Application Instructions

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Important dates for 2018


Financial aid application available 

March 1

Program application opens

April 4

Full Payment Due

May 9

Textbooks, welcome letter, and initial instructions mailed to students

May 30

Program Dates

June 7–July 27

Please read these instructions carefully.

Step 1: Know your TIP ID number

In order to apply to a Duke TIP educational program, students must have a TIP ID number. 

  • If you previously participated in the Talent Search or an educational program but do not know your TIP ID number, please use the TIP ID number look up tool.
  • If you have not participated before and need a TIP ID number, you may request one via the TIP ID request. Domestic US students will need to submit their ACT or SAT scores to complete the TIP ID 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 only 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 whether you are eligible to take the courses you list. (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.

Important things to know

  • Spaces fill quickly, so apply early in the registration period.

  • Applications are date-stamped, not time-stamped. We process applications in daily batches regardless of the time they are received that day. This means all applications received on a given day are given equal consideration, whether they are received at 9 a.m. or 11:59 p.m.

  • 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 is current availability in it.

  • If you are applying for financial aid, you must submit a financial aid application in addition to your program application before your program application can be considered for placement. For information on how to apply for financial aid, please refer to How to Apply for Financial Aid.

  • We strongly encourage you to apply online, as we cannot be responsible for mailed applications that are lost or delayed in transit.

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.