Fall Term Information for Phillips Academy Families

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Step 1

Request Catalog/Join our Mailing List
All prospective students who wish to receive an admission catalog and be added to our mailing list must submit this form. Those on our mailing list will receive invitations to events in their home area as well as emails news and updates about the application process.

Step 2

Register for a standardized test (optional)

Andover will be test optional for the 2021-2022 admission cycle. Please see the details regarding our test-optional admission policy below.

Andover's Test Optional Policy for the 2021-2022 Admission Cycle

9TH AND 10TH GRADE APPLICANTS: ANDOVER WILL BE TEST OPTIONAL FOR THE 2021-22 ADMISSION CYCLE

We know that many applicants will still take the SSAT or ISEE and will want to submit their results with their applications. However, we also know that access to these tests may be challenging for many applicants and, therefore, we will not require the SSAT or ISEE.

Our longstanding practice has been to evaluate all components of a student’s application without focusing solely on standardized test results. We assess the applicant’s fit for Andover using a comprehensive, committee-based process that takes into account all aspects of a student’s application. Students who do not submit standardized testing will not be penalized in our assessment process this year.

If students wish to supplement their application with standardized tests they have already taken, we will consider school-, state-, or country-mandated test results from previous years.

11TH GRADE, 12TH GRADE, AND POSTGRADUATE APPLICANTS: ANDOVER WILL BE TEST OPTIONAL FOR THE 2021-22 ADMISSION CYCLE

We know that many applicants will still take the PSAT, SAT, or ACT and will want to submit their results with their applications. However, we also know that access to these tests may be challenging for many applicants and, therefore, we will not require any of these tests.

Our longstanding practice has been to evaluate all components of a student’s application without focusing solely on standardized test results. We assess the applicant’s fit for Andover using a comprehensive, committee-based process that takes into account all aspects of a student’s application. Students who do not submit standardized testing will not be penalized in our assessment process this year.

If students wish to supplement their application with standardized tests they have already taken, we will consider school-, state-, or country-mandated test results from previous years.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AT ALL GRADE LEVELS

Students whose native language is not English—and who do not attend a school where English is the primary language of instruction—should take either the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS. As a guideline, most international students who are admitted to Andover score above 100 on the TOEFL iBT or an average of 7.5 on the IELTS.

If you are unable to submit the TOEFL iBT or IELTS due to financial concerns or COVID-19 restrictions, please email us or call us at (978) 749-4050 so that we may document that in your application file and waive the requirement accordingly. Please include your full legal name, date of birth, mailing address, and the grade to which you are applying, in your email with the subject line “TOEFL/IELTS.”


Step 3

Schedule your Virtual Interview

Candidates planning to complete an application for fall 2022 must request an interview appointment by logging into our self-service portal. For students applying for fall 2022, we are conducting virtual interviews only. As a reminder, an interview is a required part of our application process. Candidates for fall 2022 who have already completed or scheduled an interview do not need to request another interview.

We will open our fall interview calendar by early September 2021, and invite you to check our self-service portal then to schedule an appointment.

Step 4

Complete the Candidate Profile
This is the first step in the formal application process to Phillips Academy. The Candidate Profile is submitted online with the appropriate application fee. It is accepted by several peer schools to ease the application process for students and their families. Prospective students are encouraged to submit this form well in advance of the stated application deadline. To start your Candidate Profile and learn more about fees, visit our online admission portal.

Step 5

Submit the Andover application
All materials should be submitted through our online admission portal. A complete application consists of:

  • The Candidate Profile
  • Short answers and essay
  • Copy of a recent writing assignment—corrected and graded by a teacher. (Scan and submit online. PDF documents should be less than 1MB for compatibility with online submission.)
  • The Parent Statement
  • Current Grades
  • School Report with official transcript
  • Current English Teacher Recommendation
  • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
  • Personal Recommendation
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Optional: Special Interest Recommendation
  • Optional: Official copy of standardized test results
  • Admission interview
  • For students applying for financial assistance, a Financial Aid Application is due by February 1.
Step 6

Financial Aid: If applying for financial aid, complete the Parent Financial Statement by February 1.

Step 7
The character skills snapshot

The Character Skills Snapshot (CSS)

While the SSAT is not required this year, if you choose to take it, the Character Skills Snapshot offers our admission office richer holistic information that will help us to get to know applicants in a multi-dimensional way. Exploring a variety of non-cognitive areas (intellectual curiosity, teamwork, initiative, responsibility, resilience, self-control, open-mindedness, and social awareness), the CSS is an engaging self-inventory exercise that applicants will enjoy completing. Please note: We will not review the CSS as a part of our admission process but might view results after our March 10 decision release date for student onboarding purposes.


Boarding vs. Day

Students from certain cities/towns are able to choose whether to apply to Phillips Academy as day students or as boarding students. Your choice is a one-time-only option that must be made when the application is submitted to the admission office.

Students residing in Andover or North Andover must apply as day students. Applicants from the following Massachusetts cities/towns have a choice: Boxford, Bradford, Dracut, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynnfield, Methuen, Middleton, North Reading, Reading, Tewksbury, Topsfield and Wilmington, and also Atkinson, Pelham, Plaistow, Salem, and Windham, New Hampshire.

International Students

Phillips Academy believes in the importance of “youth from every quarter” and values its international students, who share cultural traditions, initiate conversations about cultural differences and similarities, and advance global understanding.

Dates to Remember

February 1, 2022
Boarding and Day Student Application / Financial Aid Application Deadline

Please note: Priority in the admission process is given to those applicants who complete the entire application process by the February 1 deadline. For those students wishing to apply for the "second round" of admission to Andover, please email the Admission Office for our current enrollment status.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Phillips Academy admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity or expression, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other status protected by applicable law, and extends to them all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Phillips Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity or expression, religion, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other status protected by applicable law, in the administration of its educational, admissions, financial aid, athletic, and other school-administered programs.