How to Apply

How to Apply

Summer 2024 applications closed April 1.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis, therefore parents and students are encouraged to submit as early as possible to gain access to registration for your chosen program. There is no fee to apply. 

Application directions:

1. Choose the correct application for the program you are interested in:

  • Middle School Residential (closed)
  • High School High School Residential (closed)
  • High School Online (closed)

2. Then click on the Apply now button.

3. Log in or create a student profile. 

Important Notes About Creating Your Profile

If you are a returning Duke Pre-College applicant, you already have an account. If you do not remember your username and/or password, use the “Forgot Username” or “Forgot Password” links. You may email us for more assistance at

If you are a new Pre-College student applicant under 18 and are creating an account for the first time, please enter the most frequently-accessed email address of your parent/guardian. You will receive email verification of your account information and will be prompted to set a password. This email address will be the primary method of contact for program information, billing, and other updates. The rest of the student profile should contain your student information, including your name, date of birth and grade level. 

Our application also asks for a valid, frequently-accessed student email. School email accounts are not recommended because these emails may be blocked or treated as spam. Your student email address will be used to establish credentials on the Duke learning management system, Canvas, where course information will be posted, courses will take place, and program information will be posted during your program dates.

4. Choose Start the application 

Fill out all required fields, and attach the required documents. As you work, you may save your application, and return to it later by logging in with your username and password, and clicking on My Applications.

Required supplemental application documents:
  • A transcript or other document showing grades or full marks from the 2022/2023 school year and one including grades or marks thus far for the 2023/2024 school year. All unofficial transcripts must include your name, current grade, your school's name and address. Screenshots will not be accepted.
  • A 250-500 word essay or a 1-2 minute video essay on one of the following questions. Attach written essays to the application. For video essays, upload here using this naming format: Last Name. First Name.(insert Grade Number ONLY 6 – 11).PC2024
    • Why attending Duke Pre-College can help me become a better student leader.
    • What experience or knowledge I hope to gain by attending Duke Pre-College.
  • Resume (optional)
  • International applicants must also submit:
    • A TOELF score of at least 90 or above OR an IELTS score of 7.0 or above. Duke EIS services CAN provide an English Interview and Evaluation for those without IELTS or TOELF scores. Please contact for a link to register for that evaluation. After registering and paying a $100 fee, you will be contacted with an interview appointment.

ALL participants must meet the North Carolina Immunization Requirement to attend and participate in any Pre-College program. Any student missing any immunization will need to make arrangements to receive them before enrolling and could risk losing the $500 non-refundable fee if they register and are not approved to attend due to missing immunizations. Those missing ONLY THE DTaP will have an option to receive that immunization when they arrive on campus for an additional fee of $75 to be paid with full program fees.

5. Submit your completed application

6. Check the status of your application

Communication will be sent to the email address used during the application process when a decision is made. You may check the status of your application anytime by logging into the student portal and choosing My Applications.