FAQs

Why should I learn about philosophy?

For more information on what you stand to gain from learning philosophy, visit here and here.

Why should I attend the Ohio State PACT Summer Camp?

First of all, because it’s fun. This isn’t a camp where you’ll simply hear other people talk about philosophy. It’s a camp where you’ll be doing philosophy yourself. You’ll investigate interesting topics through a variety of lively activities, from spirited debates to film analysis.

Second, because engaging in philosophy gives you incredibly valuable skills. It will strengthen your abilities in argument analysis, clear self-expression, critical thinking, and more—which will help you no matter where you’re going in life.

Last, because of the people you’ll meet. You’ll connect with other smart, like-minded students, and you’ll spend time with instructors who are leaders and rising stars in their fields of research. Making connections like these is a memorable, valuable experience, and it looks great on a college application, too! 

Who will my fellow scholars be?

Participants will be students just like you insofar as they are high school students who are interested in getting to know more about philosophy and engage in thoughtful discussions. 

Those accepted to the camp come from schools all across mid-Ohio, and sometimes from out-of-state. Coming from a diverse set of backgrounds, participants are given the opportunity to examine the issues at stake collaboratively and from a variety of perspectives. This is an educational opportunity that you may not be afforded within your own school.

What are the dates of the camp?

The 2018 Summer Camp will have two week-long sessions:

  • Session 1: Monday, June 10 - Friday, June 14
  • Session 2: Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21

When are applications due?

The application deadline for priority consideration is Friday, April 12, 2019. 

Where can I find the online application form?

Both the online application form and the required academic recommendation can be found on our application page in January of 2019.

When will I find out whether I've been accepted?

Participants will be notified of acceptance one week after the applications are due. Depending on the number of applications, some students may be placed on a waitlist.

When is tuition due?

Tuition for those students accepted on or after May 17, 2019 must be mailed by May 31, 2019. Payment should be in the form of a check or money order made out to "The Ohio State University" and sent to the following address:

Michelle Brown
OSU Dept. of Philosophy
350 University Hall
230 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

Is financial aid available?

Need-based financial aid is available. For more information please contact Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer at mckittrick-sweitzer.1@osu.edu.

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