Applying to Andover

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STEP 1: Complete the Candidate Profile

Complete the Candidate Profile (Part One of the application) on the Gateway to Prep Schools website and submit it to Phillips Academy. You will then receive an email 24 hours after your submission with your application portal login credentials.

STEP 2: Optional Interview

Using your application portal login credentials, you will be able, but not required, to supplement your application with one of the following options:

  • On-Campus Interview (limited availability)
    • All on-campus interviews include a campus tour
  • Virtual Interview (limited availability)
  • Personal Video Submission (open availability)

Applicants are encouraged to do an on-campus or live virtual tour if able.

STEP 3: Optional Testing

Students are able to supplement their application with a standardized test. If students choose to submit a standardized test, they should submit test results according to the grade to which they are applying:

9TH AND 10TH GRADE APPLICANTS:

Submit scores for the SSAT or ISEE

11TH GRADE, 12TH GRADE, AND POSTGRADUATE APPLICANTS:

Submit scores for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT

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 are asked to take the TOEFL iBT, the IELTS, or the Duolingo English Test. As a guideline, most international students who are admitted to Andover score at or above: 100 on the TOEFL iBT, 7.5 on the IELTS, or 125 on the Duolingo English Test.

If you are unable to submit the TOEFL iBT, IELTS or Duolingo English Test due to financial concerns or COVID-19 restrictions, please email us or call us at (978) 749-4050 and we will be glad to assist.

School Testing Codes: If you register for a standardized test, please use the following codes in order to have the test results sent directly to Phillips Academy.

SSAT: 5758
ISEE: 220030
SAT: 0156
TOEFL: 8127

STEP 4: Complete Your Application

Submit the remaining application documents via Gateway to Prep Schools:

  • Graded Writing Sample
  • Short Answers and Essay
  • Parent/Guardian Statement
  • Current Academic Year Grades
  • Previous Grades
  • Principal/Counselor Recommendation
  • Current English Teacher Recommendation
  • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
  • Personal Recommendation
  • Optional: Special Interest Recommendation
  • Optional: Arts or Athletics Supplement

STEP 5: If Applicable

Financial Aid: If applying for financial aid, complete the financial aid application between November 15 and February 1.

STEP 6: Optional Character Skills Snapshot

While the SSAT is not required this year, if you choose to take it, you will have the option to also take the Character Skills Snapshot if you would like to do so. The CSS is an engaging self-inventory exercise that applicants often enjoy completing. Please note: Even if applicants choose to take the CSS, our admission committee will not view the results until after our March 10 decision release date. CSS results may be used for student onboarding purposes but will not be used for admission.


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, 2023
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.