Summer Springboard program located in the North Carolina Research Triangle

Campus Overview

This prestigious private university is consistently ranked among the top ten in the United States. Often called one of the most beautiful campuses in America, this university boasts modern teaching and research facilities, lush botanical gardens, and is home to top ranking sports teams.


Residential Tuition:
$5,198 Tuition will increase to $5,398 after November 30th

Extended Commuter Tuition:
$3,598 Tuition will increase to $3,698 after November 30th

Commuter Tuition:
$2,998 Tuition will increase to $3,098 after November 30th


Session 1:
July 2, 2023 July 14, 2023

Session 2:
July 16, 2023 July 28, 2023


Research Triangle


  • Summer Springboard did an excellent job of mixing fun with learning, with field trips and hands on activities. And it was so easy to make new friends!

    Olivia L.

  • My daughter came home thrilled with her experience and continues to talk about what she learned. Additionally, the staff was excellent and my daughter raved about them.

    Mary M.

Academic Courses

At Summer Springboard we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We have worked hard to design courses, field trips and guest lectures that take advantage of the campus location in the heart of North Carolina's high tech Research Triangle. Whenever possible, classes are held outdoors, on-site or in a lab-type setting to allow students as many ’hands on’ opportunities as possible.

Each morning on the campus we break out into small groups based on your academic program. During this time, students will dive deep into a specific subject area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors and professional experts. Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that the research triangle has to offer.

Computer Science

Girls coding at Thunkable offices

Do you wonder what it’s like to develop software for a living? Do you possess a natural curiosity towards computer technology and platform development? This program challenges students to think critically and creatively about today’s most pressing technology-related questions. Students will be exposed to the whole cycle of product development from database architecture and APIs to debugging.

Note: Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.

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Emergency Medicine

Our summer medical program for high school students gives you a 360 degree view of the medical and healthcare field, as well as immersive learning through hands-on projects and simulations. Students will get the unique opportunity to hop on board and learn how things really operate in the back of an ambulance. In addition, they will get behind-the-scenes access to a hospital ward room, emergency or intensive care unit room, operating room or procedural training room.

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Gaming Development

Technology is highly integrated in our daily lives that learning to code can benefit for college, a future career, and beyond. It’s a great time to begin learning and building coding skills. Whether students are interested in 3D modeling, gameplay programming or level design, they can expand their project’s portfolio, gain exposure to critical game industry insights, and connect with talented peers and mentors. Coding plays a fundamental role in our daily lives and allows for incredible advancements in medicine, exploring space, environmental conservation, and much more! What more fun way than applying this knowledge towards the process of creating a video game?

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Green Technology


Join the Green Tech course at Summer Springboard and put your interest in climate change and the depletion of natural resources to good use. Even though the market for green technology is quite young, it has accumulated a significant amount of investor interest. Gain a better understanding of green technology and how it uses of tech and science to reduce human impacts on the natural environment. The main goal is to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in order to prevent climate change. Solar power is one of the most successful green technologies and is now cheaper to deploy than fossil fuels in many countries. Debate and unravel together the best way to create products and services that are environmentally friendly.

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Public Policy

lecture hall

The government today can affect all aspects of our lives. Curious to find out more about issues addressed by public policy such as public health, criminal justice, gun rights, immigration, reproductive rights, drug use, education, and disaster preparedness. Learn and discuss the system of laws, regulatory measures, courses of action, and funding priorities concerning a given topic promulgated by a governmental entity or its representatives. This course aims to create conditions for learning, opportunity and experience, which enable young people to develop knowledge, skills and competences.

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Activities & Trips

Known for its award winning sports team and passionate fans. But it is also nestled in the heart of North Carolina's Research Triangle. Visit some of the key attractions in the Raleigh-Durham corridor, including the basketball museum and lemur center. The campus holds much to explore and is perfect for diving into your favorite subjects in a beautiful setting. All excursions are fully supervised by Summer Springboard staff.

  • Durham North Carolina home of Summer Springboard program at Duke University

Raleigh, North Carolina

Downtown Raleigh, N.C., is where historic neighborhoods, world-class museums, Southern diners, and outdoor green spaces all work together to create one incredible cultural hotspot. We'll spend a day exploring must see sights including North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and more!

Duke Lemur Center

The Duke Lemur Center is the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs – Earth’s most threatened group of mammals – outside of Madagascar. The Duke Lemur Center advances science, scholarship, and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research, community-based conservation, and public outreach.

Carowinds Amusement Park

For over 45 years, Carowinds has been right at the heart of where the Carolinas come together. The park features more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Scream out loud on one of our 13 roller coasters— Copperhead Strike is the first double launch roller coaster in the Carolinas that takes off at an incredible 0 to 42 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds.

UNC Chapel Hill

To get another perspective on college life, students will also tour UNC Chapel Hill. While on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill, students will check out the Carolina Basketball Museum. The museum features artifacts, videos, photos, statistical and historical panels that highlight the history of the Carolina Basketball program.

Student Life

During the Summer Springboard program, you'll live on Campus. This is the campus most often identified with the University. Residential quads, academic buildings, athletic facilities, research facilities, and graduate and professional schools make up the geography of West Campus.

  • A statue on a roundabout in the centre of Durham, North Carolina, USA.
  • high school students in class at northwestern
  • students walking across campus
  • Deering Library on the campus of Northwestern University


Just like a college student, students share a dorm room with roommates and use a common bathroom. Floors are gender-segregated and rooms contain an extra-long twin size bed, desks, drawers, mirror and a closet.

Your Resident Advisor (RA) will live on your hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay. Other members of the Summer Springboard staff also live on campus and are available to support students and tackle emergencies, 24 hours a day.


All dormitories have 24-hour security and uses electronic keys to enter each building and dorm room. Campus security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance during the Summer Springboard program for high school students.


Your dormitory is part of a complex of buildings around a courtyard. Each building has laundry facilities, lounges and high speed wireless internet throughout.

The university is committed to providing a healthy, smoke-free environment for students, faculty and staff. Accordingly, no smoking is permitted in student rooms or inside buildings, including lounges and balconies.


Ranked 1st by the Daily Meal for “Best Colleges for Food in America” in 2017. Summer Springboard students enjoy three meals a day included in the tuition. Most meals on campus will be in one of the student dining halls. There is a great variety of menu choices, and can accommodate diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal, or specific food allergies.

Note: Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program