Frequently Asked Questions

What does the program fee of the Accelerated STEM Academy cover?

The program fee covers expenses associated with the daytime course, film series, expos, dormitory housing, dining, academic supplies, ground transportation to/from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), optional linen pack usage, and recreational activities sponsored by Summer Session. The program fee for the commuter program covers expenses associated with the daytime course, lunches, academic supplies, and recreational activities sponsored by the program.  Please note that the program fee does not cover the cost of dinner.

Final payment due date is April 15, 2020.

NOT included in the program fee are the cost of airfare, meals purchased off campus, the Millenium gym fee (if desired) and items purchased for personal use.

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How do I apply?

We begin accepting applications December 3, 2019. You access our application on our program's homepage. Please review the application checklist to ensure you have submitted a complete application with all supporting documentation, as we will only review your application after it is complete. The application fee is $50. Checks, money orders, and credit card payments are accepted as payment for the application fee. 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 grades 9 – 12 are eligible to apply.

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

You can email or you can call +1(919) 684-6259 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday.

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Is financial aid available?

We offer limited financial aid in partnership with various community-based organizations. We do not distribute scholarships directly to students. Students and their families may wish to contact their own local scholarship organizations, non-profits, and community-based organizations to explore financial funding opportunities.

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What do I need to submit with my application?

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

  • An essay stating why you are uniquely qualified for this program and interested in this program.
  • A résumé highlighting your academic and non-academic experiences.
  • High school transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • Teacher Recommendation Form – Letters of recommendations must be accompanied by our Teacher Recommendation Form.

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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 will receive an admission decision within three weeks of submitting a complete application.

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How do I submit the required medical documents?

Shortly after you have been accepted into the program and paid your deposit, you will receive an email with information about This is the platform we use for parents and participants to easily submit their medical information. You will be invited to create a profile in our section of Once you are logged in, you will be able to complete a form and submit necessary medical information.

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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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Can I go to the Duke gyms?

While you are not allowed to use Duke’s on-campus gym, you may sign up for the Millenium Sports Club to work out during your time at Duke.  Below are some important guidelines:

  • The cost for all programs up to one month is $25 USD, paid to Millenium Sports Club in cash on your first visit to the gym. Please note that, although the STEM program only allows for three visits to the Millenium Sports Club, the fee remains $25 USD.
  • You must sign and upload the Millenium Sports Club Waiver by the deadline (May 14, 2020).  You will not be able to sign up after these deadlines. You will submit your anticipated workout schedule in CampDoc when you upload the Waiver form.
  • You will not use the locker room or showering facilities at the Millenium Sports Club.
  • You will be able to use all equipment during your workout, but you will not sign up for group classes.
  • Gym hours are as follows:

STEM (residential and extended): Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday during gym club 4:30 – 5:45pm 
Summer Academy: Monday – Thursday during gym club 4:30 – 5:45pm; Saturday and Sunday 10 – noon and 2 – 5:45pm
Summer College: Monday – Thursday 10 – noon, 2-4pm and 4:30 – 5:45pm; Saturday and Sunday 10 – noon and 2 – 5:45pm

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Do I need to register for housing?

No, our Summer Session for High School Students staff will do that for you.

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Will I be able to do my laundry while I am staying on campus?

Yes, you will be able to do laundry while you are on campus. There are laundry machines in the residence halls that you will be able to pay to use. The machines take quarters, so bring some with you.

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

Participating in the Accelerated STEM Academy 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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Will participants be supervised during the program?

Yes, our participants will be supervised by our staff members at all times during the program. While no participants will be allowed to explore campus or go off campus without staff supervision, our robust residential program ensures that everyone has a wide array of enriching and engaging activities from which to choose on a daily basis.

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How many international students are in the program?

We are proudly committed to the development of global citizens. For this reason, we strive to have an equal number of U.S. and international students in our programs. Historically, we have found that the composition of each of our programs varies. Summer College has a higher percentage of international students than the others, with the Accelerated STEM Academy having the lowest. While Summer Academy’s second term typically has an equal ratio of U.S. to international students, we anticipate that few international students will enroll in the first term due to the conflict with international school calendars.

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