Eligibility, Cost, and Accommodations


To be eligible for the Ashbrook Academy, you must be a rising junior or seniors in high school (i.e. beginning your junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2019).

College Credit

Participants in the Ashbrook Academy will receive two elective credits in Political Science from Ashland University for successfully completing the requirements of the Academy. This credit can be used toward an undergraduate degree at Ashland or could be transferred to another institution.

Program Fees

The cost of the Ashbrook Academy is $750, which includes all instructional materials, room and board (including all meals), transportation to and from a local airport (if necessary), two elective credits in Political Science from Ashland University, and all daily activities. Students will not be reimbursed for mileage to and from the Academy or for airfare. Once accepted, participants must pay a $400 deposit by June 1 to maintain their position in the program.


All participants will stay in air-conditioned double-occupancy dormitories on the campus of Ashland University during the Academy. Male and female participants will be housed on separate floors. AU’s award-winning student dining services will provide all meals.

About the Ashbrook Academy

Ashbrook for…

The Ashbrook Academies are summer programs designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who share a deep interest in American history, politics, and economics. Unlike other courses or programs that tend to erode young Americans’ proper pride in their country by emphasizing its historical failures, the Academy invites students to consider the American experiment as a historical triumph, a victory for reason and the human spirit that warrants grateful celebration but also demands serious study.

The Academy on American History meets for seven days (June 16-22, 2019), while the Academy on Political Economy meets for three days (July 22-24, 2019). Both convene at the Ashbrook Center on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio immersing participants in a deep study of the biggest challenges that have faced our Republic.

The Ashbrook Academies take history, politics, and economics out of textbooks and into your life. By the end of the program, students will have acquired a deep understanding of the fundamental principles that define and unite us as Americans.