Academic Support

Academic Support

Help to Make the Most of Every Moment

Duke’s broad array of advising resources and opportunities provide the direction needed to make your college experiences both abundant and unique. Whether it’s through a Peer Success Leader, major advisor, or academic dean—supporting and encouraging students is what we do best.
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First year advisors welcome students on Move-in Day.

College Advisors

All incoming students are assigned a college advisor—a faculty or staff member to advise you about academic pathways, help choose courses, provide guidance on curricular issues and opportunities, and connect you with other advisors at Duke.

Major Advisors

Once you declare your major your sophomore year, you’ll be assigned an advisor within your major to be utilized alongside your existing college advisor.

Preprofessional Advisors

Duke offers specialized advising for students considering graduate or professional schools in law, health, and business. Preprofessional advisors counsel students on applying to programs and provide information on career opportunities.

Directors of Undergraduate Studies

Every department at Duke has a director of undergraduate studies who works with all Duke students, not just those who have declared a major. Their mission is to help students learn more about specific majors, get engaged in research, and more.

Research Mentors

Faculty mentors in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities provide guidance to undergraduates participating in research projects, no matter the size or scope. As students advance in their research, they become more independent as they advance skills in inquiry, problem solving, and analysis.

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Directors of Academic Engagement

Directors of Academic Engagement (DAE) work with students to define their academic goals and seek opportunities for academic exploration within and beyond the traditional classroom such as a Bass Connection project.

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Study Abroad

Global Ed Advisors

Global Education Office (GEO) advisors help you determine which study abroad programs to pursue. Topics that GEO advisors may discuss include program selection, academic and research opportunities, finances, and general travel tips.
Global Education Office
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Service Abroad

Duke Engage Advisors

The DukeEngage advising team helps students choose from over 35 service-learning programs and prepares them for the application process. Advisors are also available to mentor students who wish to pursue an independent project through DukeEngage.
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Duke Career Center hosts numerous events and programs throughout the year for students.