Bill Leahy P’12, ’14
Director of Admission
Each year families from around the world explore the notion of boarding school, researching schools and eventually narrowing their lists to a handful of possibilities. With deadlines approaching, as prospective students roll up their sleeves and work to complete applications, our office receives many phone calls with commonly asked questions. In the spirit of the season of giving, I wanted to share a few of our most common responses to questions about the application, interviews, and test scores:
Q: I want to apply, but the deadline is drawing near. Is there time to complete my application?
A: Yes! The process is easier than you might think. Visit our website for detailed instructions, or simply follow these three steps:
- Submit your application online.
- Schedule an admission interview.
- Take the appropriate standardized test.
Q: I can’t travel to campus for an interview. What can I do?
A: Schedule an in-person or Skype interview with an Alumni Admission Representative (AAR) in your area. Interviewing off campus is by no means a disadvantage. AARs offer a unique perspective and are more than happy to share their Andover experiences with you. (schedule an off-campus interview)
Q: My SSAT results aren’t as strong as I had hoped. Should I still apply?
A: This is perhaps our most commonly asked question. Just as our admission committee would never render a decision based solely on one piece of the application, a student shouldn’t decide whether or not to apply based solely on a test score, and there is no minimum score requirement for acceptance. That said, if you wish to improve your scores, consider a second SSAT test date, or try the ISEE. Tests are offered in January and even the first week of February. Remember, we only consider your best results from each test, so be sure and include all of them with your application.
Q: What does Andover look for in prospective students?
A: Students are our most cherished asset and a major factor in your experience at a boarding school. As such, we’re conscious of and intentional about the notion of fit for a community like Andover. Every year, admission decisions are a product of the strength and makeup of that year’s pool of applicants. Although the pool differs from year to year, we can tell you that Andover students are sure to possess common characteristics: 1) They’re smart. 2) They understand it’s cool to be smart. 3) They’re extremely enthusiastic about the notion of attending Andover. 4) Andover students are impactful. They arrive on campus and take advantage of the many unique opportunities our community presents. 5) Above all else, Andover students are NICE!
If this describes you, by all means, put your best foot forward and Go For It! We want to give you every opportunity to join the Andover community.
As always, if you have questions about test scores or the application process and wish to speak to a member of the admission committee, call us at 978-749-4050.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!
Bill Leahy P’10, ’14
Director of Admission