Jay D. Tilton

Associate Director of Admissions
Jay Tilton


B.A. Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Why the Admissions Office at Phillips Exeter Academy? That’s easy. I’ve discovered a place that reflects my past experiences and shares the passions I have and the values I believe in. I’ve always had a love for athletics and, as the son of educators, learned at an early age how important a role education and sports could play in my life. The notion of “team” has always been important to me. And the Bissell House team is a good one. Every day provides a new challenge. Whether it’s traveling to Middle America in search of talented students or greeting prospective candidates on campus, our Admissions team takes great pride in helping others learn how Exeter could impact their lives.

After spending half of my early education in a public high school in Berlin, New Hampshire, I moved on to spend my final two years at New Hampton School. It was there that I first experienced dormitory life with students from all over the world. I’ve always valued both my public and private school experiences, and I frequently lean on them when discussing the merits of attending Exeter with candidates. It was during my undergraduate days at Hobart College, and later as a graduate student at Dartmouth College, where I learned what it’s like to be part of a Harkness class. It was definitely challenging at first, but once I found my voice, it afforded me the confidence to handle many of the future challenges that I’m faced with now, whether interviewing students or hosting Exeter Evenings on the road — and even in my passion for coaching. I have coached mens basketball at Dartmouth College and, for the past 11 years, have coached the boys varsity basketball team at Exeter. It’s incredibly gratifying to see our student athletes compete at a high level while balancing their academic challenges. When I think of the passion my colleagues share for working with bright, motivated kids, and the amount we get to laugh in the process, it’s easy for me to want to be a part of this team.

I can be reached by email at: jtilton@exeter.edu.