Duke Pre-College Frequently Asked Questions


Students in 6th-11th grade during the 2022/2023 academic year. Students currently in grades 6-8 can apply to middle school courses, while students in grades 9-11 can apply to high school courses. (Students who will be 18 years old on or by June 20, 2023, should explore opportunities with Duke Summer Session.)

Pre-College program fees cover all costs for students for the duration of the program. For residential students, this includes courses and course materials, evening events, community engagement opportunities, College Connections, housing, and meals. For commuting students, fees cover College Connections, weekday lunches, and tours during the program.

Program dates and other information can be found in our Program Overview.

For more information on our application process, including required application materials and admission dates, visit our How to Apply page.

Please email precollege@duke.edu.

Financial aid may be available on a limited basis. Indicate your interest in financial aid on the application, and a Pre-College staff member will contact you with more information. If you have additional questions, please email precollege@duke.edu.

You can take one course each session. Students who enroll in more than one course will receive a one-time discount equal to the cost of applying.

Application deadlines, decision timelines and payment due dates can be found here.

A sample schedule can be found in our Program Overview. Please check back after February 15, 2023 for more information about the daily class schedule.

Instructors are Duke affiliates, faculty, and graduate students who are experts in their fields. Full instructor biographies will be included on the course site in Sakai once students are admitted and have access to Duke’s learning management system.

Students living on campus will have a variety of events and activities to choose from, including but not limited to, College Connections presentations, club activities, open recreation, evening events like karaoke and other social occasions, as well as community service opportunities. Commuters can attend College Connections, but all other events are reserved for residential students.

All Pre-College courses are non-credit. For current 11th-12th grade students interested in earning college credit, learn more about our Duke Summer Session opportunities for high school students. 

We do not guarantee that attending Duke Pre-College will affect your application to Duke University. However, applicants are welcome to include their participation when applying.