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 $6,425. 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 16, 2018.

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

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How do I apply?

We begin accepting applications December 4, 2017. 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. 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, 10, 11, and 12.

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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 does not carry academic credit. 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 (919) 684-8277 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 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?

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?

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 happens if a participant is suspected of violation of the Duke Community Standard or involvement of illegal activity?

Should an alleged violation of the Duke Community Standard by a participant occur, a programmatic investigation will take place. This investigation will not include participation in the Duke University student conduct adjudication process outlined here. Suspicion of illegal activity may include involvement from the Duke Campus Police or the Durham local police force.

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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:

  • Signed Duke Community Standard
  • Signed Summer Academy Participant Agreement
  • 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 (teacher recommendations must be accompanied by our teacher recommendation form)
  • Signed Global Giver Participant Agreement (Global Giver course cancelled)
  • Signed Minors in Duke Laboratories Agreement (if you selected The Global Researcher or Mathematician as one of your choices)

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 will receive an admission decision within three (3) weeks of submitting a complete application.

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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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