Admissions Overview

Eligibility Requirements

While admission into Duke Summer College is competitive, there are no minimum grade requirements. Instead, 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 the following grades are encouraged to apply:
  • U.S. students in 10th and 11th grades
  • International students in 10th – 12th grades

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. 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 4, 2017 Applications Open
April 16, 2018 Applications Due On or Before This Date
July 8, 2018 Program Start
August 3, 2018 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.