Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of the Intensive STEM Academy? Are there other fees I should know about?

The program fee is $2,250. The program fee covers expenses associated with the daytime course, dormitory housing, dining, academic supplies, ground transportation to/from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), optional linen pack rental, and recreational activities sponsored by the program.

Final payment due date is April 16, 2018.

NOT included in the program fee are airfare, meals purchased off campus, and items purchased for personal use.

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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 not review your application until 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 the 9, 10, 11, and 12 grades.

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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 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

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Can Intensive STEM Academy students use the gym?

Yes, Intensive STEM 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 need 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 Intensive STEM Academy Participant Agreement
  • 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 (teacher recommendations must be accompanied by our teacher recommendation form)
  • Signed Minors in Duke Laboratories Agreement

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

Participating in the Intensive 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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