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Grades 7 and 8

Duke TIP at Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

Davidson College is a nationally recognized, highly selective independent liberal-arts college located just outside Charlotte, with an enrollment of 1,950 students. To date, Davidson students have garnered 23 Rhodes Scholarships. The intimate and picturesque 665-acre campus in a small-town setting provides a nurturing and supportive environment for young Duke TIP participants.

Duke TIP at Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas

Trinity University, home to 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, ranks number one in U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings for master’s universities in the West. Trinity is a selective university known for a broad range of exceptional programs, a nationally recognized library, and a lively campus with abundant state-of-the-art resources. The beautiful, 117-acre campus is positioned on a hillside overlooking historic downtown San Antonio and serves as an inviting and dynamic setting for seventh and eighth grade students.

Duke TIP at Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Located in the vibrant, culturally rich city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University has the feel of a small liberal-arts college with research facilities that rival those of much larger institutions. In 2017, Wake Forest was ranked twenty-seventh among all universities nationwide in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings. Approximately 7,600 students choose from 39 majors, and the school’s law, business, and medical schools are nationally ranked.

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Grades 8, 9, and 10

Duke TIP at Duke University East Campus

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University, consistently recognized as one of the nation’s finest educational institutions, attracts exceptional students from around the globe for liberal-arts, graduate, and professional studies. Duke’s East Campus, initially developed in 1892 as Trinity College, was rebuilt in stately Georgian architectural style in the 1920s. Centered on a grassy quad, East Campus supports a close-knit community atmosphere.

Duke TIP at Duke University West Campus

Durham, North Carolina

Duke’s West Campus was built in the 1920s with funding donated by James B. Duke, and the university has since developed into a premier center of learning, medicine, and research. With its Gothic architecture, hand-carved moldings, and cutting-edge research facilities, West Campus offers an unforgettable learning environment.

Duke TIP at Duke University Marine Lab

Beaufort, North Carolina 

The Duke University Marine Lab offers modern research facilities and vessels, weathered rustic charm, and captivating views of the surrounding channels, sandbars, and islands. The Marine Lab has a traditional camp atmosphere, and participants live in small bunkhouses with multiple bunks per room. Located on Pivers Island on the North Carolina coast, the Marine Lab provides an intimate setting for students interested in marine science.

Duke TIP at Georgia Tech

Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia Tech, founded in 1885 as the Georgia School of Technology, is one of the oldest and most respected polytechnical universities in the United States. The university is consistently ranked among the top ten public universities in the country, and its engineering program is consistently ranked in the top five. Located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is close to world-class cultural facilities such as the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the High Museum of Art, and the Georgia Aquarium. On campus, the university has more than one hundred interdisciplinary research centers that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business.

Duke TIP at Rice University

Houston, Texas

Founded in 1912, Rice is located on a three-hundred-acre forested campus near the Houston Museum District. With an undergraduate enrollment of just under 3,900 and a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 6-to-1, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top twenty universities by U.S. News & World Report. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, earning a number one ranking for best quality of life by the Princeton Review.

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.

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