Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What does the Ashbrook Academy cost?
A. The Ashbrook Academy costs $200. This fee covers all expenses related to the program including instructional materials and two elective credits in Political Science from Ashland University.

Q. What technical requirements will I need to meet in order to participate in the online academy format?
A. In order to participate in the online seminars, you will need a steady internet connection, a webcam, and a mic.  The seminars will be conducted using WebEx, a free video conferencing platform.

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 June 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 June 5.

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 Political Economy

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The Ashbrook Academy in Political Economy is a summer program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who share a deep interest in the relationship that exists between economics and good government.

We often discuss the Founding Fathers’ plan for government in America, but what plans did they make for America’s economic future? How were their economic plans related to the form of government they chose and vice versa? In this academy, we will explore these questions in light of two important works published in 1776: the Declaration of Independence and Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations.

The Academy meets for five days (July 20-24, 2020) immersing participants in a study of the biggest economic challenges that faced our young Republic through a discussion-based curriculum based on a deep analysis of primary sources. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this summer’s academy will be conducted in an online format.