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How to Apply to Exeter Summer

Exeter Summer Dates

July 6 - August 8, 2020

Students must be able to attend the full 5 weeks. Students must be 13 years old before September 1, 2020.

2020 Summer Application

Online Exeter Summer Application

Review the ACCESS EXETER or UPPER SCHOOL course catalog prior to submitting your application in order to make your course/cluster and sport selections within the application.

  • Application Fee
    • $70 - Domestic: home address within the U.S.A. and U.S. territories
    • $100 - International: home address not within the U.S.A. or U.S. territories
  • Personal Essay
    • One to two pages, including a description of your interests and abilities along with any other background information you wish to share. In addition, please describe a significant event, person, or experience that has influenced your outlook on life and your goals: or describe your involvement in a specific activity of particular importance to you. Finally, your essay should include a statement outlining your reasons for wanting to attend Exeter Summer.
  • Recommendations and Transcript
    • As part of the online application, you will provide teachers names and email addresses on the application. Teachers will receive an email with a link to your online recommendation form and you will be able to monitor the status of each recommendation request and take action if necessary. Detailed information regarding the recommendation process.
      • 1 Current Math or Science Teacher
      • 1 Current English or Humanities Teacher
      • 1 Current Guidance Counselor or Principal - Please Note: this person must also upload your official Grade Report/Transcript for at least one semester or quarter from the current school year with the recommendation

Available to Boarding and Day Students

ACCESS EXETER - for rising 8th and 9th (ACCESS EXETER applicants must be 13 years old by September 1, 2020)

UPPER SCHOOL - for rising 10th, 11th, 12th, and PG

Non-Native English Speakers

All courses require student participation in class discussions.

UPPER SCHOOL students must have a high level of English proficiency.

ACCESS EXETER students must be fully fluent in English.

Financial Aid Applicants

Items that must be submitted in addition to the application, recommendations and transcript:

  • Financial Aid Questionnaire
  • Supporting Documents
    • IRS 1040 and W2 or 1099 forms for all parents listed on application. All forms must be from the same year. 

Important: Please include the applicant's full name at the top of each document or in the file name itself.

  • Be aware that being a candidate for financial aid places a student in a more competitive situation for admission.
  • Our limited resources preclude offering financial aid to international students.
  • Students who have received financial aid from Exeter Summer in the past are not eligible to receive financial aid again.

Your completed Financial Aid Questionnaire, supporting documents - IRS 1040, and W2 or 1099, Exeter Summer Application with personal essay, Recommendations, and Official Transcripts must all be received by the financial aid deadline. Please review Exeter Summer Tuition and Financial Aid for more details.

Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that Exeter Summer receives all required documents.


The Exeter Summer Admissions Committee will not consider an application until all required materials have been received. It is the responsibility of the applicant and family to ensure that all papers are submitted promptly. Late or missing documents may jeopardize a candidate’s chances of admission.

Note to Parents:

We urge parents not to encourage their children to attend Exeter Summer unless the students themselves are strongly motivated to do so. A student who enrolls reluctantly is unlikely to have a happy or productive experience.

Apply Early

The summer application typically opens in December. Exeter Summer has a rolling admissions policy and reviews applications once they are complete. Exeter Summer often fills to capacity early and cannot accept all of the qualified applicants who seek admission. We strongly advise candidates to submit their completed applications early. You should be aware that certain courses fill quickly; if you apply early, you increase your chances of getting into your first choice of course selections. ACCESS EXETER students who apply early have a better chance of being placed in their academic cluster of choice. Once we have reached school capacity, the Admissions Committee establishes a waiting list.

Interviews and entrance examinations are not normally required. Exeter Summer admits male and female students of any race, color, religion, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the school. Exeter Summer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, hiring practices, or athletic and other administered programs.

Exeter Summer

20 Main Street, Exeter, NH 03833

603-777-3488 / summer@exeter.edu