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What is the cost of Summer College Online?

The program fee for Summer College Online is $3,430.  This includes the cost of tuition ($3,390) and Duke University’s transcript fee ($40).  Details regarding the payment due dates and refund policy can be found here.

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How do I apply?

You can access our application by visiting our 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.  Checks, money orders, and credit card payments are accepted.  A $35 fee will be charged for a check is returned due to insufficient funds.

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Who is eligible to apply?

Current 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.

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What is the minimum language requirement?

The minimum required scores are 100 for the Internet-based TOEFL and 7.0 for the IELTS test. Students who do not have a 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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If I require assistance with the application, who do I contact?

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

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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 do I need to submit with my application?

In addition to the application and the application fee ($50), 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 class 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 in 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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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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Will attending Summer College Online increase my chances of being admitted to Duke University as a regular undergraduate degree candidate?

Participating in Summer College Online 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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