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Duke Undergraduate Admissions

Academic Environment


student-to-faculty ratio

Thomas DeFrantz

Thomas DeFrantz

Professor of African African American Studies & Dance

Student Story

At the core of our academic programs are our globally recognized faculty surrounded by an environment of visiting artists, distinguished lecturers and wide-ranging support services designed to assist your academic pursuits.

  • 2,500+

    full-time faculty, many of whom are nationally and internationally renowned

  • #5

    Durham's ranking in "America's Geekiest Cities"

  • 50+

    students graduating with Program II majors over the past four years

  • 90%

    of faculty members teach undergraduate courses

At Duke, learning is a priority and teaching is personal.

Meet some of our faculty — read their stories.

Peter Feaver
Peter Feaver

Professor of Political Science

Hsiao-Mei Ku
Hsiao-Mei Ku

Professor of the Practice of Music & Ciompi Quartet member

Orrin Pilkey
Orrin Pilkey

Professor Emeritus of Geology Earth & Ocean Sciences

Dan Ariely
Dan Ariely

Professor of Behavioral Economics

Our faculty members are committed to giving students the individual attention that pushes them to excel and nurtures their ideas. Undergraduates, even in their first-year, interact with senior faculty on a regular basis in efforts such as the Focus Program and a series of first-year seminars.

A number of faculty members from Duke's professional schools teach and mentor undergraduates, not only in the classroom, but also through research projects, independent studies and internships.

Faculty also are devoted to interdisciplinary learning, which emphasizes breadth of knowledge and prepares students to confront the intellectual and cultural challenges of our global society.

In addition, faculty regularly serve as advisors to students, including those who choose to design their own program of study through Program II, and as mentors to undergraduates who pursue hands-on research experience.

Our Support Services

Learn how these services are utilized during a student's first-year experience. 

Undergraduate deans, faculty members and academic advising staff stand ready to help you navigate your course of study at Duke. For Trinity College undergraduates, the nine full-time staff and team of 125 advisors at Duke's Academic Advising Center help students meet their academic goals by providing guidance in choosing courses, strengthening students' overall academic skills, and ultimately declaring a major. Summer advisors from the center are available to assist students in selecting courses for their first semester at Duke before ever arriving on campus.

Pratt Engineering students work directly with an individual faculty advisor during their first year, based on their initially identified major. The first-year experience at Pratt is designed so that students can explore different engineering fields and career tracks while their advisors provide information and overall support. Because engineering students must formally declare a major at the end of their first year, faculty members from all four departments are available for interaction with students that first year. 

Duke offers abundant resources to support undergraduate academic achievement. Undergraduates can take advantage of Duke’s Academic Resource Center, which provides one-on-one peer tutoring in specific areas and helps with overall time management and "study smart" techniques. The center also hosts conferences and workshops on everything from test-taking skills to managing assignments.

Students can also use the resources of the Writing Studio, part of Duke's Thompson Writing Program, which offers free, one-on-one tutoring  for work on writing for any course they are taking at Duke. Writing Studio tutors can help with all stages of a writing project, from developing ideas, to drafting and revising, to copy-editing and proofreading.

The Academic Skills Instructional Program (ASIP) offers individual appointments to help you develop effective and efficient academic skills and strategies.

• Identifying Learning Styles
• Improving Time Management
• Strategies for Effective Studying
• Better Reading Comprehension
• How to Study for Exams
• Peer Tutoring

Duke's Division of Student Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate students a variety of initiatives and programs that address the whole of their lives, including their intellectual, social, cultural and physical development.  Student Affairs provides leadership opportunities, promotes interaction among diverse racial, ethnic, international and political perspectives, supports healthy habits and lifestyles and provides outstanding career counseling and postgraduate opportunities.

The Student Disability Access Office provides support services and coordinates accommodations to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, psychological disorders and visual, hearing or mobility impairments.

Visiting Lecturers and Artists of Note

Duke attracts outstanding lecturers and artists from around the world. Here are a few who have left their mark on Duke.

  • Rolling Stones

    Rolling Stones

  • Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou

  • Bill Clinton

    Bill Clinton

  • Murry Perahla

    Murray Perahia

  • Jason Mraz

    Jason Mraz

  • Oprah Winfrey

    Oprah Winfrey