Phillips Exeter Academy

20 Main Street Exeter, NH 03833-2460

“ Non Sibi ”

Not for Oneself

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  • Founded: 1781
  • Motto: Non Sibi
    (Not for Oneself)
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment Gender: Co-ed
  • Tuition: Boarding $50,880; Additional: Books and Supplies (estimated) $900
  • Mascot: Lion Rampant
  • School Color: Lively Maroon, Grey
  • Rival School: Phillips Academy Andover

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  • Academic Calendar : Trimesters
  • Average Class Size : 12
  • Faculty/Student Ratio : 1:5
  • Dress Code : No (Casual)
  • Average SAT Score : Class of 2017 SAT 1600 scores through June 2016 (mean) — Evidence -Based Reading and Writing, 690; Math, 710
    Class of 2017 SAT 2400 scores through June 2016 (mean) — Critical Reading, 704; Math, 715; Writing, 699
  • AP Courses : 14
  • ESL Offered : No

Notable Alumni

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  • Mark Zucherberg
    Founder and CEO, Facebook
  • Dan Brown
    Bestselling Author, The Da Vinci Code
  • Pauline Chiou
    Award-winning Anchor and Correspondent, CNN Hong Kong
  • Win Butler
    Lead Vocalist and Songwriter of Grammy Award-winning band Arcade Fire
  • John Knowles
    Author, A Separate Peace
  • John Irving
    Bestselling Author and Academy Award-winning Screenwriter, The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules
  • Suzy Welch
    Bestselling Author, Television Commentator and Noted Business Journalist
  • Pierre S. Du Pont
    President, Du Pont; Chair and President, General Motors Corporation
  • Robert Todd Lincoln
    Son of President Abraham Lincoln, US Secretary of War
  • Daniel Webster
    US Senator from Massachusetts


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  • Phillips Exeter Academy was founded by former teacher and successful businessman Dr. John Phillips. As a strong believer of the importance of good education and a generous philanthropist to his community, Dr. John Phillips had been the principal benefactor of both Dartmouth College as well as Phillips Andover Academy before he founded his own school, Phillips Exeter Academy, in the town he and his wife called home. Dr. Phillips founded Exeter with the intention of training students under the Calvinist religious tradition. In 1930, according to the wishes of donor Edward Harkness, Phillips Exeter Academy made the Socratic and seminar-based Harkness teaching method its principal teaching and learning method.

Student Life

Student Publications / Newspaper

  • The Exonian

Signature Programs

  • Exeter Innovates
    Exeter Innovates is a series of courses that seeks to advance experimental learning through interdisciplinary and cocurricular courses. Examples include courses on the intersection of ceramics and chemistry.
  • Health and Human Development
    Through required health education classes, senior seminars, as well as additional elective courses, the Health and Human Development Department at Exeter empowers students to lead healthy lifestyles, reevaluate values and attitides, and develop interpersonal skills.


Interscholastic Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cycling, Diving, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total number: 159
Adult Education, Afro-Latino Exonian Society, Afterburners Club (rocketry), American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Amnesty International Club, Angels, Animation Club, Anthropology Club, Aquatics, Archery Club, Asia Connection, Asian Society, Asian Students Association, Astronomy Club, Attitude, Branch-Soule Debate Society, Bridge Club, Broadside, Building With Books, Business Club, Catholic, Chamber, Chess Club, Chinese Students Association, Christian Fellowship Club, Club Basketball, Club Fencing, Club Golf, Club Hockey, Club Running, Club Soccer, Club Squash, Club Tennis, Club Volleyball, CompSci, Concert Club, Culinary Club, Cum Laude, Current Events Club, Dance Club, Daniel Webster Debate Society, Debate Club, Democrats Club, Dialogue Society, Diversity Club, Dramatics, Eastern European Exonians, Economics Club, Environment Club, EPIIC (Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship), Exeter Association of Rock (E.A.R.), Exeter Club Against Landmines, Exeter Fantasy Sports, Exeter Historians, Exeter Independents, Exeter Jewish Community, Exeter Politic Union, Exeter Social Service Organization (ESSO), Exeter Surf Club, Exeter Symphonia, Exonian (Newspaper), Exonians Partnering with Incarcarcerated Teens, Fencing Club, Film Society, Fitness Club, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), German Club, Glee Club, Gospel, Got That Swing, Harold Ryan Society, Hindu Society, Hong Kong Students Association, Imani, Indian Culture Club, Indoor Sports, Interfaith Club, International Society, Irish Exonians, Islamic Society, Italian Club, Japan-America Society, Jazz Club, Juggling and Unicycling Club, Junior State of America, Kirtland Society, Korean Society, La Alianza Latina, LEAD (Leaders at Exeter Abstaining from Drugs), Les Pieds (People Interesting in Exeter Dance), Los Salseros, Martial Arts Club, Math/Science Tutoring, Mathematics Discussion Group/PEA Math Team, Middle Eastern Students Alliance, Mind Games, Model UN, Modern Entertainment Round Table, Modern Physics Club, MoneySmart, Multi-Racial Exonian Society, Music and Moves, Muslim Student Association, Ongaku!, Opera Appreciation Club, Outdoor Challenge, Outing Club, Outkast, Pagan/Wiccan Alliance, Patriotic Club, PEAN (Yearbook), Peer Tutoring, Pendulum, Percussion Ensemble, Photo Exeter, Piano Ensemble Club, Pilates, PIP (People Interested in Poetry), Pirate Club, Political Union, PRECISION Step Team, Quiz Club, Radio Station, Random Acts of Kindness Club, Republican Club, Rhythmics, Rugby Club, Russian Society, Sailing Club, Science and Engineering Society, Scuba Exeter, Ski and Snowboard Club, Spanish Club/Spanish Table, Spiral, SSC Exeter (Shredders, Songwriters, and Composers), START, Stockmarket Club, Student Activities Steering Committee, Student Art Club, Student Council, Student Health Advisory Board, Student Listeners, Students for A Free Tibet, Students for Smart Decisions, Symphony Orchestra, Table-Tennis Club, Taiwanese-American Society, Theatre Mainstage Production, Ultimate Frisbee, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Varsity Writing, Voices of Praise (Gospel Choir), West African Drumming, Women in Science and Engineering, Women's Chorus, World Equity Society, WPEA 90.5, Yoga


  • Academic Facilities:
    Academy Library-more than 260,000 print and electronic volumes, Davis Dance Studio-1,700-square-foot, Fisher Theater-63,000-square-foot, Forrestal-Bowld Music Center, The Frederick R. Mayer Art Center and the Lamont Gallery, Grainger Observator, Lamont Health and Wellness Center, Phelps Science Center
  • Athletic Facilities:
    The George H. Love Gymnasium (Squash facilities with 10 international sized courts, one swimming pool, three basketball courts, a weight-training room, a sports-science lab, gym offices, two hockey rinks, locker rooms, and visiting team locker rooms), The Thompson Gymnasium (a basketball court, a dance studio, visiting team locker rooms, a cycling training room, a second swimming pool and a media room), The Thompson Cage (A wrestling room and gymnastics space), Ralph Lovshin Track, Plimpton Playing Fields, Phelps Stadium (football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey), William G. Saltonstall Boathouse, Amos Alonzo Stagg Baseball Diamond, Hilliard Lacrosse Field, Roger Nekton Championship Pool, 19 outdoor tennis courts, Several miles of cross-country and running trails, Wrestling practice room
  • Other facilities:
    Phelps Academy Center, Phillips Church, Nathaniel Gilman House


School Type
80% Boarding (865 Students) and 20% Day students (216 Students)
International Student 9%
9th Grade: 236
10th Grade: 253
11th Grade: 272
12th Grade: 320

Deadline: Jan. 15
Notification Date: Mar. 10
Reply Date: Apr. 10

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