Student Life Questions

When will I have time to study and do my homework?

There will be free time each day and evening for students to complete their homework. Dorm faculty help students maintain quiet study hours in the evenings. Students may also study in the library.


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May I bring my cell phone to Summer School?

Yes, students are encouraged to bring their cell phones to Summer School. Students are expected to use proper cell phone etiquette at all times. Cell phones must be off or on silent mode during all required appointments. Students must refrain from making/taking calls or texting during class and during all required appointments.


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Do I need to bring a computer to Summer School?

Although computers are not required*, we encourage students to bring computers to Summer School if they are in a position to do so. There are several computer labs on campus for students.

*Students enrolled in the 3D Computer Design course are required to bring their own laptop computers.


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Will I have access to the Internet?

There is wireless Internet access throughout the campus and dorms.


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How will I do my laundry?

Phillips Exeter contracts with E&R Laundry, a private laundry company. E&R Laundry offers card-operated dormitory washers and dryers or a wash/dry/fold laundry service. All enrolled students will receive information directly from this company before the start of Summer School. There are also two coin-operated Laundromats within walking distance.


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What is the dress code for Summer School?

While there is no formal dress code, students are expected to dress appropriately. Shorts or slacks are usually worn to class and students should refrain from wearing clothing that will be distracting to their classmates or to the task at hand.
Summer temperatures normally range from 75-90F (24-32C) with cooler nights. Please be sure to bring a sweatshirt and raincoat as we experience rainstorms during the summer. Students should also bring a light jacket, dress clothes, swimwear, athletic gear and appropriate clothing for off-campus trips. A more detailed packing list will be available before the start of the session.


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How much spending money should I bring?

Spending habits vary for each student. The expenses for Summer School, including books, supplies, and off-campus excursions, are approximately $700. We strongly advise that students enroll in our on-campus pre-paid spending account (LionCard) to avoid having large amounts of cash in dormitory rooms. Students may also use an automatic teller machine (ATM) located on campus if they have their own private bank account. Further details about the LionCard will be available to accepted students prior to the start of the session.


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Where can I buy my class supplies and books?

Students may purchase their books and supplies from the Exeter Bookstore, which is owned and operated by Barnes and Noble. The bookstore accepts personal checks, the LionCard, travelers checks, Barnes and Noble gift cards, and honors most major credit cards.  ACCESS EXETER students may purchase their books on Registration Day. UPPER SCHOOL students should wait until after their first class meeting before purchasing their textbooks. Students should refrain from purchasing textbooks prior to the start of Summer School as requirements may change.


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Are there any stores in Exeter within walking distance from campus?

Exeter is a small town with many shops and restaurants within walking distance. The campus is located in the center of town which makes it easy for students to walk downtown. Our Student Activities Office also organizes bus trips to local stores and malls throughout the summer.


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What are the dorms like?

Phillips Exeter Academy has brick dormitories that accommodate 30 to 60 students each, and several smaller wood-framed houses that accommodate 7 to 16 students. Girls and boys are housed separately and by grade. Dorm rooms are designed for single, double, or triple occupancy. Each dorm offers common areas for students to gather together to study or relax. Shared bathrooms and showers are located on each dorm floor.
To see images of our dorms and academic buildings please visit the online interactive campus map.


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What is included in each dorm room?

Each dorm room comes furnished with a bed, 2 sets of linens, blanket, pillow, dresser, desk, chair, closet or wardrobe, lamp, and wastebasket. Students are also supplied with towels and washcloths. The supplied sheets, towels and washcloths are laundered by E&R Laundry. Students should bring an additional towel for use at the pool or beach.


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May I bring a TV, refrigerator, or air conditioner for my dorm room?

No. These items, as well as any heavy electronic equipment or heat producing items, are not allowed in the dorm rooms. Students may bring a fan or purchase one in town.


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When will I know my dorm assignment?

Students will find out their dorm assignment on Registration Day.


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May I request a specific dorm room or roommate?

Requests for a certain type of room or dorm may be made in writing and must be received by May 1st.  Because we firmly believe that making new friends and getting along with all types of people are essential parts of the boarding school experience, we will not honor requests for specific roommates. You will have ample time to visit with your friends and/or family members.


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Who can I talk to if I need help during Summer School?

Every dormitory has resident and affiliated dorm faculty. Dorm faculty serve as advisors to the students in their dorms, which means that an adult is always available.


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What if I get sick during Summer School?

The Lamont Health and Wellness Center is located on campus and has walk-in services available during the day. Emergency services are available at all times, with a registered nurse on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A physician is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as well. All Summer School students are automatically enrolled in the Summer School Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan. The plan offers the same coverage as the Academic year plan.


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What type of food is served in the Dining Hall?

A variety of both hot and cold food choices are available at each meal. Vegetarian choices are always available; as well as a salad bar, sandwich bar, and pasta bar. Dining Services has more information about their meal options. All meals are included in the tuition.


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Where can I attend religious services during Summer School?

There are several churches within walking distance in Exeter. Evening Prayer is held twice a week in Phillips Church, located on campus. Additionally the Church offers spaces for student meditation and private prayer. Special accommodations to attend religious services held off-campus may be made during the summer.


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May I leave campus during my free time?

Students are allowed to leave campus on foot and walk around the town of Exeter in their free time. We ask that students not travel alone and that they let an adult in their dorm know where they are going. Students must be back in their dorms before check-in time. Students are allowed to leave the town of Exeter or ride in a vehicle only if they have a Parental Permission Form completed with the appropriate permissions given and if they have followed all of the Out-Of-Town procedures with the Summer School Office. Detailed information on the Out-Of-Town process and the Parental Permission Form will be provided to enrolled students before the start of Summer School.


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What type of on-campus activities will be offered?

Each summer the Student Activities Office schedules many fun events for students. In the past, these events have included carnivals, talent shows, dances, faculty versus student Frisbee and volleyball tournaments, and movie nights. They also organize many off-campus activities such as trips to Boston and local beaches, hikes in the White Mountains, and trips to local shopping centers, amusement parks, and museums. Off-campus trips require an additional fee to cover the cost of transportation and/or admission. Trip tickets will be sold through the Student Activities Office.


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What is the Lion Card and how do I use it?

Please visit the Lion Card FAQ page on the Student Accounts page for more information. An example of how to put money on your Lion Card and how to make a tuition payment using TouchNet can be viewed here.


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