Phelps Academy Center

The Elizabeth and Stanford N. Phelps '52 Academy Center is designed to be the hub of student life and the campus crossroads. It was created by and for our entire community – a collaboration of students, faculty, staff, architects and builders.  It draws together spaces that were once scattered across campus, giving everyone a central place to connect with others.

In the breadth of its design and programs, the Phelps Academy Center represents Exeter's belief that teaching and learning take place everywhere on campus. The spirit of collaboration that is sparked around the Harkness table extends far beyond the classroom. In the Phelps Academy Center there are myriad opportunities to lead, participate, write, perform, help, organize and debate. And that's just the beginning.  Like the Harkness table, the Phelps Academy Center is designed to be what you make of it...

What's Inside

The first floor of the Phelps Academy Center houses the Grill, the Post Office, and a large entry lounge, which is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a coffee break, read your mail and catch up with other members of the Exeter community.

The second floor consists of Student Activities office, the Day Student Lounge and Club Central. The Student Activities Office is located on the corner of the second floor. In addition to meeting rooms and offices, students have access to a literary club room with six workstations, and a club resource room with club mail boxes, club files and a self-serve copier. Day students have a space large enough to accommodate all 200 of them. The day student suite includes individual lockers, two showers, and two lounges: one for hanging out with friends and one for quiet study.  There's also an office where day students can meet privately with advisers. Read about Ben's experiences as a day student at Exeter...

The Forum, a two hundred-seat auditorium, is located on the third floor.  This space is ideal for large meetings, performances and movies. It's packed with all the latest AV equipment. In addition to the Forum, there will be two meeting rooms and the Study Skills Office. 

The Phelps Academy Center also has a kitchen with seating for 14 – a great place for a club or team to hold a dinner. Dining services will host cooking classes there. Next to the kitchen is the TV lounge. Across the hall is a projects /crafts room – designed for use by student clubs and group workshops, from Knitting to Model Making. There are also three music practice rooms, WPEA, and a game room. 

25 things you can do in the Phelps Academy Center...

Read The Exeter Bulletin, Fall 2006 article about the Phelps Academy Center...