Frequently Asked Questions

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

The program fee is $8,895.  This includes course tuition for your credit 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 16, 2018.

NOT included in the program fee are the costs of airfare, books, recreational facilities fee, and meals purchased off campus.  

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How do I apply?

We begin accepting applications December 4, 2017. 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?

U.S.: Current 10th and 11th grade students

International: Current 10th – 12th grade students

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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.  While our preference is that students have a TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS of 7.0, students with a TOEFL of 95 or higher will 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 does not carry academic credit.

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

You can email or you can call (919) 684-8277 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.

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Can I live off campus?

No, Summer College for High School Students is a residential program and students are required to live on campus.

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

Yes, because Summer College students will be enrolled as Duke University students, they will have the option to purchase a summer gym membership on campus.  The cost of this membership will likely be $100-150.

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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 local police force.

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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.
  • One 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.  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 daytime 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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How do I choose a course?

The courses on this list are appropriate for first-semester college students. If a course has a prerequisite, it will be mentioned as part of the course description.  Questions about specific courses may be directed to

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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’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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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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