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.
The Spirit of a Duke Education
Duke's mission is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to intellectual growth but also the transformation of adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities. We strive 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.
– Duke's Board of Trustees
Duke Value by the Numbers
of Duke undergrads complete faculty-mentored research projects
of students graduate in four years
of students receive some form of financial aid
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