Duke Undergraduate Admissions

Academic Excellence

Academically rigorous, strongly supportive.

Xing Su

P'13, immersive virtual reality, DiVE

Student Story
  • 84%

    of Duke graduates go on to pursue advanced degrees

  • 75%

    of enrolled students at Duke earn two or more degrees

  • 85%

    medical school acceptance rate, more than twice the national average

  • 2,000

    comfy seats in Duke Libraries

Bring Your Best.

These recent graduates have.

Every year, thousands of the world's best students apply to Duke. They come from public, private and parochial schools, and from all points on the economic, political and geographic spectrum. Once they come to Duke they are challenged, supported, guided and prepared for a lifetime of meaning. 

We put inquiry and discovery at the center of the educational process.

Our mission is to provide a liberal arts education for all of our undergraduates, providing them with broad knowledge and diverse tools for understanding the world. In every major or program of study, our focus is on interdisciplinary exploration.

We seek 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.


Our Opportunities

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Undergraduate Research

Participate in faculty mentoring, research-focused curricula and funded opportunities as early as your first year on campus.

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Immersive, Flexible Curriculum

Embrace Duke's multifaceted approach to coursework that is immersive, flexible and practice-oriented.

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Global Education

Take advantage of Duke's global education programs, which prepare you to live and work in an international environment.

Our resources are here to fortify you in every way you can imagine. Take advantage.

The Allure of Lemurs

Rachna Reddy learns from lemurs and charging bull elephants.

“I think that any Duke experience would be incomplete without pursuing a research project. There are so many brilliant professors and amazing projects. To be involved in these, all you have to do is ask. You’ll have a mentor who is most likely world-renowned, and you’ll have firsthand experience in cutting-edge technologies. This experience can give you a sense of significance and impact you for the rest of your life.”

Student Story Rachna Reddy

T’12, evolutionary anthropology, Duke Lemur Center

Centers, Labs and Institutes

Fitzpatrick Center

The Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences was built to emphasize interdisciplinary activities and encourage cross-departmental interactions. Research facilities focus on the fields of photonics, bioengineering, communications and materials science and materials engineering.

Haiti Lab

The “Haiti Lab” is the first humanities laboratory at the Franklin Humanities Institute. The lab merges research, education, and practical applications of innovative thinking for Haiti's disaster recovery and for the expansion of Haitian studies in the U.S. and Haiti.

Marine Lab

The Duke University Marine Laboratory is a campus of Duke University located on Piver’s Island overlooking the waterfront of historic Beaufort, North Carolina. The lab is a unit within the Nicholas School of the Environment. For over half a century, the Duke Marine Lab has been chosen by students for its unique high quality education: a learning as well as living experience.

Smart Home

The Duke Smart Home Program is a research-based approach to smart living sponsored by the Pratt School of Engineering. Primarily focused on undergraduates, the program encourages students from different academic disciplines to form teams and explore smart ways to use technology in the home.


Duke allots each student up to $100 per semester to invite faculty to dine with them at various locations around campus. The hope is that students will use Flunching to establish lasting relationships with faculty members that might not have developed in the classroom.

Duke is a place of amazing abundance. The resources are here to teach and fortify you in every way you can imagine. I have never seen a school where so many people are so responsive to student interest and initiative. Richard H. Brodhead, President