Application Instructions

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The application for the spring 2019 term has closed. Information about the fall 2019 term will be posted in August.

Important Dates


Applications open (print and online)

December 4

Full payment due

One week after course placement

Please read these instructions carefully.

Scholar Weekends are designed for day students—no overnight accommodations are offered by TIP. If there are no Scholar Weekends scheduled near you, you may want to review our partner locations to find a more convenient site. Some families do travel to attend Scholar Weekends, and are encouraged to do so, though they arrange for their student’s housing and travel themselves.

Step 1: Choose your location, then identify and rank course offerings.

Please review the courses offered at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and then choose your courses and location. If you are interested in a course at another location other than these three, you must register directly with those partner sites.

You may identify up to nine courses you are most interested in and rank them from most preferred to least preferred. You may choose courses from different sessions and at different sites. The more choices you indicate, the better your chances are to be accepted to the program. However, please only rank courses in which you are willing to accept placement. Listing only one course does not increase your chances of being placed in the course. If placed, you will attend only one course.  

If your first choice is unavailable, you will be placed in your next highest-ranked available option, or wait-listed if none of your choices are available. Wait-listing is common, particularly at our Duke University location, because of the large number of applications we receive. Many TIP students placed on our wait-list end up attending Scholar Weekends each year, especially those who are flexible about which course and location they will accept.

Step 2: Apply online.

You can also email us to request a paper application, if you cannot apply online.

Due to the popularity of our courses and limited space, submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance to Scholar Weekends. Please be sure to apply as early as possible. We also strongly encourage you to apply online, as we cannot be responsible for paper applications that are delayed in transit.

Because not all TIP families are in a position to apply at 9 a.m. the day our application period opens, we process applications in daily batches, regardless of the time they are received that day. Applications are date-stamped, not time-stamped. This means all applications received on a given day are given equal consideration, whether the application is received at 9 a.m. or 11:59 p.m.

Step 3: Review your application for completeness and accuracy.

Admissions decisions and course placements will not be made until Duke TIP has received your complete application. Make sure your application contains the following:

  • student application, including course rankings and participation agreement
  • student and parent or guardian signatures
  • $10 nonrefundable application fee
  • financial aid application with required tax forms and documentation, if applicable

Over the course of two days, students in grades seven through eleven can explore new subjects in detail through hands-on and project-based learning. Courses cover a range of subjects and take place in Charlotte or Durham, North Carolina, or Winter Park, Florida, throughout the academic year.