Apply Now!

Our application for Fall 2018 is now available!

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 to take the Required Standardized Test
As part of the application process, students must complete the appropriate required standardized test during the current academic year and prior to the stated application deadline (the June test will not be accepted). We will accept the February test for those applicants who have submitted all other application materials by February 1. Click Apply for Admission to see testing requirements by grade level. For more information on testing dates and locations, visit www.ssat.orgwww.erblearn.orgwww.collegeboard.org

International students: Whenever possible, international students for whom English is not the primary language also should submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For more information, please visit www.ets.org/toefl

School Testing Codes: Please use the following codes when registering for a test in order to have the test results sent directly to Phillips Academy. 

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

Step 3

Schedule your Admission Interview & Tour
Please visit our self-service portal to schedule a campus visit (on-campus tour/interview) or off-campus interview. An interview is a required part of the application process.

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
  • 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

Strongly Recommended: The Character Skills Snapshot (CSS)

In addition to a cognitive standardized test, we strongly recommend that our applicants complete the Character Skills Snapshot and share their results with us. The CSS offers our admission office richer holistic information that will help us to get to know your child 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.



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, and Wilmington, and also Atkinson, Pelham, Plaistow, and Salem, 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.

Secondary School Admission Test Dates

Test dates/locations for 2017-2018 will be posted in July at www.ssat.org, where online registration will open on August 1.

Dates to Remember

January 20, 2018
A Day with Andover Open House

February 1, 2018
Boarding and Day Student 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 call the Admission Office for our current enrollment status.

Meet Our Students

Get insights from students who understand what Andover is all about.

Aditya, Upper

Works with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as part of Andover's community engagement program.

Zenia, Junior

"Doing an independent study, taking higher-level classes—I want to experience that. And I want to enjoy it."

Angela, Senior

"This is a program that changes the way you look at things. You see so much potential—in yourself and in other people."

Nico, Senior

“Ceramics has a lot of chemistry, from when you dig the clay out of the ground to when you fire it. It's almost a fluid living thing.”

Anneke, Senior

Rock climber, cyclist, and future skydiver. Focused on environmental stewardship and sustainability.