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 Summer 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

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

  • You will be placed on the wait-list of every course you rank on your application.
  • We will place students on the wait-list until May 15; after that, the wait-list will be disbanded.
  • If another student withdraws before May 15 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 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. TIP uses a random number assigned to an application for the purposes of pulling students off wait-lists.

We have created an Opportunity Guide that lists alternate educational programs for gifted students in order to aid families who wish to explore other options.

Summer Studies is a three-week residential program for high-achieving young scholars 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.