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Personal Engagement

Moving beyond the theoretical.

Lucas Metropulos

T'15, philanthropic fisherman

Student Story
  • 1M

    hours of community service in Durham, N.C., by Duke students
  • 400+

    student-created clubs and organizations operate on campus
  • 30+

    student-created service organizations operate in Durham and the surrounding area
  • 43%

    of Duke students participate in global education programs

Civic, Spiritual and Leadership Engagements

Leadership Development

The UCAE Center for Leadership Development and Social Action provides developmental learning experiences and resources to enable Duke students to practice effective leadership and inspire positive change within the Duke, local and global communities. The Center’s signature programs and initiatives include: a campus-based session of the LeaderShape Institute; the Duke Authenticity Project, a collaborative partnership for first-year students with Housing, Dining, and Residence Life (HDRL); LAUNCH a peer advising and leadership development program; the Leadership Educators Collaborative; and the Alternative Break Program.

Religious Life

While the university is an independent and non-sectarian institution, Duke does have more than 25 religious life groups on campus, forming a religiously active and diverse community. More than 1,500 students are involved in religious life on campus.

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Fraternities and sororities have historically been a significant part of campus life by sponsoring inter-campus events, hosting parties and performing community service. They are known for providing leadership opportunities and fostering a sense of belonging and campus spirit.


4,400 Student Volunteers
81 Nations Worldwide

DukeEngage provides full funding for select Duke undergraduates who wish to pursue an immersive summer of service in partnership with a U.S. or international community. 

Read their Stories
Jean Rheem
Student Story Jean Rheem

Autism Awareness

Becca Bayham
Student Story Becca Bayham

Environmental Science

Don’t just attend Duke. Own it.

A great experience awaits you at Duke. The value of that experience is yours to determine. Invest in this place with the full measure of your curiosity, intelligence, creativity and human warmth and the returns will be priceless.

Duke offers a culture of public engagement that is interwoven with education and research across the institution.

At Duke, a student's education doesn't end at the classroom door. Our students have a wide variety of opportunities to enhance and supplement in-class learning with rich, diverse hands-on experiences.

On- and off-campus, in the United States and abroad, in the humanities and the natural sciences, the opportunities are limitless. In countless ways, Duke students move beyond the lecture hall to explore issues, get a taste of future career possibilities and gain insight into the world that awaits them. If existing opportunities don’t meet their needs, they can create their own.

Students volunteer at a fund raiser for Camp Kesem