Duke’s Statement on COVID-19

Colleges and universities across the country, Duke among them, are responding in various ways to the presence of COVID-19.

While this has created new challenges across the university, Duke remains committed to continuing our mission – the critical work of teaching, learning, discovery, and caring for the health of our students, faculty, and staff.

We recognize these actions will prevent you from visiting campus in the many months to come. Our office remains committed to providing information about Duke through our website and virtual tour. We will continue to update our website and social media platforms with any information about the lifting of visit restrictions.

During this unprecedented moment in our university’s history, the Duke community continues to work together in support of our shared values of respect, trust, inclusion, discovery, and excellence.

With new information about COVID-19 developing at a brisk pace, Duke has created a task force that includes leadership from across the University and Duke Health continues to monitor activity in North Carolina and around the world. Their work and other updates can be found at coronavirus.duke.edu.

Should you have any questions, please contact our office by email at undergrad-admissions@duke.edu.

How can I visit duke virtually?

We know spring and summer are popular times to scout out campuses and decide where you’ll apply to college. Since our campus is closed to visitors through August, we are offering VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSIONS that you can view from the comfort of your own home.

Led by an admissions officer, our live 45-minute information sessions include overviews of our academic opportunities, student life, admissions process, and financial aid. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions and hear why we love our vibrant community.

Afterward, check out our VIRTUAL TOUR to view the sights and sounds of campus.

Additionally, admissions officers are available to answer questions Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm by calling 919.684.3214. You can also send any questions to UNDERGRAD-ADMISSIONS@DUKE.EDU. Questions will be answered by admissions officers, or current students if students are available.

Can I register for a campus visit?

Virtual Information Session

Join us for a 45-minute virtual information session led by a Duke Admissions Officer. You’ll learn about academic opportunities, student life, admissions + financial aid process, and you’ll have a chance to ask questions.


Live Virtual Campus Tour

Hosted each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, virtual tours offer an opportunity to visit campus from the comfort of your own home. Presented in real-time by a current student ambassador, our hour-long virtual visits guide you through popular spots on campus including both East and West Campuses.


Campus Tour

Led by a student tour guide, our outdoor walking tours last typically between 45-60 minutes. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions and hear why we love our vibrant community. In the event of severe weather or lightning, tours could be canceled or delayed. While on campus, visitors are expected to adhere to the UNIVERSITY VISITOR POLICIES.


Will courses that have been switched to Pass/Fail grading transfer to Duke?

We understand that many schools used Pass/Fail grades for classes taken in the 2020-2021 school year. We will consider Pass/Fail courses taken during this time period for Duke credit if they were taught as in-person instruction at the beginning of the term.

Is Duke test-optional for transfer students for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle?

Duke University is test-optional for transfer students who plan to apply during the 2022-2023 admissions cycle for enrollment in the fall of 2023.

Does Duke accept online courses for transfer credit?

We will only accept online classes from transfer students that were taken during the spring, summer and fall 2020 terms. Additionally, these courses must have been originally structured as face to face courses and only put online due to COVID-19.

Should you have questions, please contact our office at undergrad-admissions@duke.edu or (919) 684-3214.