Phillips Exeter Academy

Tel: (603)772-4311
Grades: 9-12 | 1085 students
The founder of Phillips Exeter Academy defined its mission more than two centuries ago.
"Above all," John Phillips stated, "it is expected that the attention of instructors to the disposition of the minds and morals of the youth under their charge will exceed every other care; well considering that though goodness without knowledge is weak and feeble, yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous, and that both united form the noblest character, and lay the surest foundation of usefulness to mankind." It seeks students who combine proven academic ability, intellectual curiosity, and tenacity with decency and good character.
At the Academy, exacting inquiry and thoughtful discourse foster the life of the mind, instruction and activity promote fitness and health, and the daily interactions of a residential school nurture integrity, empathy, and kindness.
Because learning and growth at Exeter arise from each individual's engagement with others, the richness of education here requires diversity in all its dimensions; students and faculty value the differences they bring to the community they share.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Year Founded 1781

Student Body

Total Students 1085 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 14%
Students by Grade Phillips Exeter Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 215 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 12 students
Average SAT score 2076

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $29
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Michael Gary


Total Sports Offered 21 sports
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, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
Field HockeyFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Water PoloWinter Track,

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Seacoast Learning Collaborative (3.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Exeter Day School (0.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Exeter Day School (0.6 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Exeter
    Exeter Day School
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: PK-K | 156 students
    0.6 miles
    11 Marlboro Street
    Exeter, NH 03833
  • Exeter
    Appleseeds Day School
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: PK-KG | 106 students
    2.1 miles
    15 Hampton Rd
    Exeter, NH 03833
  • Exeter
    Building Block School
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: PK-KG | 67 students
    2.4 miles
    125 Kingston Rd
    Exeter, NH 03833
  • Hampton Falls
    Grades: 6-8 | 90 students
    2.4 miles
    356 Exeter Rd
    Hampton Falls, NH 03844
  • Exeter
    Seacoast Learning Collaborative
    Special Education School
    Grades: 2-12 | 55 students
    3.8 miles
    87 State Route 27
    Exeter, NH 03833

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