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Duke University

Duke University

Younger than most other prestigious U.S. research universities, Duke University consistently ranks among the very best. Duke’s home campus is situated on nearly 9,000 acres in Durham, N.C, a city of more than 200,000 people.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

Duke seeks ambitious and curious students who want to tackle issues head-on and are open to change. Duke is a community of exceptionally talented learners, and we look for people who can challenge us as much as we challenge them.

The first-year experience at Duke takes place primarily on our historic East Campus, which is home to over 1,700 first-year students. You will live, learn, study, explore and socialize on East, the center of a distinctive academic, extracurricular and cultural first year.

Duke believes an exceptional residential undergraduate experience is part of your education and we require you to live on campus your first three years. After a year on the all-freshman East Campus, you then move into a “house” with a mix of sophomores, juniors and seniors. Upperclass students reside in sections of West Campus residential halls or in clusters of apartments on Central Campus, which has its own restaurants, pool and playing fields. Seniors can continue living in their houses or branch out into Durham.


"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.

“By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”


K-Ville and Cameron Crazies: Krzyzewskiville, or K-ville for short, is a phenomenon that occurs before major men's basketball games at Duke University. In simplest terms, it is the line for undergraduate students wishing to gain access to the designated tenting games. Students await placement for sought-after seats at games, living in a community of tents outside of Cameron Indoor Stadium. Coach K has been known to buy pizza for the K-Ville residents and has held open-forum "team meetings" with the Cameron Crazies before games.

Springternational: This international cultural festival, held on main West Quad, is a popular annual event open to the entire Duke community. Springternational showcases the many cultures represented at Duke and features international food, music and performances.

Froshlife: Froshlife is an annual competition that brings first-year students together with filmmaking equipment to produce short movies about their Duke experience. Films are judged at their “world premiere” on East Campus.

Bricks to Stone: Bricks to Stone is a ceremony that signals the end of the first-year experience and the transition to the larger Duke community. Students are “pinned” with a special class pin by administrators and faculty who have played meaningful roles during the students’ first year at Duke.

Midnight Breakfast: At the end of each semester, the East Campus Council works with Duke Dining Services to host a late-night study break in the Marketplace. Midnight Breakfast has become a campus tradition and students look forward to receiving the themed t-shirt in addition to the yummy late-night meal. Past themes have transported hungry students to Candyland, a Rock Concert, Sailing the Seas and even a Boy Band event.

Student Life:

Duke students complete one million hours of community service in Durham, N.C. There are over 30 student-created service organizations that operate in Durham and the surrounding area. 

There are more than 400 student-created clubs and organizations that operate on campus.

The student-run Sport Clubs Program provides opportunities for students to participate in sports and recreational activities. Whether you’re interested in badminton, cycling, rugby, ultimate frisbee, sailing, skiing, lacrosse, table tennis, martial arts, equestrian or football, at Duke, there’s a sport club for you.

Fraternities and sororities have historically been a significant part of campus life by sponsoring inter-campus events, hosting parties and performing community service. They are known for providing leadership opportunities and fostering a sense of belonging and campus spirit.



Blue Devil
Today the origin of the university mascot is virtually forgotten even though its instant, national recognition has long been established. With the popular Red Devil mascot frequently being challenged throughout the country, the origin of Duke's Blue Devil is one of the most often requested items of information in the University Archives. Questioners are universally surprised to discover its origin is more military and patriotic than religious.

Duke today:

Duke University offers two undergraduate academic paths: liberal arts and engineering. The Trinity College of Arts and Sciences offers 48 majors, 50 minors, 20 interdisciplinary certificates, and 4,000 courses each semester. The Nicholas School cooperates with the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences in awarding four undergraduate degrees: the AB in environmental science and policy and the BS in environmental sciences (both provide an optional opportunity to complete a concentration in Marine Sciences and Conservation), and the BA and BS in earth and ocean sciences. Duke also has a number of graduate and professional programs.


Duke has an enrollment of over 6,400 undergraduates and 8,400 gradate and professional students. 

Famous graduates:

Timothy Cook (born November 1, 1960) graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1982, and went on to earn an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in the late '80s. Following a 12-year career at IBM, in 1994, Cook became a chief operating officer (Reseller Division) at Intelligent Electronics. He then worked for Compaq as vice president of corporate materials, procuring and managing product inventory. After six months at Compaq, Cook left his position and took a job at Apple. In August 2011, Cook was named Apple's new CEO, taking over the position for former CEO and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011 after a years-long battle with cancer.

Melinda Gates (born August 15, 1964) took a job at Microsoft Corporation in 1987 and married her boss, Bill Gates, in 1994. That year, she and her husband co-founded what was later to become the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2006 she restructured the organization. In 2012 she pledged $560 million toward improving access to contraception for women in poor countries.

Interesting facts about Duke University:

Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is the winningest male college basketball coach in history with 976 career wins as of February 11, 2014. Under Krzyzewski (pronounced: She-shef-ski), Duke has won 4 NCAA championships; it’s tied for fifth all-time in NCAA wins. As a testament to his influence on the school’s men’s basketball program, Cameron Indoor Stadium’s basketball court was renamed Coach K Court in November 2000. The area outside the stadium is known as “Krzyzewskiville” or “K-ville."

Established in 1966, the Lemur Center is the world’s largest sanctuary for rare and endangered prosimian primates. Sprawled across 85 acres in Duke Forest, it houses 15 species of lemurs, lorises from India and Southeast Asia, and bushbabies from Africa.