Leadership Giving

Be Part of the South Campus Transformation

Construction of the David E. Goel & Stacey L. Goel Center for Theater and Dance and a new field house is now underway. Learn more about the projects, which will help extend Harkness learning beyond the classroom.

There are many opportunities to join with the Academy to transform this area of campus and provide state-of-the-art spaces that will help propel student creativity, collaboration and exploration to new heights.

How the Endowment Works

The Academy's endowment is a collection of nearly 1,400 individual funds, each one a gift to the Academy from generations of alumni and families. Despite its size, the endowment's ability to cover operating expenses is limited: Most funds are directed by specific donor-established guidelines, and Exeter employs a strict policy that allows only a small portion of the endowment to be spent each year. This careful stewardship lets Exeter provide for today's students while protecting the gift of an Exeter education for generations to come.

Attracting Promising Students from Every Quarter

When Yuna Evans ’13 submitted her application to Exeter, she “knew the odds were against” being able to attend, due to the competitive applicants and the cost of tuition. “Despite my doubts,” she says, “I was accepted … and I received a financial scholarship for my entire four years. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Mr. Jim Peterson ’63, it was possible for me to become an Exonian.” Read more.

Expanding Global Engagement

During the 2014-15 school year, one-third of the student body (338 Exonians) participated in 38 separate travel experiences on four continents. An additional 37 faculty members traveled as chaperones or co-learners, enriching classroom teaching upon their return. Thanks to our donors, the Academy met the participants financial needs for every program.

"We want to give our students and faculty rich opportunities to infuse our curriculum with fresh perspectives and experiences," says Director of Global Initiatives Eimer Page, whose work is made possible by the Goel Fund. Learn more about Exeter's efforts to expand global opportunities for students and faculty.

Unrestricted Gifts = Immediate Impact 

Last year leadership gifts accounted for 83% of total Exeter Fund dollars. The Exeter Fund is the Academy’s number one fundraising priority, providing vital, flexible-use resources that enable the Academy to sustain the hallmarks of an Exeter education. Your gift to the Exeter Fund provides immediate support to many areas such as athletics, financial aid, faculty support, the arts, technology and student life.


There are 37 endowed teaching positions, which serve to honor our exceptional faculty and provide enriching professional development opportunities and initiatives, including independent research, educational travel, advanced study and more.

$19.3 million

The investment in an Exeter education is a major financial commitment for many families. This year, 45.7 percent of Exeter students will receive $19.3 million in financial aid.


The richness of academic and athletic offerings, the small class sizes, the off-campus opportunities and the state-of-the-art facilities all add up to this: The true cost per student to attend Exeter is nearly double the tuition.


Tuition at Exeter covers only 29 percent of the cost of an Exeter education. Fundraising makes up most of the difference.


The endowment finances more than half of our annual budget.


Most of the 1,400-plus funds in the Academy endowment are restricted and directed by specific donor-established guidelines.