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Grades 7 and 8

Duke TIP at Appalachian State

Boone, North Carolina

Appalachian State University is the sixth-largest university in the University of North Carolina system and is home to almost 18,000 students. ASU has been among the top 15 “Southern Regional Universities” for over 30 years, and U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 college rankings placed the school ninth among public universities in the South. The Princeton Review also listed ASU as one of its “Best in the Southeast” for 2016. The university is located in the heart of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, a beautiful setting for Summer Studies and outdoor pursuits.

Duke TIP at Austin College

Sherman, Texas

Located on an eighty-five-acre campus just north of Dallas, Austin College is a private, coeducational liberal-arts college offering a variety of academic and cultural opportunities. Founded in 1849, Austin College is among the oldest colleges in Texas. Austin College is recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, preprofessional training, and leadership studies. Most Austin College courses will be taught in the IDEA Center, a multidisciplinary building that incorporates high-performance green building standards with contemporary classrooms and multipurpose laboratories to support hands-on, experiential academic curricula.

Duke TIP at Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

Chartered in 1885 as a coeducational liberal-arts college, Rollins is the oldest recognized college in the state of Florida. For 20 consecutive years, it has been ranked among the top two regional universities in the South and first in Florida by U.S. News & World Report. Rollins College is located in Winter Park in an attractive and historic residential community adjacent to the city of Orlando. The 75-acre campus is situated on the shores of Lake Virginia and features a lakeside beach and walking path. Known for its Spanish-Mediterranean architecture, Rollins was named one of the “50 Most Amazing College Campuses” by The Best Colleges, from 2011 to 2014. Campus facilities include a four-level, 54,000-square-foot library and a fine arts museum with six display galleries.

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Grades 8, 9, and 10

Duke TIP at Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, Louisiana  

Louisiana State University, the flagship institution of its state, is one of the top public institutions in the nation. Founded in 1860, LSU has an enrollment of close to 26,000 students and offers bachelor's degrees in 70 major fields, master's degrees in 76 fields, and doctoral degrees in 49 major fields. Its 2,000-acre campus, cradled by the Mississippi River, features a blend of both Renaissance-inspired and modern architecture. LSU’s location conveniently provides students access to the urban amenities of Baton Rouge as well as outdoor adventures in the Louisiana wilderness. Notable LSU alumni include CNN’s Don Lemon, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neil, and former US Vice President Hubert Humphrey. 

Duke TIP at University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

The University of Georgia is the oldest and largest higher education institution in Georgia. Bordering historic downtown Athens and home to over 36,000 graduate and undergraduate students, UGA is highly regarded for the breadth of its programs—25 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields, 34 master’s degrees in 130 fields, 4 doctoral degrees in 98 areas, and 18 educational specialist degrees.

Duke TIP at Duke University Marine Lab

Beaufort, North Carolina

The Duke University Marine Lab offers modern research facilities and vessels, weathered rustic charm, and captivating views of the surrounding channels, sandbars, and islands. The Marine Lab has a traditional camp atmosphere, and participants live in small bunkhouses with multiple bunks per room. Located on Pivers Island on the North Carolina coast, the Marine Lab provides an intimate setting for students interested in marine science.

Summer Studies is a three-week residential program for high-achieving students 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.

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