Summer Studies

About TIP’s Summer Studies Program

Duke TIP’s Summer Studies Program is demanding, intense, and rewarding. Students take part in interactive, inquiry-based learning that challenges them to think critically about themselves and their world. Led by content experts, courses are equivalent to a semester-long college course or a year of high school instruction. Our high-energy classrooms encourage students to take academic risks in a supportive environment and to stretch their intellectual abilities. TIP’s active residential program is a lot like a structured version of the college experience, providing opportunities for friendship and fun. 


The Summer Studies Program is TIP’s original program, and only students who score at the very top of their grade level on the ACT or SAT are eligible to attend. TIP students must qualify for either our Center or Academy Summer Studies Program to apply.

Term and Courses

Use our searchable course database to find the Center or Academy course right for you.

Term 1 June 10–June 30
Term 2 July 8–July 28
Marine Lab Term June 17–July 7


Key Dates

March 7, 2018

Payment and cancellation deadline (eighth through tenth graders)

March 21, 2018

Application opens (seventh graders)

May 2, 2018

Payment and cancellation deadline (seventh graders)

June 10, 2018 to June 30, 2018

Term 1

June 17, 2018 to July 7, 2018

Duke University Marine Lab Term

July 8, 2018 to July 28, 2018

Term 2

Summer Studies is a three-week residential program for high-achieving young scholars in grades seven through ten. Taking place at thirteen college campuses across the country over two different summer sessions, the programs provide the social and intellectual stimulus that gifted students need.