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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A-
Phillips Exeter Academy is a top rated, private, boarding school located in Exeter, NH. It has 1,085 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 5 to 1. Tuition is $49,880 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$38,740
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$49,880
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1440
428 responses
Average ACT
33
166 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 65 responses
  • E/A or Senior Skip Day
    23%
  • Assembly
    15%
  • Principal's Day
    14%
  • Faculty Follies
    11%
  • Prom
    9%
  • Dunkin Donuts/Rogans Run
    8%
  • EP
    8%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,085
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
5:1
National
17:1
Poll
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.37 responses
Poll
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.37 responses
Poll
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.37 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.21 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.21 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.21 responses
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Phillips Exeter Academy is an amazing school. Students who are here actually want to be here, teachers are passionate and very intelligent, and the community is unparalleled. PEA offers so many opportunities to partake in such a wide variety of activities- from dance to sports to 3D design to robotics and everything/anything in between. There is something for everyone. And if there is not some club or student organization that draws your eye, you can always create it. PEA is prestigious; that is a known fact. But what's important to remember is the values the academy upholds and strives to emulate. Exeter becomes a home for most if not all students, and it's a wonderful place to explore, ask questions, be very confused, and learn!
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Phillips Exeter Academy is an amazing institution with renowned facilities, faculty, and alumni. The financial aid is unmatched; I will be forever grateful for the generous financial aid package that my family received. It's a diverse school, and although it's not always perfect in handling issues surrounding equity and inclusion, it's definitely a school that tries really hard to make sure each student feels safe. Stress levels are extremely high here, the workload is intense, and the New Hampshire winters can be extremely dreary, but I have made the best friendships here and have grown so much, both academically and personally. Even through the tough times, I have never regretted saying Yes to Exeter and I know that its all worth it. Additionally, it IS possible to have fun here! Even in a small town, we find ways to just live life and be teenagers.
My experience at Exeter has really shaped me into a better student and citizen of the world. Our motto "non sibi(not for oneself"is a proactive and vital way of life on and off campus. At the Harkness table, your peers are willing to engage in productive discussion and challenge any preconceived ideas that you brought to the table. I think the beauty of Harkness is its collaborative nature. Your peers make you feel belonged and create a safe space for you to share your opinions. As a extroverted student, I loved to lean into discussion, ask thought-provoking questions, and bring in the quieter students at the table. Beyond the academic spheres, there are a host of resources and activities that are available for you to nurture your passions. The people are what makes it special to be at Exeter because they are super supportive and wholesome. I think something Exeter could improve is its approach toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.