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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 when 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 recent graduates. You are eligible to apply if you will complete your first year of schooling 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 11:59 PM on the deadline date (Mountain Standard Time, GMT/UTC -7:00). It is your responsibility to remind recommenders of the deadline date for their letters of recommendation. Exceptions are made only for the required academic transcripts; however, your request for such transcripts must be made before the deadline date.

Are unofficial transcripts accepted?

Yes. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. Screenshots of a transcript, however, are not accepted.

What is the process for letters of recommendation?

The Areté Academy application includes a recommendation form for you to provide to each of your recommenders. A general letter of recommendation is not required.

If you prefer not to review the letters of recommendation, you may simply provide the name and email addresses of your recommenders. An email will automatically be sent to the recommenders with the 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, a Word document will be provided to you, and it is your responsibility to transmit that document to your recommenders. After they complete your recommendation, the recommenders – or you – can email, mail, or fax the completed form to the Areté Academy staff or .

When will I know if I’ve been accepted?

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

How much does it cost to attend Areté Academy?

ADF International and its global partner Alliance Defending Freedom cover transportation*, lodging, educational materials, and most meals for each Areté Delegate. 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.

*Transportation – Reasonable cost of airfare within the continent will be covered. Flights to and from local (nonhub) airports are excluded. Exceptions apply.

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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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