Program Sites and Terms

LSU campus

Term dates

Term 1 June 9–June 29
Term 2 July 7–July 27
Duke University Marine Lab Term June 16–July 6

Site information

Summer Studies takes place at twelve college campuses and at the Duke University Marine Lab.

During each session, students live in college residence halls for the duration of the program and eat in the campus dining facilitates. Each site offers a variety of courses that take advantage of the host college’s unique academic resources. See our Academic Life and Student Life sections for more details.

Pick-up and drop-off arrangements can be made for students flying to site locations.

Parent Advice

We limited the options based on what we could drive to in a reasonable day. We live in North Carolina, so had quite a few options to begin with, but told our son he had to pick a site from options no more than about four hours away. Then he selected the courses from those on offer at the allowed locations. This still provided many interesting options, and it was a tough decision for him—a good thing! –Sasha T., TIP Parent, North Carolina

Age and qualification division

To ensure that students are placed in an academic and social environment that matches their needs, all sites are designated for specific age groups and qualification levels.

Some sites have Center-level classes, while others offer Academy-level classes. The only exception is the Duke University Marine Lab, which both Center and Academy students can attend.

Sites are also split by grade. Some sites host only seventh- and eighth-grade students, and others host eighth-, ninth-, and tenth-grade students. Eighth graders can choose which age group is the best academic and social fit for them.

The average class enrollment is sixteen to eighteen students at all sites.

View Center sites View Academy sites


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.