The School for Ethics and Global Leadership


Below are answers to some frequently asked questions the Admissions Office receives. As always, please contact us should you have questions that are not answered on our website.
How many students are in each class?
We aim to enroll approximately 24 students in each cohort.
When should I start my application?
Students and families should begin their application in the fall/winter of the student’s sophomore (or, occasionally, junior) year.
What does the application include?
The SEGL application includes providing basic contact information, writing samples, two teacher recommendations, a parent/guardian statement, a graded paper, and a transcript.
What does SEGL look for in applicants?
To start, we are interested in students who want to attend SEGL to shape themselves into ethical leaders who will create positive change in our world. Additionally, students who are accepted into our community must demonstrate that they are capable of and motivated for advanced, college-preparatory academic work. Whether your school has many resources or few, your academic record must show that you have taken full advantage of them. Your record must show a willingness to live by SEGL’s social contract: Because you will be given significant trust and responsibility from the beginning of the semester, you must not have a significant history of dishonest and/or irresponsible behavior—academic or otherwise. Among other ethical considerations, you must be willing to spend your time at the school drug and alcohol free (please do not apply if you think you might be tempted to break this rule!). Finally, your personal essays and your teacher recommendations must show a commitment to the mission of our school.
Does SEGL enroll international students?
Yes, SEGL will occasionally enroll international students. We have the capacity to issue F-1 student visas to our Washington, DC program only. Please contact the admissions office to learn more about this process and additional requirements prior to submitting an application.
How can I afford a SEGL education?
SEGL strives to have a need-blind admissions policy, meaning we do not factor family circumstances into admissions decisions. We additionally strive to meet the demonstrated financial need of all admitted students. Families who seek financial aid should file Parent Financial Statements with the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS), a program of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), by February 15. Financial aid grants are provided with admissions decisions in mid-March. SEGL will also work with families to address circumstances that the SSS does not highlight, as well as “hidden” expenses like transit to/from campus and business attire. For more information, please visit our Tuition and Financial Assistance page.
Does SEGL have a political affiliation?
Though political leaders from across the spectrum will meet with SEGL students throughout the semester, the School is not aligned with any political group and does not seek to promote a political agenda. Our firm belief is that ethical challenges are not solved with sound bites, but with honest reflection and dialogue that includes as many differing perspectives as possible. With this in mind, we strive to provide a balanced spectrum of political ideas to our students. We challenge students to think deeply and critically, but we do not attempt to prescribe the outcome of students’ thinking.
Do I need a passport?
Students need a valid passport for both our Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England programs. The passport expiration date must be at least 6 months after the program concludes.