Welcome from the Dean of Admission
As you explore the Phillips Academy website -- immerse yourself in the stories and images of campus life -- take a moment to imagine yourself here. Next year, you could be part of this extraordinary community, alongside friends, classmates, teammates, and faculty, who are passionate and eager to teach smart and talented students like you.
I am inspired by our students every single day—convincing evidence that Andover attracts the kinds of students who value excellence in themselves and those around them.
Put simply, here’s what makes Phillips Academy special: the people with whom you have the opportunity to engage. Our student body is designed to be diverse on many levels—geographic, racial, ethnic, religious, and, above all, socioeconomic. Andover’s commitment to a need-blind admission program, initiated in 2007, is unmatched by any other comparable institution. Our need-blind policy allows us the freedom to find the students who are the best matches for the school—no matter their economic situation.
Our faculty and students have gathered from around the world to pursue their dreams together. Andover’s residential “cluster” system of neighborhoods provides the support found in schools one quarter of our size. As a 25-year house counselor, I know that the residential experience is an education in and of itself; I have enjoyed living with young people from all over the world, learning together the values of character and respect.
Our students have the opportunity to learn how to be independent and advocate for themselves, to develop a passion for a subject that is brand new to them, and to make lifelong friendships with students and faculty they otherwise might have not met. This experience will transform you; it will inspire your personal and intellectual development. And, since students also impact the evolution of the school, Andover will become better because of your active participation.
We take great pleasure introducing you to Andover, as we look forward to learning more about you through the application process. We are a school that represents an opportunity for you to embrace who you are and what you stand for. Get excited for the incredible adventure ahead.
Jim Ventre '79
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid