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Campus Life & Activities

Phillips Academy has a safe, scenic, and spacious campus, located only a short train ride from the beautiful and historic Boston and Cambridge. In addition to the sights, museums, colleges, shops, and restaurants of these two cities, Andover lies within easy driving distance of the beautiful seacoasts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Summer Session organizes several trips to a variety of venues that may include nearby beaches, musical and theatrical events, outlet shopping, and amusement parks. In addition, students may – with permission – use their free time on Wednesdays and weekends to explore Boston with friends. Whether boarding or commuting, students share the campus and its many resources for five weeks, learning community responsibility and self-discipline. They quickly learn how to budget their time and how to respect the needs of others.

Athletic, Cultural, and Social Opportunities

In between classes and study, you can enjoy weekly dances, lectures, films, and cultural events right on campus. Open observatory nights, a weekly faculty colloquium series, student art and theater shows, and intramural or dorm competitions provide a multitude of options for how best to spend free time. Students also participate in one of our many afternoon athletic activities to enhance their daily schedules.

Extraordinary Diversity

Among the most exciting and rewarding aspects of Summer Session is the chance to live and work with other students who represent an unparalleled diversity of geography, religion, race, and economic circumstance. Students typically arrive from over 50 different countries, making summer at Andover an incredible opportunity to get to know those from different backgrounds.

Day Student Campus Life

Students who live within commuting distance of the academy are an integral part of Summer Session, attending all classes and activities, eating all meals, socializing with the entire community, and making full use of all the facilities.