Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What does this Ashbrook Academy cost?
A. This Academy costs $500. 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 one elective credit 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 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 also have one of the only Political Economy programs in the country. 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 before June 1. 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 applications open on February 1. 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 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.

Q. Where is Ashland University located?
A. Ashland University is located in Ashland, Ohio, a small rural community of approximately 20,000 residents 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 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 three days (July 20-24, 2020) at the Ashbrook Center on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio 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.