Duke Pre-College Frequently Asked Questions

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 is available for the 2024 program in limited quantities. If awarded, financial aid will cover 100% of tuition fees. Families will remain responsible for any room and board fees for residential programs and/or meal fees for commuter programs. If interested in being considered for a financial aid award, please indicate your interest on the application. You will be contacted for more information and receive a financial aid decision at the same time as your application decision. Students from families of military, first responders and educators are encouraged to indicate their interest in financial aid consideration. If you are part of a group or organization that is already receiving some financial assistance from the Pre-College Program, please indicate that on the application in the appropriate section. Please know no tax information will be requested during the financial aid review process. ALL housing, commuter, or other fees (recreational, immunization or course change or drop) will be the responsibility of participant.

You can take one course each session. 

Applications are reviewed once they are complete. Due to our high volume of applications, please allow up to 3 weeks for an application decision. You must return and log into the application portal to check your status. If you application is approved, you will follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://learnmore.duke.edu/precollege/all-programs, choose your course from those available to 6th-8th or 9th-11th grade students and add to cart. If the course is filled, move to your second choice. If you choose a course not intended for your grade, your registration will be removed, and you will be notified and asked to choose the appropriate course. This delay could result in your course choice being filled so please only register for courses for your grade.
  2. Pay your enrollment deposit of $500 to reserve your spot in the course. Final payments are due MAY 1, 2024. Any students will an outstanding balance after May 1, 2024, will be dropped from the course.
  3. Log in to CampDoc (will include link prior to app deadline) and begin to complete the required medical information, housing preferences, and transportation details. All must be completed no later than May 31, 2024, in order to attend the program.
  1. Log in to the student portal as a returning student using with the same credentials you used to apply for the program.

  • If you need to retrieve your username or reset your password, use the links provided on the login screen as shown: 
returning student login screenshot
  1. Search for your course and Add to Cart then complete the check-out process. A receipt will be emailed to the email address associated with your account. 

  • We accept VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. If you choose to pay a deposit and have an outstanding balance, this amount will show in red when you login to the student portal. You can pay by visiting My Invoices within the student portal, or the Make a Payment link .  

For any additional questions on payment, please email learnmore@duke.edu.

Participants currently in 6th-11th grade during the 2023/2024 academic year can apply. If you will be 18 years of age (DOB PRIOR TO 6/15/2006) at the time of the program please consider exploring opportunities with Duke Summer Session.)

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

Pre-College program fees are separated into tuition fees and room and board fees. Tuition fees cover courses and course materials, College Connections (9th-11th grade students) or Club Activities (6th-8th grade students) and tours during the program. Room and board fees for residential participates include evening events, community engagement opportunities, housing, and meals. For commuting participants, the fee covers the course and lunch only for each weekday of the program.

Instructors are Duke faculty, affiliates, and graduate students who are experts in their fields. Instructor biographies will be included on the course site in Canvas, Duke’s learning management system, once participants are admitted and provided access to the program.

All Pre-College courses are non-credit. Duke Summer Session offers credit commuter options for local 10th and 11th grade high school students and online courses for non-commuters, including international high school students during the summer term of July 1-August 11. Participants must meet academic qualifications and be 16 years of age by July 1, 2024.

A sample schedule can be found in our Program OverviewPlease check back after March 1, 2024, for more information about the daily class schedule.

Current 8th-11th grade students can apply (including rising 9th grade students and 18-year-old students.) Courses will be available 9:00-10:30 a.m. EST and 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST every weekday. Participants will attend 1.5 hours of synchronous sessions and have asynchronous sessions on their own and within groups as outlined by the instructor. Asynchronous learning activities and assignments will be assigned daily.

Participants enrolled in the residential programs will have a variety of events and activities to choose from, including but not limited to, College Connections, club activities, open recreation, evening events like karaoke and other social activities, as well as community service opportunities.

Enrolled Participants 16 years and older will be able to purchase a recreational membership to use during their time in the Pre-College program. Parents of participants will be required to sign a Duke Recreation Waiver and pay a $35 membership fee for each session. The fee and waiver are due 30 days prior to participant’s arrival on campus.

More information to come in 2024.

We do not guarantee attending Duke Pre-College will affect your application to Duke University in any way. However, applicants are welcome to include their participation in the Duke Pre-College program when applying as an undergraduate.

Duke Pre-College Frequently Asked Questions for Enrolled Students

See our sample packing list.

  1. Participants will live and eat on East Campus. Residential Halls will be confirmed in the Spring.  Most courses will also take place on East Campus although some courses and labs will take place on West Campus. 
  2. Residential participants will have three meals per day included in their program fees, and commuting participants will have lunch each weekday. There will be a variety of dining options available including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and allergic-specific items.
  1. Arrival dates are listed on our website. Classes will begin the following day and occur on weekdays only. Participants CANNOT arrive before the arrival date 

  2. Complimentary airport shuttles will be provided from RDU (Raleigh-Durham International Airport) to campus on the first program date listed on the website. Staff will be available at the airport throughout the day to meet Participants and guide them to the shuttles. 

  3. Participants are NOT allowed to take an Uber or other rideshare transportation methods to campus without a parent or guardian. Those who do will not be allowed to check-in. 

  4. Commuting Participants will receive exact details on parking, and orientation closer to the program start date. 

Participants will be able to provide information about housing preferences and requests through our CampDoc system after they are enrolled in the program. 

More information to come in 2024. 

Arrival day Orientation is at 7:30 pm on July 5 and July 18. Pre-College staff will meet you at the locations described below between 7:00 pm and 7:20 pm and take you to orientation. Commuting students will receive meal cards so they can eat lunch each weekday during the program dates.

The Middle School Students drop-off location for orientation AND daily classes will be at the Science Drive circle. Daily drop-off is between 8:30 and 8:45 am. If you need to make arrangements to come before 8:30 am, you should call 919-684-1726. Pick-up is at 4:15 pm OR 5:45 pm for those staying for club activities. IF YOU ARRIVE BEFORE 4:15 or 5:45 PM YOU MUST PAY and PARK IN THE BRYAN CENTER GARAGE. CARS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PARK IN THE CIRCLE OR BLOCK TRAFFIC.

The High School Students drop-off location for orientation AND daily classes will be at the Research Drive circle. Daily drop-off is between 8:30 and 8:45 am. If you need to make arrangements to come before 8:30 am, you should call 919-660-8849. Pick-up is at 4:15 pm OR

5:45 for those staying for College Connections or Club Activities. IF YOU ARRIVE BEFORE 4:15 or 5:45 PM YOU MUST PAY and PARK IN THE BRYAN CENTER GARAGE. CARS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PARK IN THE CIRCLE OR BLOCK TRAFFIC.

Outside of their coursework, a wide array of activities will be made available to all Participants, including Commuters. Commuter Students can participate in afternoon clubs or College Connections (for high school students only) which occur between 4:00 and 5:30 pm Monday-Friday.

All participants will receive an invitation to register for a NetID. This will give participants access to Canvas, Duke University’s learning management system, where syllabi and other course information will be posted. Participants MUST complete NetID registration within THREE days of receiving the initial email. If that deadline passes, participants will need to email precollege@duke.edu to have a new activation email set. 

A sample schedule is on the website. Night and weekend activities will include karaoke, outdoor movies, dances, games, community service projects, tours of campus and visits to local attractions.

Our program follows the minors’ Standards of Best Practice established by Duke University. All participants will be assigned a Residential Counselor the first day of their program who will be their main point of contact. Additional staff including medical professionals will be on campus during the entirety of the program. All staff will be required to pass backgrounds checks and specialized training prior to the program start date. At no time will participants be allowed to leave campus nor have cars on campus. 

Yes. More information to come in 2024. 

All participants will receive information about CampDoc after their registration is confirmed. This system will be where participants review and sign the Participation Agreement, and enter and upload health records, housing and travel information. The process will be in the spring and must be signed and completed no later than May 31, 2024.

  1. You can review departure days on our website. Breakfast and lunch will be included meals for residential students on departure days. There will be a wrap up class or presentation the morning or departure days so we recommend flights after 12 pm if possible. Participants departing by car can be picked up between 10 am and 4 pm.
  2.  Commuting Participants will need to be picked up by 12 pm on departure days.
  3. Complimentary airport shuttles will be provided to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) from 11 am to 3 pm on departure days. Staff will be available at the airport to assist with airport check-in as needed. If flight departure times are outside of the 11 am to 3 pm time frame, a staff member will contact Participants regarding other arrangements. For students traveling by plane that qualify as an unaccompanied minor, please include that designation with your travel details.
  4. A parent or guardian MUST sign to check-out students on departure days. Participants are NOT allowed to take and Uber or other transportation to the airport.