Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of Summer College for High School Students? Are there other academic fees?

The program fee is $9,545.  This includes course tuition for your credit-bearing class, Duke’s transcript fee, meals on campus, film series, expos, dormitory housing, dining, ground transportation to and from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), an optional linen pack rental, and recreational activities sponsored by Summer College.

The final payment due date is April 15, 2019.

NOT included in the program fee are the costs of airfare, books, the recreational center fee (if desired), and meals purchased off campus.  

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How do I apply?

We begin accepting applications December 3, 2018. You access our application from 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 for U.S. students and $100 for international students. Checks, money orders, and credit card payments are accepted 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 grades 10 – 12 are eligible to apply.

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What is the minimum language requirement?

For students whose first language is not English, an English proficiency exam score is required.  Students with a TOEFL score of 95 or IELTS of 7.0 or higher are be eligible to apply.  Students who do not have an eligible TOEFL or IELTS score may elect to be tested by the English for International Students (EIS) program in the Duke University Graduate School. See here for more information on the EIS test. 

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What is the difference between Summer Academy and Summer College for High School Students programs?

Students enrolled in the Summer College for High School Students receive Duke University academic credit and a Duke University transcript. The Summer Academy experience is designed for personal enrichment and participants receive a certificate and narrative assessment.

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If I require assistance with the application, who should I contact?

You can email summercollege@duke.edu or you can call +1(919) 684-8277 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm EST, Monday to Friday.

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Can I live off campus?

Summer College for High School Students is a residential program and students are required to live on campus. We do offer a commuter program through the Accelerated STEM Academy.

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Will Summer College students be able to use Duke’s Recreation Center?

Yes, Summer College students who are 16 years old and above will have the option to purchase a summer gym membership on campus.  The cost of membership for 2019 will be $74. Please note that students using the gym will be required to sign our online waiver and submit a photo prior to the start of the program. Your Parent/Guardian will also be required to sign the waiver.

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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 may or may 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 Police Department.

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What do I have to submit with my application?

In addition to the application (online or paper) and the fee (U.S. $50 / International $100), you must submit:

  • A copy of your high school transcript (or transcripts, if you have attended more than one high school) that records all of your high school grades with a current GPA.
  • Teacher Recommendation Form – Letters of recommendations must be accompanied by our Teacher Recommendation Form.
  • Optional standardized test scores such as PSAT, SAT, ACT or a state standardized test if available.
  • An essay stating why you are uniquely qualified for this program and an explanation of your interest in the classes for which you are applying. Two strong paragraphs are sufficient.
  • A resume highlighting your academic and non-academic experiences.
  • Language proficiency assessment results, if English is not your first language: TOEFL IBT, IELTS, or the English for International Students (EIS) assessment offered by the Duke University Graduate School. 

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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How many courses can I take?

You may enroll in one Duke class for academic credit. Please indicate four daytime class choices on your application, ranked in order of preference, and we will enroll you in your first choice if space allows. Course instructors will not make special accommodations or concessions for high school students, as the intent of this program is to provide a true and accurate Duke academic experience.

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When can I expect to hear about my admission status?

Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis.  You will receive an admission decision within three weeks of submitting a complete application.

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How do I submit the required medical documents?

Shortly after you have been accepted into the program and paid your deposit, you will receive an email with information about CampDoc.com.  This is the platform we use for parents and students to easily submit their medical information. You will be invited to create a profile in our section of CampDoc.com. Once you are logged in, you will be able to complete a form and submit necessary medical information.

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Where will I live?

You will live in a residence hall on Duke’s West Campus and be within a few minutes’ walking distance from classroom buildings, dining facilities, libraries, the Duke Gardens, and the student union.

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Do I need to register for housing?

No, our Summer Session for High School Students staff will do that for you.

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Will attending Summer College increase my chances of being admitted to Duke University as a regular undergraduate degree candidate?

Participating in Summer College 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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Will participants be supervised during the program?

Yes, our participants will be supervised by our staff members at all times during the program. While no participants will be allowed to explore campus or go off campus without staff supervision, our robust residential program ensures that everyone has a wide array of enriching and engaging activities from which to choose on a daily basis.

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