Summer Session 2021 FAQ

Undergraduate students

Who is allowed to enroll in Summer Session for-credit courses?

Summer Session courses are open to currently enrolled Duke undergraduate students, DKU undergraduate students, and undergraduate students at other universities (i.e., not seeking their degree at Duke). Pre-college students (to Duke or other institutions) are not eligible to enroll in Summer Session courses.

What are the tuition and fees for summer 2021? Housing and Dining information?

Please visit:  Tuition & Fees for information regarding tuition and fees. If you are enrolled in Summer Session but not living in campus housing, you may apply for a waiver of the health fee by submitting a request to insurance@studentaffairs.duke.edu.

All housing will be single room so there will only be one rate:  $50.45/day.  For summer 2021, every person with a room on campus must have a meal plan. The Housing and Dining websites have not been updated yet with Summer 2021 information, so please keep checking in March for information.

What will in-person classes be like this summer?

All COVID-19 and public health protocols will remain in place over the summer.  Students will be expected to wear face coverings and practice social distancing during class and approved on-campus co-curricular activities.  Enrollment will be limited in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

What will it be like on campus this summer?

All COVID-19 and public health protocols will remain in place over the summer, including the requirement that all students, faculty, and staff wear face coverings, and adhere to social distancing and hygiene guidelines.  Symptom monitoring via the SymMon app will continue, as will gateway, surveillance testing, quarantine, and isolation protocols.  All informal and social gatherings must comply with University and North Carolina state COVID-19 guidelines.

Will there be COVID-19 testing this summer?

Yes.  All students are likely to be baseline tested before moving into Summer Session housing and participation in weekly surveillance testing will be required for all students living on campus.  Students can expect to be called for surveillance testing at least once per week, and possibly more frequently.

What are the dates for Summer I and II?

Please visit:  Calendars for Summer I and II dates, including 4 and 6- week sessions.  Summer Session registration will be delayed as follows:

  • February 22nd - shopping carts (book bags) open
  • March 1st - registration opens

I would like to be in Durham this summer and live in Duke housing. Do I need to be enrolled in for-credit summer classes?  

In order to live on campus, you must be enrolled in credit bearing coursework or an approved co-curricular activity.  You must commit to living in campus housing for the duration of your academic or co-curricular term.

For students who have been accepted into a summer 2021 co-curricular program or research lab, housing will be coordinated through Duke Conference and Events Services, not Duke Housing and Residence Life. Please check-in with your program lead on housing information and updates for your co-curricular program.

If I  register for Summer Session I or II (not both), will I be given the opportunity to stay in campus housing for the entirety of summer, or am I only allowed to stay for the term I'm enrolled?

In order to live in campus housing, you must be enrolled in for-credit coursework or an approved co-curricular program.  It may be possible to be enrolled in Summer Session 1 courses and pursue an approved co-curricular program for the remainder of the summer, as an example.

Can I live on campus if I am taking only virtual classes at Duke this summer?

Yes.  You may live on campus as long as you are enrolled in credit bearing coursework or an approved co-curricular activity. For students who have been accepted into a summer 2021 co-curricular program or research lab, housing will be coordinated through Duke Conference and Events Services, not Duke Housing and Residence Life. Please check-in with your program lead on housing information and updates for your co-curricular program.

Will there be a choice in living in a single room versus a double room?

All rooms will be singles. Every person with a room on campus must also have a meal plan.

Why is Duke not allowing in-person minor programs this summer?

In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines in campus housing, classrooms, and on the campus in general, Duke will not be running programs for in-person minors this summer.  

Why is Duke not permitting Duke-supported undergraduate travel in and outside the United States?

Given the extent of travel restrictions and the uncertainties around vaccination timing, Duke has decided to suspend all activities involving Duke-supported undergraduate student travel in and outside of the United States this summer. We hope and plan to restart global travel activities as soon as pandemic restrictions permit.

Can I take classes at the Marine Lab?

Yes.  The Marine Lab is in the process of determining their in-person course schedule for the summer.  Once finalized, the information can be found at:  https://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab/academics/courses

Can I participate in an in-person Duke-sponsored internship if the host allows?

No. Duke-sponsored travel -- both local and global -- is suspended for Summer 2021. 
 

Graduate and Professional students

Will there be COVID-19 testing this summer?

Yes.  All students are likely to be baseline tested before moving into Summer Session housing and/or beginning in-person or hybrid classes or engaging in research or other activities on campus.   Participation in weekly surveillance testing will be required for all students engaging in any type of activity on campus.  Students can expect to be called for surveillance testing at least once per week, and possibly more frequently.

Can graduate and professional students enroll in Summer Session classes? Do I need to pay tuition?

Graduate and professional students may enroll in Summer Session classes.  Please consult with your program about the tuition implications of taking a course outside of your respective program or school. You should assume that tuition for courses that are unrelated to your program and that do not count as credit toward the degree will be charged at the undergraduate Summer Session rate. 

I am a graduate student and had planned to travel outside of Durham to continue my research. Will this travel be permitted?

Non-local Duke-supported graduate student travel will require approval. See:  https://travel.duke.edu/travel-policy-and-covid-19-addendum.