Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of Summer Academy for High School Students? Are there other fees I should know about?

The program fee is $6,150.00. The program fee covers expenses associated with the daytime course and film series and expos, dormitory housing, dining, academic supplies, airport transportation to/from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), optional linen pack rental, and recreational activities sponsored by Summer Academy.

Final payment due date is April 14. 2017

NOT included in the program fee are airfare, books, and meals purchased off campus.

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How do I apply?

We will begin accepting applications, online or paper, on December 1, 2016. Please review the checklist to ensure you have submitted a complete application with all supporting documentation, as we will not review your application until it is complete. If you prefer to submit a paper application, please email us at with your request and we will send you the paper application form. Checks, money orders, and credit card payments are accepted. A $35 fee will be charged for a check returned due to insufficient funds.

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Who is eligible to apply?

Students currently in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

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What is the difference between Summer Academy and Summer College for High School Students programs?

While students receive Duke credit and a transcript in the Summer College for High School students, the Summer Academy experience is designed for personal enrichment.

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If I require assistance with the application, who do I contact?

You can email or you can call 919-684-6259 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

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Can I live off-campus?

No, Summer Academy for High School Students is a residential program and students are required to live on campus.

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Can Summer Academy students use the gym?

Yes, Summer Academy students will have the opportunity to use a gym off campus for an additional fee.

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Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is not available for the summer of 2017.

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What do I have to submit with my application?

In addition to the application form, whether online or paper, and the $50 application fee, you must submit the following:

  • A copy of your high school transcript (or transcripts, if you have attended more than one high school) that records all your high school grades with a current GPA.
  • One teacher recommendation.
  • Standardized test scores such as PSAT, SAT, ACT or a state standardized test, if available.
  • An essay stating why you are uniquely qualified for this program and an explanation of your interest in the classes for which you are applying. Two strong paragraphs are sufficient.
  • A resume highlighting your academic and non-academic experiences.  Please include any community service, extracurricular activities, leadership roles, or awards you have won.

Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete, including payment of the application fee. Please use the application checklist to ensure you are submitting a complete application.

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How does the application process work?

Once your application is complete, we will review it and send you an email with the enrollment decision within three weeks of the receipt of the entire application. You will be notified if any part of your application is missing.

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How many courses can I take?

You will be enrolled in one course for personal enrichment. The course descriptions can be found here.

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When can I expect to hear about my admission status?

Admissions decisions will be made on a “rolling” basis and you may expect to hear within three weeks of submitting a complete application. Apply early as spaces fill quickly. The application deadline is April 28, 2017. Individuals who apply late may be placed on a waiting list, if all spaces have been previously reserved.

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Where will I live?

You will live in a residence hall on Duke University’s West Campus where you will be within easy walking distance of classroom buildings, dining facilities, libraries, the Duke Gardens, and the student union.

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Will attending Summer Academy increase my chances of being admitted to Duke University as a regular undergraduate degree candidate?

Participating in Summer Academy for High School Students and mentioning that you did so on your college application is likely to be viewed by admissions counselors as one indicator of academic seriousness. However, it is just one indicator among many factors that are assessed in a comprehensive application review and does not guarantee an offer of admission. For additional information regarding Duke University's admissions process, see this page.

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