Application Instructions

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Important dates for 2019


Application opens

April 2

Textbooks and initial instructions mailed to students

May 29

Program dates

June 6–July 26

Step 1: Know your TIP ID number

You must have a Duke TIP ID number to apply to one of our educational programs. 

  • If you previously participated in the 7th Grade Talent Search or a TIP educational program, you can use the TIP ID look up tool.
  • If you have not participated before, you may request a TIP ID with our request tool. Domestic US students will need to submit their ACT or SAT scores to complete the request. International students should refer the International Students page for documentation needed as part of their request for a TIP ID.

Step 2: Identify and rank your preferred courses.

  • You will be enrolled in one in-depth course for the entire seven-week term.
  • You can identify up to nine courses you are interested in and rank them from most preferred to least preferred.
  • Before you choose, you must determine your qualification level on our eligibility page. (If a course has additional eligibility criteria, it will be noted in the course description.) Our application system will only allow you to apply for courses you are qualified for.
  • The more courses you rank, the better your chances are you will be accepted to the program; however, please only list courses you really intend to accept. Listing only one choice does not increase your chances of being placed in that 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.

Step 3: Complete a program application

You should apply online using your TIP ID number.

Important things to know

  • Applying does not guarantee placement into the program.

  • Courses will remain open for registration until a course and its wait-list are both full. Being able to select a course does not mean there are open seats.

Step 4: What's next

To know what to expect after applying, please visit After You Apply.

This seven-week program for seventh through eleventh graders takes place during the summer. Students join an online class of twenty-four and are led in high school– or college-level coursework by an expert instructor who oversees discussions, live video meetings, and peer-to-peer interaction.