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 $6,745. 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 rental, and recreational activities sponsored by Summer Academy.

Final payment due date is on or before April 15, 2019.

NOT included in the program fee are the cost of airfare, books, the recreational center fee (if desired), and meals purchased off campus.

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How do I apply?

We begin accepting applications December 3, 2018. 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 enrichment and 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 summeracademy@duke.edu 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?

Yes, Summer Academy participants who are 16 years old and above will have the option to purchase a summer gym membership on campus.  The cost of membership is $74. Please note that participants using the gym will be required to sign our online waiver prior to the start of the program.  The waiver must also be signed by a parent/guardian.

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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, whether 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 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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How do I select a course?

On your application you will be required to list your top three courses 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 CampDoc.com. 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 CampDoc.com. 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 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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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 amount 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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