Program Basics

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Typical daily schedule


7:45–8:45 a.m.


8:45–9 a.m.

Meet Teaching Assistants and walk to class

9 a.m.–noon


noon–1 p.m.

Lunch in campus dining facility

1–4 p.m.


4–5 p.m.

Free time within designated boundaries

5–6 p.m.

Dinner with residential living group in campus dining facility

6–7 p.m.

Evening study (Monday–Thursday)

7–8:45 p.m.

Evening residential programming (Monday–Thursday)

8:45–9:30 p.m.

Free time within designated boundaries

9:30–10 p.m. RC meeting (students must check-in with their Residential Counselor and remain on their hall)

10–10:45 p.m.

Prep for lights out; quiet time (students must remain on their hall)

10:45 p.m.

Lights out

Times may vary slightly at different campuses, and attendance is required at all activities except breakfast.

Staff members supervise students throughout the day, including during blocks of free time. Duke TIP students may not leave campus or designated boundaries at any point during the program, except under the direct supervision of Duke TIP staff.

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On Friday, in place of evening study, students enjoy staff-supervised free time to participate in optional group activities, attend religious services available in the area, read, or hang out with friends. Friday evenings at TIP generally mean a campus-wide event, including movie nights and talent shows.

On Saturdays, students attend class from 9 a.m. to noon and, after lunch, participate in campus-wide activities that have become storied traditions on each campus, including games and field day activities. Saturday evenings at TIP generally include a dance, though options will be available for students who do not wish to attend.

Free time on Sunday mornings is a time to take a break from academic work and structured activities. Students may choose to socialize in staff-supervised areas, attend religious services available in the area, do laundry, or sleep late. In the afternoon and evening, a wide variety of activities are offered, including off-campus trips.

On-site administration

All TIP programs are run by experienced staff members who are committed to creating a positive, memorable experience.

In addition to staff in our main office, our programs include a wide variety of staff members who work on site. All of them have undergone a highly competitive application process, passed an annual background check, and received training in the protection of minors before beginning work.

Positions include administrative staff who oversee logistics, communication with families, and student behavior; instructional staff who plan and run academic activities; and residential staff who oversee social and recreational activities.

The on-site office

Each campus has an on-site office that serves as the main point of contact for parent questions during the program. Contact information for the office will be provided to enrolled students in May.

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.