Eligibility, Cost, and Accommodations


To be eligible for the Ashbrook Academy, you must be a rising junior or senior in high school beginning your junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2020.

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 in American History

Ashbrook for…

The Ashbrook Academy in American History is a summer program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who share a deep interest in American history and politics. 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. We welcome your participation.

The Academy meets for seven days (June 14-20, 2020) 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. We hold two separate academies simultaneously – one that surveys the most important questions that have faced our nation from its founding to the civil rights era and a second that provides a more focused study on the Civil War era for more advanced students.

The Ashbrook Academy takes history 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.