Fall 2020 Opening of School 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

Please see the update to our application requirements regarding standardized testing.

Step 3

Schedule your Virtual Interview
Please visit our self-service portal to schedule a virtual interview. An interview is a required part of the application process. Due to the ongoing public health situation, we are unable to welcome visitors to campus for tours or in-person interviews. Please visit our virtual events page to take part in a live, virtual campus tour with one of our Andover Ambassadors (head tour guides).

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

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, 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, 2021
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.