Application Instructions

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The application for the summer 2019 term has closed. Information about the 2020 term will be posted in December.

Important dates for 2019

8th, 9th, and 10th Grade Date
7th Grade Date

Financial aid application available 

January 2

January 2

Applications open at 9 a.m. (EST)

January 22

March 19

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 to the International Students page for the documentation they need.

Step 2: Identify and rank course preferences

  • You will be enrolled in one in-depth course for the entire three-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 qualificiation 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 for which you are qualified.
  • You may rank courses from different terms and at different sites. The more courses you rank, the better your chances of being 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. 
Parent Advice

Be willing to choose a different location than your first choice—it’s more important to go! Don’t miss out on this program. –Shannon B., TIP Parent, Texas

Step 3: Complete a program application

There are two methods to apply to Summer Studies:

  1. Apply online, which we strongly encourage.

  2. Email Duke TIP Admissions to request a paper application to complete and return via mail. (We will post the email address when the application opens.)

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 are open seats.

  • 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.

If you want to attend more than one term, you must submit a separate application for each term, along with a separate application fee.

Step 4: After submitting your application

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

Summer Studies is a three-week residential program for high-achieving students in grades seven through ten. Taking place at thirteen college campuses across the country over two different summer sessions, the programs provide the social and intellectual stimulus that gifted students need.

New to Summer Studies? Look for this banner and select it for advice from other parents on how to make the most of your child's Duke TIP experience:

Parent Advice

Throughout this section of our website, you can access advice from actual Duke TIP parents by clicking on the blue banner above. Their advice will then appear in a box of text like this one. If you would like to talk to a TIP parent directly, to hear what they have to say about the Summer Studies experience before you decide to apply, you are welcome to take advantage of our Parent Ambassador Program. Simply submit a request using this form and you will be contacted by a parent whose child attended the program last year.