Plan Your Trip
Visit Duke's Campus
The best way to experience Duke is to see it for yourself. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers high school students and their families a variety of opportunities to explore undergraduate life at Duke, both on campus and in your home area.
- On-Campus Activities See the activities for campus visitors.
- Duke in Your Area See when a Duke admissions representative will be in your area.
- Information Sessions and Campus Tours
- Group Tours
- Other Tours
- Attend a Class
- Overnight Visits
- Virtual Campus Tour
- Special Accommodations
In daily information sessions, admissions staff provide an overview of Duke for an audience of high school students, transfer candidates and their families. They also describe -- and answer questions about -- academic opportunities, student life, the undergraduate admissions process and financing a Duke education.
Information sessions are normally held in McClendon Commons, adjacent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, located on West Campus near the traffic circle at 2138 Campus Drive. Sessions are immediately followed by student-led walking tours of campus. In addition to seeing campus facilities, you'll have a chance to hear about Duke from a student's perspective. Tours typically last between an hour and fifteen minutes and an hour and a half. Please call ahead if you require accommodations or will require physical assistance during a tour of campus.
We offer campus tours based on the availability of our student tour guides and strongly recommend you plan to visit when students are on campus. We are also happy to provide you with maps and other information for self-guided campus tours. If you arrive on campus outside of our regular office hours, you will find a kiosk with these materials outside the front door.
Please click on the Other Tours tab above for questions and tour reservations for groups of 10 or more students.
Please note that Duke University is not associated with any organizations that promote for-profit campus tours. All official Duke University campus tours are conducted free of charge.
Duke is located in one of America's most interesting cities: Durham, North Carolina. We invite you to explore all the city has to offer while you're here.
Reservations are required. Please view our calendar for available dates of attendance.
2138 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Monday-Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday (visitors only): 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
PARKING & DRIVING
SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR & CAMPUS MAP (printable)
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We offer walking tours for groups of 10-50 high school-age students throughout the year at 11:30am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, except for March, April, May, and December. We encourage tour requests to be made at least three weeks in advance. While we cannot guarantee a tour for your group, we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.
If you have a group of younger students or a group of adults, please contact the Office of Special Events at (919) 684-3710, which offers tours during the Fall and Spring semesters. Duke University is unable to provide overnight housing for tour groups.
If your group is interested in special arrangements for on-campus dining, contact University Dining Services at (919) 660-3900.
For additional questions, call Undergraduate Admissions at (919) 684-3214.
Pratt School of Engineering Tours
The Pratt School of Engineering offers tours of its facilities. Reservations are required. Please view the Pratt website for details.
The Pratt tour schedule allows visitors to attend both the university campus tour and the Pratt engineering tour most weekdays. The Pratt tour lasts approximately one hour and showcases Pratt's newest facilities as well as typical labs and classroom. Tour guides also provide information about the various opportunities available to engineering students.
Questions about Pratt tours can be directed to Lauren Stulgis at email@example.com or 919-660-5996.
The Duke Basketball Museum and Athletics Hall of Fame is open on weekdays, opens at 8:00 AM. On weekends, opens at 9:00 AM (12:00 PM tip-off ONLY) or 10:00 AM (all other game times). Both areas will close and be cleared of all guests 2.5 hours prior to tip-off. Hall of Fame will re-open at 2 hours prior to tip-off as a general public ticketed entrance. Rubenstein Pavilion will re-open at 1 hour prior to tip-off as a general public ticketed entrance.
The Athletics Hall of Fame is now located in Scharf Hall. Guests wishing to visit the Museum should enter the Schwartz-Butters Athletic Building from the North side of Cameron Indoor Stadium (K-Ville side) via the accessible ramp or from McClendon Plaza on the west side of Cameron Indoor Stadium between Cameron and the Krzyzewski Center. Visit goduke.com for more information.
The Duke University Marine Laboratory provides tours Monday through Friday for interested students. A typical tour lasts approximately one hour. If you are a high school or college-aged student and would like to schedule a tour, please complete our tour request form. The request form can be found here along with other information about visiting. The Duke University Marine Laboratory is located in Beaufort, NC, approximately 180 miles east of Duke’s main campus. If you're unable to visit the Duke Marine Lab, check out their virtual tour. Additional information can be found on their website: http://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab
Duke provides Army, Navy and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs for interested students, all of which offer the possibility of financial aid in the form of scholarships and other aid options. Representatives from each division are available to answer questions specific to the program.
Visit the Duke ROTC websites, and feel free to contact each program’s Recruiting Officer for more information.
If you'd like to speak with a faculty member, coach, or ROTC officer during your visit, please contact the individual directly to make an appointment. We regret that our large number of visitors (20,000+ per year) makes it impossible for us to schedule these appointments for you. For email addresses, search the Duke University website. For telephone numbers call Duke Directory Assistance at (919) 684-8111.
As you explore the academic transition from high school to college, attending a college class can be one of the most significant and eye-opening experiences you may have. During your visit, we invite you to observe one of our undergraduate classes. To view our current course offerings, please visit the Schedule of Classes. If one our courses pique your interest, please contact the professor via email to coordinate your class visit.
Before your visit
- Peruse the class list and select the classes you are interested in. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
- Email the professor. Verify the class time and location and see what activities are taking place in class on the day you visit in order to avoid sitting in on a test or a quiz.
- Get to the classroom early and introduce yourself to the professor as a student interested in observing the class.
- Plan to spend the entire class period and avoid cellphone use so as not to disrupt the class.
**Please note that times and locations are subject to change without notice; courses may take field trips, take advantage of another room's technological amenities, or take advantage of warm weather to meet outside on the quad.
If you'd like to speak with a faculty member, coach or ROTC officer during your visit, please contact the individual directly to make an appointment. We regret that our large number of visitors (20,000+ per year) makes it impossible for us to schedule these appointments for you. For email addresses, search Duke's website. For telephone numbers, call Duke Directory Assistance at (919) 684-8111.
The Admissions Office coordinates an official hosting overnight program in the fall for high school seniors, available only on Sunday nights from September 24 through November 19, 2017.
To register for an overnight stay, please fill out the request form for your desired visitation date and submit the necessary paperwork found in the form confirmation email. We will do our best to match a prospective student with a current Duke first year student for your chosen night. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
We ask that you submit this request at least two weeks in advance of your anticipated overnight stay date.
During the spring term, the Admissions Office does not coordinate an official hosting program for prospective students. If you know a current undergraduate, you may contact that student and arrange your visit with them.
Explore Duke at your Own Pace
If you are not able to visit campus, we encourage you to view our virtual tour. The tour explores a number of Duke’s academic and extracurricular opportunities and includes information about housing, dining and residence life. You can take the tour all at once or jump into whatever section interests you.
The virtual tour can also be used as a self-guided tour if you are visiting Duke’s campus at a time when a student-led tour is not available. Simply use the map icon in the corner of the tour page.
Our virtual tour is compatible with most mobile devices, but we encourage you to view it on a computer to get the full effect and to interact with all the elements.
You can view additional photos and videos by clicking the thumbnail images in the lower-right corner of the tour screen. You can also view additional captions and information about these images and videos by clicking on the information icon in upper right corner of the photo or video.
You can always go straight to an individual stop by using the list on the left side of the screen, and you can move forward or backward by using the arrow buttons. We encourage you to spend some time exploring all the elements of the tour in order to get a full picture of life at Duke University.
The First-Year Experience
All first-year students live on East Campus, which creates a tight-knit first year class and a cohesive sense of community. First year students take classes and participate in activities on both West Campus and East Campus. You can explore East Campus and learn more about the residence halls, dining options, and opportunities on the East Campus section of our tour.
Duke University welcomes and encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.
If you anticipate that you will need wheelchair assistance, please call our office at least twenty-four hours in advance of your visit. The entire route on our student-led campus tour is wheelchair-accessible, and we are happy to provide guests with a wheelchair during their visit. We do not offer golf cart or bus tours of campus.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are available upon request for information sessions and campus tours. Requests for ASL interpreters should be submitted at least two weeks prior to your visit.
Every year, during the fall and late spring, our admissions officers travel to locations throughout the United States and the world to give high school students and their families an inside look at the Duke experience. At our programs, you can find out about Duke's academic offerings and student life, as well as the admissions process and financial assistance options.
Exploring College Options. Programs throughout the U.S. featuring Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn and Stanford that focus on our schools' similar approaches to admissions, academics, and financial aid.
Discover Duke. Discover Duke programs are admissions information sessions that typically last between one and a half to two hours. Our officers will provide a comprehensive overview of the various academic/research opportunities available to our undergraduates, include details regarding campus life, highlight study abroad options, and address the application process, as well as need-based financial aid.
International Travel. Duke-only and group travel in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
For more than 20 years, Duke admissions officers have partnered with our colleagues from Georgetown University, Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania to host Exploring College Options programs every spring and fall. At each Exploring College Options program, representatives from the five schools offer brief presentations about their respective institutions and answer questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions. Learn what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college applications.
Additionally, our admissions officers host special informational presentations called Discover Duke programs in locations throughout the United States every fall.
Duke admissions officers also visit high schools in selected U.S. cities during the fall season. To find out whether we're visiting your high school this year, check with your guidance counseling office in the fall.
Duke University admissions officers, in partnership with representatives from other American universities, host informational programs in various international locations each fall and spring. Duke admissions officers also independently visit schools and educational advising centers around the world.
Please be sure to add your name to our mailing list so we can email you if we’re coming to your country!
Africa: Admissions Officers from Dartmouth, Duke, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt visited from September to October 2017.
Canada: Admissions Officers from Duke, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt visited in October 2017.
Europe: Admissions Officers from Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, Princeton, and Vanderbilt visited in October 2017.
East and Southeast Asia: Admissions Officers from Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, Princeton, and Vanderbilt visited from August to September 2017.
Mexico: Admissions Officers from Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, and Stanford visited in October 2017.
- Reservations are required to attend any of our regularly scheduled information sessions and campus tours.
- Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the information session for which you've registered.
- Allow additional time to explore campus on your own. Talk with students and find out about their Duke experiences.
- "Demonstrated interest," the amount of contact between an individual and our admissions office, is not a factor in our admissions process.
- Because of the high volume of visitors, admissions officers are unable to schedule individual appointments with prospective students.
- If you want refreshments before your information session, check out Duke's dining venues.
Parking and Transportation
Duke is located near Interstates 40 and 85 in Durham, N.C. Though signs for Duke University abound throughout the area, you might need some guidance. You can map your route to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You may also find our searchable campus map to be a helpful reference tool.
Airport Ground Transportation
Duke's campus is only a 20-minute drive from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). For information on taxi service and other ground transportation options, please visit RDU's website. Duke does not provide airport shuttle service.
Where to Park
Visitors to our office should plan to arrive about 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the information session or tour they plan to attend, in order to allow adequate time for parking.
There is a limited number of free parking spaces for visitors in the circular drive in the front of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. However, visitors who park in these spaces need a permit, available at the admissions office reception desk.
There are additional spaces in the circular drive behind McClendon Commons, located immediately adjacent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. During peak times, many of our visitors will need to park in either the Sarah P. Duke Gardens lot or the Nasher Museum of Art lot. It takes approximately five to ten minutes to walk from one of these lots to our office, so please be sure to allow yourself adequate time.
The walking tour of campus concludes near the Bryan Center. If you wish instead to park in the Bryan Center garage or the Bryan Center hourly pay lot, you should allow for a ten minute walk to the Admissions Office. Visitor parking information may be reviewed here.
Numerous lodging options are available to Duke visitors. The Durham Convention and Visitor's Bureau is a helpful resource in identifying accommodations near campus. Another resource for finding a hotel near Duke is hotels-rates.com.
If you'd like to stay on campus, the four-diamond rated Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club sits right on the Duke University Golf Course. Built in the style of an English country inn, the Washington Duke is renowned for its lovely setting and gracious southern hospitality. Call (800) 443-3853 for information and reservations, or book your reservation online now.
Adjacent to the Fuqua School of Business, the four-diamond JB Duke Hotel is just steps from Duke’s storied athletic and education venues. The JB Duke’s modern amenities coupled with sleek accommodations and sophisticated style provide for a unique twist on Southern hospitality. Call (844)490-7100 for reservations or book online.
These listings are meant only as a resource for parents and guests of the University and are not an endorsement or recommendation by Duke University.
After a day of touring the campus or sitting in on a stimulating lecture, you will no doubt be starving. You're welcome to grab a bite in one of our outstanding on-campus dining venues, or you might consider sampling some of Durham's nationally acclaimed cuisine. For restaurant listings, see the Independent Weekly Triangle Dining Guide, Citysearch, Carpe Durham or visit the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau dining section.