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Exeter Summer Student Life

Student life at Exeter Summer extends from the Harkness table to the dining hall and the playing fields. Whether you’re a day student or a boarder, you’ll take part in the wide range of activities available both on and off campus.

The Student Activities Office offers a variety of recreational options during weekends and Wednesday afternoons. Choose from optional excursions such as beach outings, amusement parks, shopping trips, mini-golf, mountain hikes and local sporting events, which are chaperoned by Exeter Summer faculty and staff. Trips vary in cost from approximately $5 to $50 and are not included in tuition. On-campus extra-curricular activities range from dramatics and choir to chamber orchestra and educational films and seminars. Some Exeter Summer favorites include: talent shows, dances, plays, movies on the quad, and Cultural Awareness Day which features music and food from countries around the world.

Your advisers and teachers may sponsor their own trips to local eateries, beaches and nearby attractions to create a bonding experience for dorms and classes. You can also take advantage of extended hours at The Lamont Gallery and athletic facilities on weekends.

Dorm Life

At the end of the five-week session each year, students universally agree that living in a dormitory is one of the most valuable experiences of spending the summer at Exeter. You share a special bond with your dormmates reinforced by events such as dorm barbecues and trips. Living with peers who represent many different backgrounds and interests broadens your knowledge of others and provides important preparation for college.

Day students are affiliated with an assigned dorm and encouraged to participate in dorm activities.

Through dorm life, you have further opportunities to get to know your teachers, who serve as dorm parents and advisers to individual students. In addition to interacting with teachers in the classroom, you will spend time with them informally in the dorm and dining hall, and participate in such activities as the faculty/student soccer game together. The ratio of faculty to students in dormitories is approximately 1:10.

Life in a residential school requires you to take responsibility for managing a daily schedule and for meeting the expectations of the school community. We strive to help students adjust to being away from home by providing a number of support mechanisms. In turn, we expect students to check in to dorms by the appointed time, to observe quiet study hours in the evenings, and to abide by school rules.

Colleges and Universities

The UPPER SCHOOL program offers you the opportunity to meet approximately eighty college admissions officers. A wide variety of colleges and universities send representatives to our campus for a large evening college fair early in the term. In recent years, those colleges have included Yale, Dartmouth, Bowdoin, Smith and Tufts. During your stay at Exeter, UPPER SCHOOL students may visit college campuses by signing up for excursions to certain local universities.

In addition, the Exeter Summer holds college counseling workshops designed to demystify the college application process.  The Academy Library also offers college search materials and guides.

Health Services

The Lamont Health & Wellness Center is staffed on a 24-hour schedule by registered nurses. The center is open daily for walk-ins and scheduled appointments. You’ll find people ready to help with routine and emergency care. Submittal of a medical form is required of all students prior to arrival in Exeter.

Religious and Spiritual Services

If you normally follow a religious discipline or attend services during the year, we would like you to have the opportunity to do so in the summer as well. While we may not be able to provide everything you are accustomed to having in worship, we would like to encourage you to continue your practice as fully as possible. Our Campus Minister and other adults will help students organize meetings. Phillips Church is our central hub for our religious and spiritual life together, particularly the basement space which is warm, vibrant, and inviting to all who may wish to enter. Area churches and temples also welcome student participation.

Exeter Summer

20 Main Street, Exeter, NH 03833

603-777-3488 / summer@exeter.edu