Who is eligible to apply?

Middle school students who are currently 6th - 8th graders (2021-2022 academic year) who are living and/or studying in the United States during the time of the program are eligible to apply to Duke Pre-College Middle School Programs.

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 1:8.

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.

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

Duke Pre-College courses are non-credit, academic enrichment courses.

What are the 2022 session and program dates?

Middle School Programs

  • Session I (June 19 – July 1)
  • Session II (July 3 – July 15)
  • Session III (July 17 – July 29)

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

All academic classes meet Monday – Friday. Class times are from 9 AM – 4 PM:

  • 9:00- 11:45: Morning Session
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch
  • 1:00-3:45: Afternoon Session
  • 4:00: Commuter participants pick up; Residential participants return to dorms for afternoon activities

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, the residential staff will plan activities for students to participate in after class is done for the day ranging from physical activities like sports and games, arts and crafts, theatre, music, and writing workshops 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. Duke Pre-College 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 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 8 students. 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?

Is financial aid available?

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

  • H&C Educational Services of Durham
  • Wayfinders of NC
  • Emily K. Center

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.

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:

  1. Locate a company or community-based organization that specializes in the same subject as the course or program of interest.
  2. Do your due diligence by investigating the company or CBO to see how the goals connect with your future goals.
  3.  Write a letter to the company or CBO requesting a company sponsorship or funding (avoid the term scholarship, as it connotes university tuition).
  4. 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.
  5. Contact the company or CBO’s volunteer or community support department, which is often found on their website.

The deadline to apply for financial aid is April 15, 2022.

What do I submit with my application?

  • A personal essay stating why you are uniquely qualified for this program and interested in the course for which you are applying. The requirements for the personal essay can be found in the personal statement template.
  • An applicant’s most recent report card. Duke Pre-College Middle School Programs also allows for “grading reports” as long as the school name and student name are printed on the document.

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.