After You Apply

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When will I find out my application status?

  • Once you apply and provide all necessary documentation, we will notify you of admissions decisions by email within two weeks of receiving your application. Please be aware that all program-related emails are sent to the primary parent email address entered on the student’s program application, not the email address used to create the student account (if they are different).

  • If you have not received an email notification within two weeks of submitting your student’s application, please sign into student portal to see if your student has been placed.

If you’re placed

Once you’ve received notification that you have been placed in a Field Studies course, you will need to access our student portal to:

  • See course placement and financial aid award, if applicable.
  • Accept or decline placement within a week of notification. You must pay the required deposit when accepting the placement.
  • Complete the required forms.
  • Pay program fees.
  • Access other important course and campus information (available in May).

Your student portal account is the same as your application account, so if you applied online, simply use the same login credentials to access your student portal account.

Once you’ve logged into your student portal account, click on your TIP ID number to access the forms and additional information, or to make a payment. Remember that you will need to accept your placement and submit your enrollment deposit within one week of receiving your placement offer.

If you’re wait-listed

If we get more Field Studies applications than we have spots, Duke TIP will set up a wait-list for each course to allow students who want to attend an opportunity to do so if any initially admitted students withdraw from the program. If you are wait-listed:

  • You will be placed on the wait-list of every field study you rank in your application.
  • If any students withdraw before the end of April and we are able to offer you a spot in a course, we will notify you.
  • Should you be placed in a course, you will be removed from all other course wait-lists. You cannot be placed in a course and on a wait-list at the same time.

Unfortunately, because it depends on factors out of our control, we cannot provide more specific information about how long you might be wait-listed or how likely it is that you will be offered a placement. Those decisions are dependent on other students canceling.

Applicants are not assigned a wait-list number because there are separate wait-lists for each course. Students are placed on each wait-list by the date that the complete application is received.

We have created an Opportunity Guide that lists alternate educational programs for gifted students.

Travel information

If you are placed in a Field Studies course, travel information will be provided via the student portalPlease do not make any travel arrangements before reviewing the travel details online. Participants are required to secure travel arrangements that ensure they arrive at the destination airport or host site within the designated time period. Please carefully review information detailed in the student portal and contact us with any questions prior to finalizing your travel reservations.

International travel

Participants in international Field Studies courses are required to purchase a ticket and to travel to the destination as part of a group reservation. Find additional information on the Travel to Site page.

These two-week residential programs for students in ninth through twelfth grade take place at Duke University, New College of Florida, or one of several unique field study locations. Courses take place during the summer and cover a variety of different academic disciplines.