Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What do the Ashbrook Academies cost?
A. The Ashbrook Academy on American History cost $750. The Academy on Political Economy is $500. These fees cover 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 the elective credits in Political Science from Ashland University that participants receive.

Q. May I apply to more than one academy?
A. Certainly! You may apply to all three if you would like.  We ask applicants to provide us with a preference for which of the two Academies on American History they would like to participate in because those academies run concurrently.  However, it is possible to apply and be accepted to one of the Academies on American History and the Academy on Political Economy.

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 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 credit that I earn through the Academy at Ashland University?
A. No. The credit 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 may apply online after we open up applications shortly after the first of the year. The application is relatively easy to complete. We 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 review and accept applications on a rolling basis. 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 for the Academies on American History and June 15 for the Academy on Political Economy.

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.

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 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

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 14-20, 2020), while the Academy on Political Economy meets for five days (July 20-24, 2020). 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.