Residence Life

Residence Life Overview


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

Participants will also have the full-time support of a robust residential and administrative staff. You will be assigned to a residential group of approximately 20 classmates and under the mentorship of a Resident Assistant (RA). Your Resident Assistant will help ensure that you thrive academically and socially.


Duke was recently ranked first on The Daily Meal’s list of best college food in America.  Intensive STEM Academy participants will be given food points, which you will use to dine at campus eateries of your choice. Unused 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, 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 still wish to explore Durham’s extraordinary array of restaurants.

Residential Activities

At the Intensive STEM 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. No matter your interests, we have a club for you.  Activities of most clubs take place on campus, but the club leader may arrange for the club to engage in an off-campus excursion.  In this case, the participants will be accompanied by a staff member.

We also place all of our students into “RA Groups”.  These tight-knit communities are each led by one Resident Assistant (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.  You must remain on Duke campus at all times, unless accompanied by a Summer Session staff member.  You are allowed to go to the basketball court on Central Campus.  You are allowed to use the Duke shuttle bus as a means of transportation.  You are not allowed to use public transportation such as public buses, Uber, taxi, or Lyft unless accompanied by a staff member.  You are not allowed to be transported in a car of anyone but a staff member without prior permission from your parent or guardian. The RA activities will include on- and off-campus excursions and may include without limitation going to the Nasher Museum of Art or the Duke Forest, Southpoint Mall, Durham’s Ninth Street, the University of North Carolina, downtown Durham, and the Museum of Life and Science.  These activities are designed not only to be engaging and enriching, but to cultivate a sense of community and belonging.

Typical Daily Schedule

Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast - optional
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. STEM Course - required
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch – optional
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. STEM Course - required
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Clubs and Residential Activities - optional
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Dinner and Residential Activities
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Residential Program Activities and On-Campus Exploration - optional
9:30 p.m. Residence Hall Meeting  - required
11:00 p.m. Quiet Time

Please Note: You are required to be on campus after 9:00 p.m. and to be in the residence hall after 9:30 p.m. unless a structured residential activity has been organized and is supervised by staff.