After You Apply

students on Duke University quad

When will I find out my application status?

  • We will email you your admissions status within two weeks of receiving your completed application and all necessary documentation. Please note 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 the 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 your course placement and financial aid award, if applicable.
  • Accept or decline your 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 the portal.

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

For many courses, we receive more applications than we have spots for each year. For example, one of our sites received 647 applications on the first day of registration for 448 seats. That’s why we strongly recommend listing more than one course of interest on your application—it will increase your chances of being placed in a course.

Parent Advice

Some of the best experiences my kid has had were in her second pick. Remember the class is important, but there is SO much more to the Summer Studies experience than the class. –Mylene M., TIP Parent, Texas

To give students an opportunity to attend if any admitted students withdraw, we maintain a wait-list for each course. 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 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.