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Areté Academy | FAQ


Arete Academy

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the program named Areté Academy?

The name Areté Academy is derived from St. Paul’s exhortation to those who follow Christ to set their minds on areté or ’excellence’ (Philippians 4:8). Areté is ancient Greek, denoting moral excellence and virtue, specifically living up to your full potential and God-given calling.

Why are attendees called ‘Delegates?’

A delegate is one designated to act for or represent someone else. Areté Academy attendees are known as ‘Delegates’ because as Christians, we are commissioned to serve as Christ’s delegates to mankind. Areté Academy Delegates are reminded by this designation that they are representatives of Christ within their callings as outstanding professionals.

What are the criteria for selection?

Criteria for selection are based upon academic achievement, professional leadership potential, and demonstrated Christian commitment.

Who can apply for Areté Academy?

Areté Academy is open to university students and young professionals. You are eligible to apply if you will complete your first year at university before attending Areté Academy. If you have questions regarding eligibility, please contact us.

Do all my application materials need to be received by the deadline?

Yes. All application items must be uploaded to your online application file by midnight on the deadline date. It is your responsibility to remind recommenders of the deadline date for their letters of recommendation.

Are unofficial transcripts accepted?

Yes. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. Please make sure any unofficial transcripts include the full list of your completed university courses and grades obtained in each course.

What is the process for letters of recommendation?

You will be asked to simply provide the name and email addresses of your recommenders in the Letters of Recommendation section of the online application. An email will automatically be sent to the recommenders with an online recommendation form. After the recommender submits the form online, it will be sent directly to the Areté Academy staff.

If you choose to review the letters of recommendation, you may request a copy of the recommendation form be provided to you by email, and it is your responsibility to transmit that document to your recommenders. After they complete your recommendation, the recommenders–or you—can email or mail the completed form to the Areté Academy staff or

When will I know if I’ve been accepted?

Applicants will be notified by email approximately six (6) weeks after the application deadline. Applicants who are accepted will then have approximately one week to accept the offer by providing additional information online.

How much does it cost to attend Areté Academy?

ADF International and its partner Alliance Defending Freedom cover lodging, educational materials, and most meals for each Areté Delegate. Additionally, a travel bursary will also be provided to each Delegate for qualifying airfare or bus fares. Delegates are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the airport, if necessary, as well as any personal expenses incurred while attending Areté Academy.

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Questions About Areté Academy?

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Kirsten Gillson at

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