FAQ

Who is eligible to apply?

High school students who are currently 9th - 11th graders (2021-2022 academic year) are eligible to apply to Duke Pre-College Programs.

Eligible applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide TOEFL or IELTS test results or demonstrate English proficiency through an oral interview conducted by staff from the Duke English for International Students (EIS) program to finalize admission. The charge will be $75 (USD). After the application and supplemental documents have been reviewed, applicants will be given further instructions about scheduling and completing the EIS exam. If you are an international student who is currently living in an English-speaking country and have completed all school coursework in English for a minimum of two years, you will not be required to complete the EIS exam.

The minimum scores for TOEFL and IELTS are:

  • 90 TOEFL
  • 7.0 IELTS

What does the program fee cover?

The program fee covers expenses associated with residential housing, dining (for residential and commuter programs), residential program activities sponsored by Duke Pre-College Programs, and maintaining a staff to student ratio of 1:10, and a staff to student ratio of 1:8 in Duke University residential housing.

The program fee also covers academic materials and supplies for the course, such as access to course readings, academic materials, guest speakers and campus visits, as well as course certificates of completion. Laptops and computers are not provided and should be brought by participant.

  • Residential Session 3 & Session 4 – $4900
  • Residential Commuter Session 3 & Session 4 – $3200
  • Hybrid Session 1 & Session 2 – $3400
  • Labs & Expert Panels Week – $2900
  • Duke Pre-College Online - $2100

Will I receive academic credit for taking a Duke Pre-College course?

Duke Pre-College courses are non-credit, academic enrichment courses. If you are a current sophomore or junior who is interested in taking a Duke University course for credit, please see the Duke Summer Session website for more information.

Duke University credit options include courses for local commuters and online courses. There are no residential credit courses available for summer 2022.

What are the 2022 high school session and program dates?

  • Session 1 Hybrid (June 13 - June 24)
  • Session 2 Hybrid (June 20 - July 1)
  • Labs and Expert Panels Week (June 19 - June 24)
  • Session 3 Residential and Commuter (July 3 - July 15)
  • Session 4 Residential and Commuter (July 17 - July 29)
  • Pre-College Online (July 18 - July 29)
  • Duke Credit Options for Local Commuters and Online (June 27 - August 7)

How does the daily class schedule work for Duke Pre-College High School courses?

All academic classes meet Monday – Friday. Class times vary by program and group:

  • Hybrid two-week courses consist of one online week and one residential week. Online synchronous daily meetings for Session 1 are from 9:00-10:15 a.m. ET. Online synchronous daily meetings for Session 2 are from 3:15-4:30 p.m. ET. Residential class times for both sessions are 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET and include an hour lunch break.
  • Residential programs including Labs & Expert Panels Week courses class times are 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. ET and include an hour lunch break.  
  • Pre-College Online Group A has two required, daily synchronous meetings from 9:00-10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ET. Pre-College Online Group B has two required, daily synchronous meetings from 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. and 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. ET. Asynchronous learning activities and assignments will be assigned daily.

What will I do outside of class time if I am participating in a residential program?

Students participating in a residential program have time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day they are living on campus. Outside of class, there is time for library/study groups, clubs, evening events, as well as some free time for students to relax and study in the campus dorms.

Who will teach the course?

Duke Pre-College courses are led by Duke and other university faculty, recent Duke graduates, Duke affiliates who are professional educators, and current upper-level Duke students who have instructional experience leading House Courses or other academic courses at Duke. Duke faculty and/or staff have consulted with all instructors in preparing and reviewing their courses. Instructors have demonstrated the highest level of leadership during their time at Duke and will provide significant guidance to middle and high school students who aim to learn more about a topic while gaining insight about the academic life at Duke. Each course also has a Teaching Associate for every 10 students, unless there is a co-instructor. TAs are Duke undergraduates with content area expertise in the respective courses.

How do I apply?

Select the course page for your course of interest. Each course page includes an “Apply Now” button that you will select to begin an application for the program associated with your course of interest. 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.

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

High school student email precollege@duke.edu.

Is financial aid available?

Financial assistance is available to students from groups and organizations associated with Duke Pre-College Programs:

  • Cooke Foundation
  • Durham AKAs
  • East Voyager Academy
  • Emily K Center
  • H&C Educational Services of Durham
  • LatinXEd
  • OSSE of Washington, DC
  • STEP of Arizona
  • Wayfinders of NC

If you are a member of any of the above, please make sure your organization/group is aware that you are applying to the program.

Some financial assistance is available for individuals who are not affiliated with any of the above groups and organizations. You can indicate in your online application that you would like to be considered for financial assistance and the Duke Pre-College staff will provide additional information.

The financial aid deadline is April 15, 2022.

For students who do not qualify for financial assistance from Duke Pre-College Programs, you and your family may wish to contact your own local educational funding organizations, non-profits, community-based organizations (CBOs), and large corporations to explore financial funding opportunities.

Here are some pointers on how to write a pitch to community-based organizations or corporations when seeking funding for a course or program:

  • Locate a company or community-based organization that specializes in the same subject as the course or program of interest.
  • Do your due diligence by investigating the company or CBO to see how the goals connect with your future goals.
  • Write a letter to the company or CBO requesting a company sponsorship or funding (avoid the term scholarship, as it connotes university tuition).
  • Write a statement of how attending the program or taking the course benefits you as a student. Demonstrate how the company or CBO’s investment in you will benefit the company or community as you gain skills from the course/program.
  • Contact the company or CBO’s volunteer or community support department, which is often found on their website.

What do I submit with my application?

  • An essay of at least three paragraphs stating why you are uniquely qualified for Duke Pre-College Programs and interested in the course for which you are applying
  • A resume highlighting your academic and non-academic experiences
  • Middle or high school transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • English Proficiency information (for international applicants)
  • Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete.  Please follow the application directions to ensure you are submitting a complete application.

How does the application process work?

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

How many courses can I take?

Students participating in a residential or commuter program can take one course per session.

If you are interested in taking multiple courses throughout the summer, you will need to apply to each course separately and pay the $75 application fee. If you enroll in more than one course, a discount will be applied at checkout for any additional application fees. 

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 approximately two weeks of submitting a complete application.

Will attending Duke Pre-College increase my chances of being admitted to Duke University as a regular undergraduate degree candidate?

Participating in a course offered by a Duke program 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 the Duke Undergraduate Admissions website.