Admissions Overview

Eligibility Requirements

Admission into Duke Summer College is competitive. We carefully consider and weigh every component of your application during our review. We look for students who have strong character, a commitment to service, and a history of academic excellence. If you are a student currently in grades 10 – 12 and are at least 16-years-old or older before the conclusion of the program, you are eligible to apply as early as December 3, 2019. 

English Proficiency

Applicants who do not use English as their primary language must demonstrate the ability to undertake a rigorous, fast-paced academic program in English. As Duke students, you must have the ability to read quickly and to express themselves clearly both orally and in writing, applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English at the time the application is submitted.

If you are a non-native English speaker or if you are not currently studying in an English-medium curriculum, we require that you take one of the following English proficiency tests listed below. We do not have any preference among the three tests.  We will consider your test scores along with the essays, recommendations, and other parts of the admissions application to evaluate your proficiency in English.

DET (Duolingo English Test)
Minimum score expected: 115

IELTS (International English Language Testing System  
Minimum band score expected: 7

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 
Minimum scores expected: 95 on the internet-based TOEFL

Visa Requirements

All international students (i.e., non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents) are required to obtain an F-1 Student Visa in order to attend Duke University Summer College for High School Students. Once you have been accepted into the program and have paid your program fee you will receive information about how to complete your visa application process through Duke Visa Services. It is important that you apply for your visa as soon as you have been notified that you can. You should not plan on entering the country using a tourist visa (B-1/B-2) if the intention is to enroll in Summer College for High School Students. If you have questions, please contact us at

Key Dates

December 3, 2019 Applications Open
March 3, 2020 Early Admissions Deadline
April 15, 2020 Final Deadline for Applications
April 15, 2020 Program Fee Balance Due
May 14, 2020 CampDoc Forms Due
July 5, 2020 Program Start (Arrival)
July 31, 2020 Program End (Departure)


Selection Process

We review applications on a rolling basis. Your application will be reviewed when you have submitted all of your supplementary materials (see Application Directions for more information). It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete. Applicants typically receive an admissions decision within three weeks of submitting a complete application. Because seats in popular courses fill up quickly, we strongly encourage you to apply early to increase your chances of getting into one of your top course choices.