Frequently Asked Questions - Online Courses

What does the fee for Summer Session Online courses cover?

The program fee covers expenses associated with the online course, such as access to course readings as well as social program activities. 

  • Session 1 (July 6-17) final payment due date is Friday, June 26.
  • Session 2 (July 20-31) final payment due date is Friday, July 10. 

How do I apply?

You access our application on our program's homepage. Please review the application directions to ensure you have submitted a complete application with all supporting documentation, as we will only review your application after it is complete. The application fee is $50. We only accept credit cards as payment.

If you are a previously accepted student to our 2020 on-campus programs, you do not need to reapply! Instead, please email our team at with your full name and course preference, and we will register you for your course of interest. 


Who is eligible to apply?

U.S. based students who are currently rising 10th – 12th graders are eligible to apply for Business, Law, & Public Policy in the Pandemic Era: A Global Challenge, Mathematics for Solving Global Challenges, and Research for Solving Global Challenges. The College Admissions Seminar and Workshop Series is open to rising 11th and 12th grade U.S. based students.
Due to international laws related to online programming for minors and limited resource allocations, we are unable to offer our online classes to students who are not physically located in the United States this summer. 


What is the difference between Summer Session Online and other Duke Summer Session programs for High School students?

Summer Session Online, like our Summer Academy program, is an experience designed for personal and academic enrichment; participants receive a certificate and a narrative assessment for successfully completing their course. Students enrolled in the Summer College for High School Students program receive Duke academic credit and a Duke University transcript. Duke Summer Session’s on-campus programs for high school students are cancelled for the 2020 session. 


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

You can email and a staff member will assist you.


Is financial aid available?

We are unable to offer financial aid for 2020 Summer Session Online courses. Students and their families may wish to contact their own local scholarship organizations, non-profits, and community-based organizations to explore financial funding opportunities.


What do I have to submit with my application?

Students interested in the College Admissions Seminar & Workshop Series will simply register for the course. For those interested in our other online course options, you must submit the following:

  • An essay stating why you are uniquely qualified for this program and interested in the courses for which you are applying.
  • A résumé highlighting your academic and non-academic experiences.
  • High school transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable)

Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete, including payment of the application fee. Please follow the application directions to ensure you are submitting a complete application.


How does the application process work?

Once your application is complete, we will review it and send you an email with the enrollment decision within three weeks of the receipt of the entire application. You will be notified if any part of your application is missing.


How many courses can I take?

You can enroll in up to two online courses per session. We encourage applicants to carefully consider that each course will have two, 50-minute synchronous sessions Monday-Friday with additional asynchronous action items and enrichment activities to complete each day. 


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 weeks of submitting a complete application.


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

Participating in Summer Session 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 Undergraduate admissions process, see this page.