June 30, 2019 - July 12, 2019

July 14, 2019 - July 26, 2019


Durham, NC

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Campus Overview

Duke is a prestigious private university consistently ranked among the top ten in the United States. Often called one of the most beautiful campuses in America, Duke boasts soaring Gothic buildings, modern teaching and research facilities, lush botanical gardens, and is home to multiple national championship winning sports teams.

Early July: June 30 - July 12, 2019
Late July: July 14 - July 26, 2019

Residential Tuition: $4,998 USD
Extended Commuter Tuition: $3,398 USD
Commuter Tuition: $2,498 USD

Academic Programs

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 Duke's location in the heart of North Carolina's high tech Research Triangle. Whenever possible, this Duke summer program's 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 Duke University 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 Durham, North Carolina has to offer.

Business & Entrepreneurship

Whatever you do in life, foundational business skills such as effective communication, sales and marketing, and financial management will serve you well. These skills let you transform your ideas into a real business that will give you greater control of your destiny. Students will learn firsthand from business veterans about starting and running a business. Over the course of the program, they will develop a plan for a new venture and pitch their idea to real world investors. Along the way, meet with leaders from different areas of business and finance.

Computer Science

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.

Creative Writing

Words have power. Words shape how people perceive reality. Words can change the world. Join Summer Springboard’s Creative Writing program and become immersed in the study of four different genres using the Writer’s Workshop methodology. Through a variety of lessons, writing prompts, guest speakers, field trips, and time to put pen to paper, the course will sharpen writing skills and love of the written word. Discover what it takes to be a novelist, a poet, a scriptwriter, and a gonzo journalist.


Engineering & Innovation

Engineering is one of the top desired careers in many companies. These businesses are always in need of creative minds that can problem solve on their feet and help the company save money, solve issues, and expand their reach. If you are considering a career in Engineering, this course will help you explore what it takes to be an engineer. We will explore facets of mechanical, structural, civil, and electrical engineering in a hands-on, minds-on approach.

Medicine & Healthcare

Considering a career in medicine? Thinking about being a pre-med major in college? Do you love biology, are fascinated about the human body, or want a career helping people but aren’t sure where to start? These are big questions that can influence the next four to twelve years of your life.  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.

Activities & Trips

Duke is know 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 Duke's own 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.

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

  • 8:00am


  • 9:00am

    Academic Program

  • 12:30pm


  • 1:30pm

    Recreational Activity or Program Excursion

  • 3:00pm

    The True You - College Prep

  • 5:00pm

    Commuter Students Depart

  • 6:00pm


  • 7:00pm

    Evening Activities

  • 8:00pm

    Extended Commuter Students Depart

  • 10:30pm


During the Summer Springboard @ Duke program, you'll live in Duke’s West Campus. This is the campus most often identified with the University. The famous Duke Chapel sits at the center of West Campus and its gothic-inspired buildings. Residential quads, academic buildings, athletic facilities, research facilities, and graduate and professional schools make up the geography of West Campus.


Just like a college student at Duke, 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 at Duke. 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. Duke security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance during the Northwestern summer 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.

Duke 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.


Duke was ranked 1st by the Daily Meal for “Best Colleges for Food in America” in 2017. Summer Springboard @ Duke 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.