How to Apply to Exeter Summer

Exeter Summer Dates

July 2 - August 4th, 2017

Students must be able to attend the full 5 weeks.

Available to Boarding and Day Students

ACCESS EXETER - for rising 8th and 9th (ACCESS EXETER applicants must be in 7th grade with a birth date no later than December 31, 2004)

ACCESS EXETER is now full, we are no longer accepting applications.

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

We are still accepting applications for UPPER SCHOOL, please apply as soon as possible.


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.

  • Exeter Summer Application - Required for Application - submitted online
  • Application Fee
    • $65 - 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 
    • As part of the online application, you will request recommendations from your teachers by entering their email address 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


Required for Application - emailed to directly from your school:

  • Official Grade Report/Transcript
    • For at least one semester or quarter from the current school year 2016-2017. 

Non-native English Speakers

Items submitted in PDF format from the student by email to

  • Graded Paper
    • A recently graded paper, written in English, with teacher's comments. This can be sent by the student or a teacher at your request.
  • TOEFL score greater than 100
    • Only required for ​UPPER SCHOOL students if English has not been your primary language of instruction for the past four years and you wish to enroll in The Hamm Leadership Program.

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

Financial Aid Applicants

Items submitted in PDF format by email to by February 15, 2017:

  • Financial Aid Questionnaire
  • Supporting Documents
    • IRS 1040 and W2 or 1099 forms from all parents listed on application from 2015 or 2016. 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.

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 Deadline of February 15, 2017 in order to be considered for financial aid. 

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

Exeter Summer has a rolling admissions policy and begins reviewing applications in December. Typically, we send first acceptances in December. Exeter Summer, which often fills to capacity early, 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 /