Fall Term Information for Phillips Academy Families

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Thank you for your interest in Phillips Academy. We are excited to get to know you as you embark on the application process. Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for fall 2021. Our application for Fall 2022 is now available online, and is not due until February 1, 2022.

Because of our need to prioritize the health and safety of our internal community in a year when our program for our current students will be delivered entirely in person, we have made the difficult decision not to invite admission visitors to campus this fall and winter. All students interested in applying for fall 2022 will complete interviews virtually, although you will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual campus tour and other virtual programs throughout the fall. We regret that we are not able to offer an in-person experience to our fall 2022 applicants, and we thank you for understanding. We will open our fall interview calendar by early September, and invite you to schedule a virtual interview appointment via our self-service portal in early September or later.

We are pleased to share that Andover will be test-optional again for candidates applying for the fall of 2022. Please feel free to read more about our test-optional policy on our “apply” page.

We are proud to be entering our 14th year of need-blind admission. Guided by our school’s founding principle of youth from every quarter, we seek to admit talented students of all backgrounds into our intentionally diverse community. Especially during this momentous time in US history, we value the opportunities this presents. We stand with students and families speaking out against racism and injustice and remain deeply committed to education for a greater good.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at (978) 749-4050 or admissions@andover.edu if you have any questions or if we can be helpful in any way.


Jim Ventre ’79
Assistant Head of School for Admission and Financial Aid

Jill Thompson
Director of Admission

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You come to Andover because of the 1,100 other students who come to Andover. They are, as our founding charter calls for them to be, “youth from every quarter.” They’re talented in quirky and serious ways, they have ideas and opinions like— but mostly unlike—yours, they have fascinating histories and surprising ambitions and generous hearts. They come because they love ideas and learning and discovering. And they come because maybe you will be here too.

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Jim Ventre ’79

“Our holistic review aligns your experiences, character, academic achievement, and talent with our community values! You belong at Andover!”

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Jill Thompson

“Many of your teachers noted that you say “thank you” to them at the end of class. Sometimes it’s the small things that make a difference!”

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Heidi Jamieson

“I am excited to get to know you and to make sure you have everything you need for a successful career at Andover.”

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Kevin Graber

“We can’t wait to see you in the fall, and please don’t hesitate to contact me if there’s anything I can do to help.”

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Jessica Acosta-Chavez ’06

“Congratulations! ¡Felicidades! Parabéns! Our kind community is one of the many reasons why I chose Andover – twice!”

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Charles “Trey” V. Brown ’12

“I hope to see all of you in the fall! I have no doubt you will be a part of one of the strongest classes at PA.”

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Sarah H. Carroll

“Reading all of your applications and learning about your unique talents and interests is what I look forward to all year.”

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Pete Dignard ’07

“Andover is a place where it is cool to be smart and kindness matters.”

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Terrell Ivory ’00

“Being a postgrad at Andover changed my life in a positive way and I am forever grateful that this is my home now.”

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Jamie Hagerman Phinney

Whether reading your application or meeting you on Zoom, the sense of joy for the future of our school was overwhelming!


Lela A. Paultre

“As the class officer of the eleventh grade, I want to send a special BIG BLUE welcome to this amazing group of admitted students.”


Sarah Mees P’22

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Amy Turk P’20, ’22

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Eva Cirelli P’12

“O virtual tour durante o processo de Admissao, foi uma das melhores coisas que eu fiz. Espero dar as boas vindas a todos voces no outono.”


Andrea Prescott Gerakaris P’21

“I am pleased to answer any questions that arise and provide confidential student financial support.”


Sloan Kennedy

“I hope you enjoyed all the invitations and email announcements that I created for you!”


Jo LaBelle

“I enjoyed helping you with your application and look forward to seeing you on campus — SAY YES!”


Terri Layton

“You kept me busy all year entering your applications! Congratulations and welcome!”


Jo-Anne Love P’06

“Congratulations! I can't wait to see you wearing Blue in September.”


Madeline Minahan P’03

“I talked with many of you on the phone and I look forward to meeting you in person. Welcome to the Big Blue!”


Irene Tucker

“I loved seeing the videos and projects you submitted! Congratulations and welcome!”


Emilie Cliquet Hughes

“It was so exciting to interview you the past few months and I'm even more excited to get to meet you in person in the fall!”

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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 new approach, finding 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.

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Our application deadline is

February 1, 2021.