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The Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) is a program for gifted students that is very similar to CTY, and can be sometimes referred to by CTYers as "the CTY of the south" (as there are no sites south of JHU). TIP is also known to share many canon songs and a few alike traditions.


TIP tradition songs include:

  • Blister In The Sun
  • It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
  • Time Warp
  • Tunak Tunak Tun
  • Iris
  • Nightswimming

and even

  • American Pie

TIP canon also has some of their own unique additions, such as "Yatta," "Brown Eyed Girl," and "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate." Most TIP canon tends to have less callbacks and tradition involved, i.e. American Pie does not have positions to act out, the "sex, more, orgy" chant (with the exception of Duke West term 2, which still omits "orgy"), and many other parts that are unique to CTY. The Time Warp also does not include the same/as many callbacks. But, Blister In the Sun is exactly the same at both programs.

TIP also has some similar tradition days, such as Wear A Skirt Wednesday (Drag Day) and Casino Day (Casino Night), while also having traditions unique to the program/campus. They also have a talent show and end-of-term slideshow (term = session).


TIP has 7 campuses for the Center for Summer Studies (their equivalent of the Intensive Studies program), all located in the southeastern region/southern center of the United States. Their Center campuses are:

  • Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)
  • Davidson College (Davidson, NC)
  • New College of Florida (Sarasota, FL)
  • Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • Duke East (Durham, NC) [This site is known for being the most tradition heavy, e.g. the equivalent of Lancaster]
  • Duke West (Durham, NC) [Roughly the equivalent of Carlisle]
  • Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA)


On November 1st, 2015, Clay Sullivan of TiP and Victoria Provost of CTY created a Facebook group to try to bring the two nerd camps together. It was originally faced with animosity and saltiness from members of both camps, but they eventually got to know each other through comment threads and Google Hangouts.

The group description:
Two nerd camps, both alike in dignity,
On fair Facebook, where we lay our scene,
From ancient friendship bear new amity,
Where learned minds make learned thoughts take wing

It was widely agreed that Clay and his girlfriend, Christina Wang of SAR, were the Romeo and Juliet of TiP and CTY.

CTY and TiP Peace Organisation-[1]


A TiPster with friends that are CTYers has notified me that TiP is, in fact, equally as gay as CTY. While looking at the wiki to get info for this article, I found a speech written in a satire class at University of Georgia (a site for the TiP equivalent of Academic Explorations) that is actually fantastic and would highly recommend reading even if you have no interest in TiP whatsoever.

If you want to learn more about TIP, you can visit the official webpage and their student-run wiki site.