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.


Applications open (print and online)

December 4

Full payment due

One week after course placement

Please read these instructions carefully.  

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, 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 Academic Adventures each year, especially those who are flexible about which 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 Academic Adventures. Please be sure to apply early. We also strongly encourage you to apply online, as we cannot be responsible for mailed 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 submitted. 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 

Academic Adventures give fourth, fifth, and sixth graders the opportunity to explore fascinating subjects not found elsewhere, deepen their knowledge of a favorite field, and meet other gifted students. Courses cover a range of subjects and are offered by Duke TIP at three different college campuses, as well as at partner locations across the country.