Application FAQs


Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions from students during the application process.

Leadership Academies (Programs in the US)

Is my entire application due by the “application deadline or is it due on the Letter of Recommendation deadline?

Your “preliminary” application must be received by the application due date. So, for the current round, that is rolling. We build in a “grace period” to receive Letters of Recommendation. You can also choose to submit your supplemental essays by the Letter of Rec deadline, giving you an extra 1-2 weeks to get your other application materials to us.

I’m working on my personal statement but would like to give my teacher as much notice as possible for the Letter of Recommendation. Is there a way I can request that before I submit my application?

Applicants can access the Letter of Rec request form AFTER they submit their preliminary application and personal statement. If you would like to give your teacher some advance notice, you can provide him or her with this document.

I’m not sure which specific program I can attend or which would be the best option for me. Can I apply to more than one session?

Yes. You can select two different sessions when submitting an application. You can further clarify your interests when submitting your supplemental application materials. We generally make acceptance decisions based on the applicant, rather than the applicant’s interest in a specific session, so you won’t be advantaged (or disadvantaged) by applying to more than one session.

I’m not sure if I should apply “scholarship” or “regular” track?

Please be sure that you discuss participation with a parent before submitting an application. Only a parent is going to be able to appropriately advise on the best option for your family’s financial circumstances. Please see this section of our website for detailed information on questions related to financial aid.

Leadership Expeditions (Programs Abroad)

Do I need to provide a Letter of Recommendation?

No. We only require Letters of Rec for our Leadership Academies. For our international expeditions, we require a phone interview instead, which students schedule after submitting their preliminary application.

I’m interested in both an international expedition and a Leadership Academy. Can I apply to both?

Yes. Every year we have students that do both an international expedition and an academy. After you submit your preliminary application you’ll be able to complete the supplemental materials for each program and then receive admission decisions accordingly. By submitting an application to both programs, you are keeping your options open and can ultimately choose (if accepted) to participate in both or only one.