics and the Global Consumer, Medieval Literature, Microeconomics and the Developing World, Molecular and Cellular Biology: Indepdendent Laboratory Research, Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra, Nonviolence and Social Change, Our Americas: Crossing Borders (Spanish), Out of Tune: Music and the State in the 20th Century, Playwriting, Race and Comparative American Literatures, Religion and Pilgrimage, Shakespeare, The American Civil War, The Internet in Print, The Middle East, The World in Pieces:Poetry and Cinema of the Avant-Garde, Twentieth Century Drama, U.S. History, Understanding Latin America (Spanish), Writers in Depth


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2615
SportsBallet, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations17924
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
3D Printing Club, Academy Manor Nursing Home volunteers, ActiveMinds Andover, Activism, AdoptaPlatoon, Afro-Latino-American Society (Af-Lat-Am), Alianza (Latino Student Alliance), Amnesty International Club, and Mentoring (DREAM), Andover Ambassadors, Andover Japanese Connection, App Development, ARC Buddies, Archaeology and History Club, Asian Society, Astronomy Club, Babel Foreign Language Magazine, Backtracks Magazine, Baking Club, Bancroft Elementary Teachers Aides, Big Idea Club, Birding Club, Blue Key Society, Boss Magazine, Bread & Roses community kitchen volunteers, Bread Loaf Pen Pel Program, Bread Loaf Writing Workshop, Campuses against Cancer, Catholic Student Fellowship, Chess Club, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Chinese Taiwanese Student Association, Christian Fellowship Club, Classical Physics Club, Classics Club, Clutch Collaborative, Community Awareness For Everyone (CAFE), Computer Science Club, Constructed Languages Club, Courant Art & Literary Magazine, Culinary Appreciation Club, Culture Politics & Religion (CPR), Cyber Security and Forensics Club, Dear Sam Wellness Club, Disability Rights, Documentary Society, Drug Alcohol Awareness Committee, EAT Club, Eco-Action, Education, Entrepreneurship Club, Finance & Politics of Sports, Finance Club, French Club, Frontline Political Magazine, Games Club, Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), German Club, Girls Global Health, GirlUp Andover!, Global Health Initiative, Global Nomads, Grill Club, Hindu Student Union, Indo-Pak, International Club, International Review online publication, Japanese Animeshon Club, Jewish Student Union, Jumpstart volunteers, Junto, Justice NOW, Lawrence Boys & Girls Club-homework room helpers, Lazarus House volunteers, Linguistics Club, Live Action Role Play Society, M.S.P.C.A. volunteers, Math Club, Meditation Club, Micro-Finance Club, Middle East/North Africa Club, Mock Trial, Model Building Club, Model UN, Modern Engineering Forum, Motorsports Club, Moviemakers Club, Muslim Student Union, Non sibi Society, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Friends of the Orphans), Out of the Blue, Over the Hills and Farther Away, OXFAM, PA Democrats, PA Liberal Action, PA Republican Society, Philomathean, Philosophy, Photography Club, Physical Health Information Team, Physics Club, Political Union, Pot Pourri Yearbook, Project V.O.I.C.E. (ESL), Psychology Club, Quiz Bowl, Real World Challenge aeronautics, Red Cross, Robotics Club, Science & Technology Club, Science and Medicine Journal Club, Science Club, Science Club for Girls, Se Puede After-School Tutoring Program, SIS Female Empowerment program, Sketchy comedy writing club, South East Asian Club, Spanish, Speech Club, Sports Forum, Sports Medicine Club, Student Activities Board, Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, Students in Medicine, Techmasters, The Childrens Place volunteers, UNICEF Club, VOICE-Foreign Language Magazine, Women's Forum, Word slam poetry club, WPAA Radio, Youth Development Organization volunteers

Arts and Music Programs:
Andover Art Society, Andover-Lawrence String Program, Architecture Club, Art Exchange, Art for Expression, Art Music Society, Azure, blue.print, Classical Music Forum, DJ Factory-Electronic Music Production, DramaLabs, Drum Line, Footnotes tap dance group, Gospel, Handbell Choir, Hypnotiq, Keynotes, Music MDs, Unaccompanied Minors, Under the Bed, Yorkies

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ballroom Dance Society, Blue Strut, Cluster Ultimate Frisbee, Coed Crew, Cross Country, Dance Instruction, Disc Golf, Double Dutch, Fencing Club, FIT (Fundamentals in Training), Hip Hop Club, Instructional Swim, Intramural Hockey, Intramural Sports, Outdoor Pursuits, Paddle Tennis Club, Pilates, Ping Pong Club, Skating, SLAM cheer team, Spinning, Sports and Games Club, Squash instruction, Tennis Instruction, Volleyball Instruction, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2014 - 201610 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Brown University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Georgetown University
Princeton Unversity
Stanford University
University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
Yale University
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • One of the Latin mottoes on our seal translates as "The end depends on the beginning." Andover is a place where we're always beginning. We're always discovering new opportunities, experimenting with a approach, finding the courage to take risks. We're always looking for new ways to reach out to people in need, to work together with new communities. Always making room for you to be your most honest, authentic, daring self.
  • We are a culturally rich, intentionally diverse community. With nearly every U.S. state and 45 countries represented on our campus, we have much to learn from one another. Learn more about 10 years of needs-blind admission:
  • We offer over 300 courses with an average class size of 13. They are intensely interactive, all designed to inspire a lifelong love of learning.
  • We have hundreds of friendly, caring faculty and staff members, including more than 200 classroom teachers-nearly all of whom live on campus. They are ever-present as teachers, coaches, academic advisors, house counselors, mentors, and lifelong resources. 
  • School accreditations: NEASC
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • President George Bush - 41st President of the United States
    • Oliver Wendell Holmes - Poet, literary leader and doctor
    • Benjamin Spock - Author; authority on child-rearing; anti-war activist
    • Jack Lemmon - Academy Award-winning actor
    • President George W. Bush - 43rd President of the United States
    • Julia Alvarez - Poet, novelist, and author
    • Frederick Law Olmstead - designed NYC's Central Park
    • Christopher Hughes - co-founded Facebook and served as online strategist for Obama campaign
    • Rebecca Dowling Adams - US's first female Top Gun pilot
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