Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What does the Ashbrook Academy cost?
A. The Ashbrook Academy costs $750. This fee covers all expenses related to the program including room and board, instructional materials, transportation to and from the Cleveland airport (if necessary), and all daily activities. It also includes two elective credits in Political Science from Ashland University.

Q. Will the Ashbrook Academy reimburse me for mileage to and from Ashland or for my airfare to Cleveland?
A. No. Those expenses are not covered by the $750 program fee.

Q. Do I have to fly into Cleveland for the Academy? I found a better-priced ticket at a different nearby airport.
A. You do not have to fly into Cleveland, but if you fly in elsewhere, we will not be able to provide you transportation to campus. As long as you are able to find transportation to Ashland (at your expense), you may fly into another airport.

Q. Do I have to use the college credits that I earn through the Academy at Ashland University?
A. No. The credits you earn will be transferrable to other institutions. However, we believe that Ashland University is one of the best universities in America for students interested in Political Science and History. We encourage you to explore our programs and, specifically, the Ashbrook Scholar Program.

Q. How do I apply to the Ashbrook Academy?
A. You apply online here. The application is relatively easy to complete. We will just need some basic information about you, such as name, address, contact info, GPA, and test scores. We also require a letter of recommendation from someone who knows you academically and an essay from you explaining why you are interested in attending the Academy.

Q. After I apply, how soon will I know if I have been accepted?
A. We will begin reviewing applications shortly after the start of the new year. We will accept applicants on a rolling basis through May 1. Our intention is to provide acceptance decisions to applicants within a month of their application being completed. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than May 15.

Q. Where will participants be housed during the Academy?
A. All participants in the Ashbrook Academy will be housed in air-conditioned double-occupancy dormitories at Ashland University. Each room has a bed, a desk, a wardrobe, and a dresser for each resident. The dormitories utilize community bathrooms and have access to a kitchen and laundry machines. Male and female participants will be housed on separate floors.

Q. Where is Ashland University located?
A. Ashland University is located in Ashland, Ohio, a small rural community of about 20,000 about halfway between Cleveland and Columbus on Interstate 71.

Q. Are there specific GPA or ACT/SAT score requirements to be accepted into the Academy?
A. No. Each application for the Academy will be considered in its totality. High school GPA and test scores from the ACT and SAT will be a few factors among many considered. Other factors considered will include leadership activities in school and extracurriculars, strength of recommendations, and the quality of your personal statement.

About the Ashbrook Academy in American History

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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 16-22, 2019) 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.