Frequently Asked Questions

What does the fee for Summer Academy for High School Students 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.

Final payment due date is on or before April 15, 2020.

NOT included in the program fee are the cost of airfare, books, the Millenium gym fee (if desired) ), meals purchased off campus and items 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 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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What is the difference between Summer Academy and Summer College for High School Students programs?

The Summer Academy experience is designed for personal and academic enrichment; participants receive a certificate and a narrative assessment. Students enrolled in the Summer College for High School Students receive Duke academic credit and a Duke University transcript.

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

You can email or you can call +1(919) 684-8277 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm EST, Monday to Friday.

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Can I live off campus?

Summer Academy for High School Students is a residential program and students are required to live on campus. We do offer a commuter program through the Accelerated STEM Academy.

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Will Summer Academy students be able to use Duke’s Recreation Center?

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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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 have 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 the courses for which you are applying.
  • 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.

Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete, including payment of the application fee. Please follow  the application directions 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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How do I select a course?

On your application you will be required to list your top course choices. If you are only interested in one course, please list that course choice. In your acceptance letter you will be notified of the two courses that you have been approved for. You will be notified of the course you are enrolled in when you arrive to campus.

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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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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 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 Undergraduate 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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