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. Students who are currently in grades 10 – 12 are eligible to apply.

English Proficiency

If English is not your first language, you must submit scores from one of the following English language exams:

  • Internet-based TOEFL (95 minimum, 100 preferred)
  • IELTS (7.0 minimum)
  • Duke University’s EIS exam

Interested in Duke’s EIS exam?  Learn more here.

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, 2018 Applications Open
April 15, 2019 Final Deadline for Applications
April 15, 2019 Program Fee Balance Due
May 14, 2019 CampDoc Forms Due
July 7, 2019 Program Start (Arrival)
August 2, 2019 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.