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Summer Programs

We are now accepting applications for our Summer Studies (SSP) and CRISIS programs, with spots still available at certain sites for both. The SSP application period for qualifying seventh graders has just opened; please apply soon for more choice in courses and sites. Visit the Programs section for details.

Open Summer Programs

Summer Studies

Three weeks of accelerated learning and life-changing community for qualifying TIPsters. Application open now for students with qualifying scores in grades seven through ten.

Learn about Summer Studies Apply now

Field Studies

Innovative classes at leading research stations, labs, and other settings for students in ninth through twelfth grade.

Learn about Field Studies Apply now


A week spent performing the role of a professional responding to a devastating hurricane for fifth- and sixth-grade students.

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See What TIP Offers

Learn more about all of TIP's talent searches, educational programs, and other offerings. 

Partnering with Educators

We depend on educators to help us identify the students who would benefit from our programs and resources, and in return we provide resources, support, and advice for educators working with academically talented students.

Employment Opportunities

We hire year-round for great instructors, administrative staff, and residential counselors. Working at Duke TIP is one of the most rewarding work experiences you will ever have—explore your opportunities now.

Key Dates

March 24, 2018

Academic Adventures at University of Georgia

Academic Adventures

March 24, 2018

Queens University Spring Session

Academic Adventures

March 26, 2018

Payment and cancellation deadline


March 27, 2018

May SAT online enrollment deadline

7th Grade Talent Search

March 31, 2018

4th–6th Grade Talent Search enrollment closes

4th–6th Grade Talent Search

April 4, 2018

Application opens


About Duke TIP

The Duke University Talent Identification Program is a nonprofit organization that supports academically talented students in grades four through twelve.

Through above-grade-level testing, enrichment resources, year-round learning options, residential summer programs, online courses, need-based financial aid, and original research into the needs of gifted students, we help support and nurture our students' talents.

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Other summer programs opening soon

Get ready to apply to our other summer programs as well! Applications open on April 4 for eStudies and eInvestigators.

Explore our programs

Scholarship for seventh-grade students

Applications are open for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program! For high-achieving students with financial need in seventh grade, recipients get support, funding, and more.

Learn more

Show your TIP pride

Let the world know about your student's accomplishments by wearing our TIP gear! Our online store has T-shirts, tote bags, notebooks, and more.

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Research & Resources

Duke TIP is a leading researcher in the field of gifted education. Drawing from that expertise, we offer a variety of resources and advice for students, families, and educators seeking to know more about how academically talented children can reach their full potential. 

Learn more about our resources

Posts from Gifted Today

Find advice and research for parents and educators.

Should my child retest? Scores can go in two directions

February 2, 2018

Soumya’s parents just looked at her SAT scores online and found that she only needed ten more points on her math score to qualify for a prestigious gifted program. Determined to help their daughter however they can, they enroll her in an afterschool tutoring program (more on test prep). Soumya retakes the SAT and when… Read More »

State Policy and Gifted Education: Where Do You and Your Child Fit In?

January 31, 2018

Imagine this scenario: two students both test above their grade level and have similar scores in math and reading. Now, imagine that only one of these students is identified as gifted by their school. The student who is identified as gifted is then exposed to programming with unique opportunities, while the other student follows his… Read More »

And, Or, and Mean: What Multiple Criteria Means and How it can be Implemented

January 23, 2018

Multiple criteria for identification can be a double-edged sword. TIP's Research Staff break down three possible implementations of multiple criteria for identification and weigh the advantages and limitations of each. Read More »

Posts from Ready for College

Prepare for college with this TIP blog.

TIPsterU — Noelle Talks Winter “Break”

January 11, 2018

In her sixth TIPsterU video, Noelle gives a quick update as she wraps up her winter break at home in North Carolina. She had a great first semester, but she also has some advice for other students who may not have fared as well.

Noelle is a first-year student at Ohio University.

Follow TIPsterU here, at Duke TIP’s Alumni site, or on YouTube. Watch along as young TIP alums vlog their way through college, lending insight and advice for current TIPsters along the way...

TIPsterU — Kevin Talks Final Exam Pain and Packing for Winter Break

January 2, 2018

In his fourth TIPsterU video, Kevin confirms that he survived FINAL EXAMS, shares a highlight reel from his first semester of college, and makes a pun.

Kevin is a first-year student at Texas A&M University.

Follow TIPsterU here, at Duke TIP’s Alumni site, or on YouTube. Watch along as young TIP alums vlog their way through college, lending insight and advice for current TIPsters along the way.

News from TIP

See what's been happening at TIP.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Belmont University

Fifth- and sixth-grade students can now attend a residential program at this Nashville, Tennessee, university.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
A young boy receiving his medal at a recognition ceremony.

Since 1980, Duke TIP has engaged over 2.8 million youth who scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Last year, nearly 64,000 academically talented seventh graders accepted the invitation to participate in the 7th Grade Talent Search.

  • 7th Grade Talent Search
Friday, June 9, 2017
A group of girls smiling and laughing outside at Duke TIP.

Summer is here! School is out; the weather is warm, and one of TIP’s most highly-anticipated programs is kicking off this weekend: Summer Studies.