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Program Overview

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Duke Pre-College Program

The Duke Pre-College Program provides advanced academic opportunities and an introduction to the college experience to students currently in grades 6-11. Our courses are created to give students access to cutting-edge curriculum and technology beyond the average classroom while connecting them with transcendent peers from around the world and influential professionals in their future field. In addition to accessing university facilities and labs, our students interact and learn from renowned faculty and researchers. Participants gain valuable experiences that prepare them not only for their college curriculum and careers to follow, but also their futures as empowered, influential leaders.

View the 2024 Duke Pre-College Viewbook


2024 Residential and Commuter Programs

Current 6th-11th grade students can apply. Students that will be 18 or older at the start of the program are ineligible. Courses and residential halls are separated into 6th-8th grades and 9th-11th grades. 

2024 Dates:

Session 1: June 16-28

  • June 16 (Sunday arrival)
  • June 28 (Friday departure)

Session 2: June 30-July 5

  • June 30 (Sunday arrival)
  • July 5 (Friday departure)

Session 3: July 7-19

  • July 7 (Sunday arrival)
  • July 19 (Friday departure)

Session 4: July 21-26

  • July 21 (Sunday arrival)
  • July 26 (Friday departure)

Residential students arrive on Sunday and start classes on Monday. Students will then depart on Friday after 12 p.m.


Session 1 (June 16-28) & Session 3 (July 7-19)

Two-week residential:

  • Tuition: $2,800
  • Room and meals: $1,900

Two-week commuter:

  • Tuition: $2,800
  • Room and meals: $250

Session 2 (June 30-July 5) & Session 4 (July 21-26)

One-week residential:

  • Tuition: $1,400
  • Room and meals: $750

One-week commuter:

  • Tuition: $1,400
  • Room and meals: $125


2024 Duke University Marine Lab (DUML), Beaufort, NC

6th-8th grade and 9th-11th grade options. 

2024 Dates

July 7-13: Current 9th-11th grade students only

  • July 7 (Sunday arrival)
  • July 13 (Saturday departure)

July 14-20: Current 6th-8th grade students only

  • July 14 (Sunday arrival)
  • July 20 (Saturday departure)

Students should arrive on Sunday before noon and depart Saturday after noon. Parents will need to drive participants to and from Beaufort. Transportation is not included in program costs. 


  • Tuition: $2,250
  • Room and meals: $850


Sample Schedule - Residential Sessions 1, 2 , 3 and 4
7-9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Class
12-1 p.m. Lunch
1-4 p.m. Class (labs, tours, guest speakers)
4:30-5:30 p.m. College Connections
College Connections afternoon sessions are designed to help high school students prepare for their college experience. Coupled with their academic work, the College Connection program will help students to understand and prioritize what to look for and what to expect from a college and their first-year experience.
6-7 p.m. Dinner
7:30-9:30 p.m. Nightly events
There will be optional activities available to students during this time, such as movie screening, sports activities, gaming, and clubs.
10-10:30 p.m. Report to residential halls and Nightly News
11 p.m. Students must be in residence halls (weekdays)
12 a.m. Students must be in residence halls (weekends)

On weekends, a full day of activities and community service will be planned based on course choice.


2024 Online Options

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

2024 Dates:

  • July 7-19


  • Tuition: $795


2024 College credit Options

Qualified current 10th or 11th grade students may take Duke University undergraduate courses in the summer for credit as a commuter or through online courses. More information is available on the Duke Summer Session website.