Residence Life

Residence Life Overview


All Duke Intensive STEM Academy participants are required to live on-campus for the duration of the program. Accommodations will be in one of the residence halls on Duke University’s historic West Campus and within walking distance of Duke Chapel, Perkins Library, Duke Gardens, dining facilities, and classrooms.

Participants will also have the full-time support of a robust residential and administrative staff. You will be assigned to a residential group of approximately 20 classmates and under the mentorship of a Resident Assistant (RA). Your Resident Assistant will help ensure that you thrive academically and socially.


Duke was recently ranked first on The Daily Meal’s list of best college food in America.  Intensive STEM Academy participants will be given food points, which you will use to dine at campus eateries of your choice. Unused food points will not be refunded. With Duke’s state-of-the-art dining facilities, you will be able to select from a wide variety of enjoyable and healthful dining options.

If you decide to venture off campus and explore Durham, you will discover what Southern Living has deemed as “The South’s Tastiest Town”. Although you will not be able to use your food points off-campus, you may still wish to explore Durham’s extraordinary array of restaurants.

Residential Activities

We believe the world-class academic experience we offer our participants should be matched by a phenomenal residential experience. For this reason, we provide you with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of clubs every day.  No matter your interests, we have a club for you.

Typical Daily Schedule

Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast - optional
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. STEM Course - required
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch – optional
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. STEM Course - required
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Clubs and Residential Activities - optional
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Dinner and Residential Activities
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Residential Program Activities and On-Campus Exploration - optional
9:30 p.m. Residence Hall Meeting  - required
11:00 p.m. Quiet Time

Please Note: You are required to be on campus after 9:00 p.m. and to be in the residence hall after 9:30 p.m. unless a structured residential activity has been organized and is supervised by staff.