Duke Undergraduate Admissions

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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.

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.

Book a Visit

Reservations are required. Please view our calendar for available dates of attendance. 

LOCATION
Undergraduate Admissions
McClendon Commons
2138 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-3214

OFFICE HOURS
Monday-Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday (visitors only): 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

PARKING & DRIVING
View Map

SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOUR & CAMPUS MAP (printable)
View Guide and map

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.

Large Group Tours

We schedule walking tours for groups of 10-50 high school-age students throughout the year, Monday through Friday, 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.

Register for a large group tour

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. 

Groups interested in special arrangements for dining on-campus should contact University Dining Services at (919) 660-3900.

For additional questions, call Undergraduate Admissions at (919) 684-3214.

Marine Lab

The Duke University Marine Laboratory offers immersive undergraduate courses in marine science and conservation in fall and spring semesters and in two summer terms. Students have daily one-on-one interaction with world-renowned faculty in a small class setting on an island that is its own outdoor research laboratory. Students can opt in to exciting opportunities for worldwide research travel courses and a certificate program that spans both campuses. The Marine Lab 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. Additional information can be found on our website: http://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab

ROTC

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 ROTC websites, and feel free to contact each program’s Recruiting Officer for more information.

Air Force (AFROTC)
afrotc.duke.edu
Recruiting Officer: Major Chad Richardson
919-660-1869

Army (AROTC)
arotc.duke.edu
Recruiting Officer: David Behm
919-660-3091

Navy/Marine Corps (NROTC)
nrotc.duke.edu
Recruiting Officer: Lt. Carolyn Bloomfield
919-660-3708

Questions about Pratt tours can be directed to Lauren Stulgis at lauren.stulgis@duke.edu or 919-660-5996.

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. 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. Duke undergraduate classes in every department and program are open to visitors. 

If you are interested in attending a class, please consult this list of courses that have been specially approved by faculty as appropriate for prospective students. For a full course listing, please consult the registrar's office.

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.

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.

When visiting

  • 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.

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 18 through November 20, 2016.

*Please note we will not be able to host guests during Fall Break, from October 7 to October 12, 2016.

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 freshman for your chosen night.

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. 

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 two days 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.

If you would like to request special accommodations or have questions about disability access, please contact our office at (919) 684-3214. For more information, please visit the Disability Management System.

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.

Virtual Tour

Make the Most of Your Virtual Experience

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.

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.

Discover Duke. Duke-only programs in major U.S. cities.

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.

InDuke 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!

Admissions Officers from Duke, Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, Northwestern and Princeton Universities will visit South Asia and the Middle East this fall.

We invite all interested students, parents, alumni and counselors to learn more about the undergraduate admissions process and academic opportunities at our schools. Please note that the events will begin promptly at their given start times. Visitors will need to show photo identification to gain entrance to the venues.

Due to space limitations, we encourage you to register online. Please register by clicking on the appropriate event link below.

India

Information Session at B.D. Somani International School
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 5:00 PM
Mumbai

Information Session at Jamnabai Narsee International School
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Mumbai

Information Session at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Bangalore

Information Session at Oakridge International School
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Hyderabad

Information Session at Vasant Valley School
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM
New Dehli

Information Session at Shri Ram School
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Gurgaon

Information Session at Jayshree Periwal International School
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Jaipur

Information Session at USIEF Regional Office - The American Center (First Floor)
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Kolkata

Jordan

Information Session at Amman Baccalaureate School
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Amman

Admissions Officers from Duke, Georgetown and Stanford Universities, the Massachussetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pennyslvania will visit cities in Central and South America this spring.

We invite all interested students, parents, alumni and counselors to learn more about the undergraduate admissions process and academic opportunities at our schools. Please note that the events will begin promptly at their given start times. Visitors will need to show photo identification to gain entrance to the venues.

Due to space limitations, we encourage you to register online. Please register by clicking on the appropriate event link below.

Argentina

Information Session at Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Buenos Aires

Brazil

Information Session at The British School - Rio de Janeiro
Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Rio de Janeiro

Information Session at Organização Educacional Farias Brito
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Fortaleza

Information Session at Escola Graduada De Sao Paulo
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Sao Paulo

Information Session at Colegio Etapa
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Sao Paulo

Colombia

Information Session at Colegio Nueva Granada
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Bogota

Costa Rica

Information Session at Countray Day School-Alajuela
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM
San Rafael De Alajuela

Ecuador

Information Session at Academia Cotopaxi
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Quito

Panama

Information Session at Academia Interamericana De Panama
Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Panama

Peru

Information Session at Arts Center, Markham College
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Lima

Visiting Tips

  • 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

Getting Here

Driving Directions

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.

Download and print parking and driving directions

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.

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Accommodations

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. 

The JB Duke Hotel, just steps from Duke’s storied athletic and education venues, will open in January 2017 and is currently accepting online reservations. The JB Duke’s modern amenities coupled with sleek accommodations and sophisticated style provide for a unique twist on Southern hospitality. 

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.

Dining Information

Dining Information

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 GuideCitysearch, Carpe Durham or visit the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau dining section.