Residence Life

Students posing in front of mural

Housing

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

You will also have the full-time support of a robust residential and administrative staff. You will be assigned to a residential group of approximately 15 classmates and under the mentorship of a Resident Assistant (RA). Your RA will help ensure that you thrive academically and socially.

Dining

Duke was recently ranked first on The Daily Meal’s list of best college food in America.  As a Summer Academy participant, you will be given a combination of meal swipes and food points, which you will use to dine at campus eateries of your choice. Unused meal swipes and 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 with your RA group, 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 wish to explore Durham’s extraordinary array of restaurants with your RA group.

Residential Activities

At Duke Summer Academy, we believe the world-class academic experience we offer you should be complemented by a phenomenal residence life. For this reason, we provide you with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of clubs on a daily basis. Whether you are interested in anything from photography to team sports, hiking to drama, or group fitness to gaming, we have a club for you.  

We also place all of our students into “RA Groups”.  These tight-knit communities are each led by one RA and participate in a wide variety of daily activities.  While many of these activities will take place on Duke’s West Campus, others will involve exploring other parts of campus and Durham, such as the Nasher Museum of Art, Southpoint Mall, Durham’s Ninth Street, and the University of North Carolina.  These activities are designed not only to be engaging and enriching, but to cultivate a sense of community and belonging.   

Finally, each weekend we offer an assortment of on- and off-campus excursions led and accompanied by RAs. Whether you are interested in hiking in one of North Carolina’s premier state parks, eating hot dogs at a Durham Bulls baseball game, or going shopping with friends, our residential staff will ensure that your summer is not only academically enriching, but also lots of fun. 

Weeknight Academics

We are proud to offer a variety of academic enrichment opportunities. These extracurricular activities are designed to inspire and guide you towards a life of academic success.

SAT/ACT Expo

Taking the SAT or ACT is a crucial part of the college admissions process for many high school students. Attend this Weeknight Expo to learn more about the format, scoring, and content of these two exams. Not only will you learn key test-taking strategies, but you will also see how these strategies can help you in your high school classes. This course is hands-on, involves demonstrations from a test-taking professional, and helps you understand more about the role of the SAT and ACT in college admissions and scholarship decision-making.

College Preparation Expo

Applying to and succeeding in college can prove challenging without adequate preparation. Attend this Weeknight Expo and get important tips on how to prepare a competitive application packet, what to expect in your first year of college, and how to tackle its challenges. We start by exploring the college search process and identifying factors that will lead you to find the college that will be the best fit for you. We then review the components of a college application packet.  This involves sharing strategies for writing an effective college application essay, creating a resume, and constructing an activities list that will reflect your interests and potential contributions to a college community. Finally, we explore the potential opportunities and challenges you may face during your first year as a college student. We will discuss strategies for adapting to a new environment, managing your time, and staying healthy. In addition, we will provide academic and residential resources to help you successfully navigate your exciting and challenging first year of college.

Academic Writing Expo

College-level writing requires practice, but primarily it involves the command of certain skills that will make your prose professional, persuasive, and sophisticated. Choose this Weeknight Expo and learn the strategies and foundations that will contribute to your academic success. You will learn how to create a draft for a college-level paper, how to use citations properly, and how to differentiate between quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing. You will also have the opportunity to practice creating an effective argument in your paper. Finally, learn what plagiarism is, how to avoid it, and what are the typical academic and life consequences for plagiarism and academic dishonesty convictions.

Typical Daily Schedule

Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Summer Academy Course
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Summer Academy Course
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Clubs
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Residential Activities
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Evening Activities
9:30 p.m. Residence Hall Meeting 
11:00 p.m. Quiet Time