North & South Carolina Open House

First-year students raise their hands to touch confetti.
first year students talking to upperclassmen about student activities

Welcome to Duke!

North & South Carolina Open House

Join us for our annual North & South Carolina Open House on Saturday, April 1, 2023. The North & South Carolina Open House is a day-long program introducing high school juniors from the Carolinas to Duke University’s academic and co-curricular opportunities.

first year students talking to upperclassmen about student activities
First-year students raise their hands to touch confetti.


7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Schafer Mall, Bryan Center Upper Level

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Welcome Address 
Location: Duke Chapel; Note: Drinks are not allowed

  • Christoph Guttentag, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions 
  • Rukmini Balu, Ph.D., MBA, Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff in the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs (DCA)
  • Devan Wainright ’23, Admissions Ambassador and Tour Guide

10:00 – 10:35 a.m. & 10:50 – 11:25 a.m.
Faculty/Student Panel Discussion Session or Sample Class
Location: Various

  1. Pre-Professional and Academic Advising (Location: Wilkinson Auditorium 021)
  2. DukeEngage and Global Education Panel (Location: Biological Sciences 111)
  3. First-Year Experience and the Focus Program Panel (Location: Physics 128)
  4. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Opportunities Panel (Location: Physics 130)
  5. Natural Sciences Panel: Biology, Chemistry, Nicholas School of the Environment (Location: Fitzpatrick Schiciano A)
  6. Engineering Student Panel (Location: Fitzpatrick Schiciano B)
  7. Computer Science Sample Class (Location: Social Sciences 139, Weston LaBarre Auditorium)
  8. Global Health Sample Class (Location: Social Sciences 136)
  9. History Sample Class (Location: Wilkinson 130)
  10. English Sample Class (Location: Wilkinson 136)
  11. Economics Sample Class (Location: Reuben Cooke 130)

11:40 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Location: Brodhead Center and Bryan Center

West Campus Tours
Location: Meet at the James B. Duke statue in front of Duke Chapel

Alternative & Free Time Activities 
Location: Various

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Students: Admissions/Application Session
Location: Griffith Theater, Bryan Center, Lower Level

Parents/Guests: Panel on Admissions, Financial Aid & Merit-Based Scholarships
Location: Page Auditorium


All panel discussions and sample classes are offered at 10:00 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. 

1. Pre-Professional and Academic Advising
Location: Wilkinson Auditorium 021
Academic advising is fundamental to Duke’s educational mission. Hear from deans in pre-health and pre-law advising.

2. DukeEngage and Global Education
Location: Biological Sciences 111
Duke offers many different programs for students to go forth into the world and return with new insights and perspectives. Learn how to incorporate off-campus experiences and civic engagement into academic choices.

3. First-Year Experience and the Focus Program (Interdisciplinary Seminars for First-Year Students)
Location: Physics 128
Learn about the resources and programs available to first-year students with representatives from New Student & Family Programs and the Focus Program. Focus offers a variety of interdisciplinary theme-based curriculum clusters. Classes are small, interrelated, and mutually reinforcing, providing opportunities for discussion from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Participating students live in a residence hall with other students from the same Focus cluster.

4. Innovation & Entrepreneurship Opportunities Panel
Location: Physics 130
Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship empowers Duke students to act entrepreneurially and create impact in all their endeavors. Duke I&E serves students through its certificate program, course offerings, mentoring, resources, and more.

5. Natural Sciences Panel: Biology, Chemistry, Nicholas School of the Environment
Location: Fitzpatrick Schiciano A
Learn about degrees and resources available in the Natural Sciences departments and in the Nicholas School of the Environment.

6. Engineering Student Panel
Location: Fitzpatrick Schiciano B
Hear from current North and South Carolina students enrolled in each of Pratt School’s five majors. Ask questions about their experiences and learn about the opportunities available to engineering students at Duke.

7. Computer Science Sample Class: “Duke Computer Science for All”
Location: Social Sciences 139, Weston LaBarre Auditorium
In this session, we will introduce computer science with an emphasis on algorithms and data, including the people who build and use systems with them. We will examine how computing pervades the modern world, and ask how computing can be used for the benefit of all. Course offered by Dr. Brandon Fain, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Department of Computer Science.

8. Global Health Presentation: What is Global Health?
Location: Social Sciences 136
Hear from Dr. Dennis Clements, MD, Ph.D., MPH, about the Duke Global Health program, a special co-major available to undergraduate students. The Duke Global Health Institute seeks to understand and reduce health disparities in local communities and worldwide.

9. History Sample Class: “Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar & the Spanish American Wars of Independence”
Location: Wilkinson 130; Dr. John D. French
This lecture course covers the conspiracies, uprisings, and wars that led to the independence of Haiti and the South American and Caribbean colonies of Spain between 1780 and the withdrawal of Spain from Cuba in 1898. It focuses on the key military and political leaders of anti-colonial struggles conducted on a continental scale from the islands of the Caribbean to the Andean highlands and beyond. It shows how military strategy and political tactics were decisively shaped by modern debates about the meaning of freedom in terms of slavery, the vindication of indigenous rights, and national self-determination. No prior knowledge of Latin American and the Caribbean is required.

10. English Sample Class: “Literature and Medicine: Doctors’ Stories”
Location: Wilkinson 136; Professor Charlotte Sussman and Morgan Biele ’23
This class will take a brief look at the stories doctors tell about themselves, and the stories that have been told about them. What can we learn at the intersection between literature and medicine? What do we mean when we talk about Medical Humanities, and what can be gained from studying this field by students interested in literature, creative writing, medicine, or all three?

11. Economics Sample Class: “Big Box Retail Fights Back”
Location: Reuben Cooke 130; Dr. Connel Fullenkamp
After years of decline, big-box retailers like Barnes & Noble are growing again, opening more stores than they close. Are company managers making foolish decisions that they’ll regret later, or are there solid economic reasons for this turnaround? We can use simple economic models to answer this question.


Below are some suggested activities and locations to explore around campus.

Duke University Store & Gothic Bookshop
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Located on the upper level of the Bryan Center, the Duke Bookstore offers a variety of gifts, including official Duke clothing and books by Duke authors. Use the coupon you received at check-in.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Take a self-guided tour of one of the premier public gardens in the U.S. This 55-acre oasis is composed of four sections: the Historic Gardens with terraces; the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants; the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum; and the Doris Duke Center Gardens.

Nasher Museum of Art
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
2001 Campus Drive (corner of Anderson Street and Duke University Road)
The Nasher Museum’s growing permanent collection includes some of today’s best contemporary art, with a focus on work by artists of African descent.

Duke Basketball Museum & Hall of Fame and Rubenstein Pavilion
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Located adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Duke Basketball Museum and Hall of Fame showcases Duke athletics. Rubenstein Pavilion provides a grand lobby to the south side of Cameron Indoor Stadium, featuring interactive displays and memorabilia.

Duke Women’s Tennis vs. Florida State 
12 p.m.
Ambler Tennis Stadium; Free admission

Duke Women’s Lacrosse vs. Virginia Tech
1 p.m.
Koskinen Stadium; Tickets from $6

Duke Men’s Baseball vs. Pitt 
3 p.m.
Jack Coombs Field; Tickets from $10
Click here for ticketing information

Duke Libraries
Perkins 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rubenstein 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The William R. Perkins Library, Bostock Library, and Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library comprise the main West Campus library complex, which is one of the nation’s top ten private university library systems.

Brodhead Center
Formerly the West Union Building, the Brodhead Center reopened in 2016 after a two-year renovation that transformed it into a beautiful space housing a dozen eclectic restaurants, a culinary lab, and a wide variety of gathering and study spaces.<

Rubenstein Arts Center—“The Ruby”
1 – 6 p.m.
Opened in January 2018, this 71,000-square-foot Arts Center is a campus-wide destination for the study and production of arts at Duke. The space includes classrooms and studios, a 250-seat theater, an exhibition gallery, performance spaces, and a cafe.

Pratt School of Engineering
The engineering complex includes the 322,000-square-foot Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine, and Applied Sciences. This state-of-the-art building includes a cleanroom and a virtual reality facility. The Innovation Co-Lab, which provides technological resources such as sixty 3D printers, sits behind the Fitzpatrick Center.

Duke Wellness Center
This 71,000-square-foot facility includes a pharmacy, dental services, physical therapy, and counseling and psychological services, as well as healthcare for students.

East Campus
First-Year Campus
Take a bus from the bus stop in front of Duke Chapel to East Campus and explore the 97 acres where all first-year students live, complete with a dining hall, gym, theater, and more.


Duke is located near Interstates 40 and 85 in Durham, N.C. Though signs for Duke University abound throughout the area, you may need additional help. You can map your route to Duke with our searchable campus map.


More information is coming soon.

For general information about parking, visit Duke Parking and Transportation.


Lodging for the Open House is not required.

However, numerous lodging options are available if you are traveling from a significant distance and would like to spend a night in the Research Triangle. The Durham Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is a helpful resource in identifying accommodations near campus.


Overnight hosting with current Duke students is not available for this one-day family event.


The North & South Carolina Open House dress code is casual. Duke’s campus is large and you should expect to do a lot of walking, so bring comfortable shoes! Please check the weather forecast before you leave home (zip code: 27708) to prepare for rain or shine.


Duke University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any accommodation, please contact Idella Hackett at or (919) 684-3214 in advance of your participation.


  • Brodhead Center, Ground Floor, 058T
  • Brodhead Center, 3rd Floor, 314T
  • Bryan Center, Basement (0), 002T1, 002T2
  • Bryan Center, 2, next to McDonald’s
  • Page Auditorium
  • Perkins Library, Lower Level 1
  • Student Health, 2nd Floor, 277T, 265T, 259T
  • Student Wellness Center, 1st Floor, 120T
  • Student Wellness Center, 2nd Floor, 204T
  • Student Wellness Center, 3rd Floor, 304T

A list of available gender-inclusive (single-stall) restrooms on campus may be found HERE.

Who can attend the North & South Carolina Open House?

All juniors from North and South Carolina are welcome to attend this event with their families on a first-come, first-served basis. Younger students should join our mailing list so that they will be notified of this and other visit opportunities in the future.

Will attending the North & South Carolina Open House increase my chances of being admitted to Duke?

No, but attending the event will give you a full picture of the opportunities available to students at Duke, which in turn may help you decide if Duke is a good fit.

What if I am unable to attend the North & South Carolina Open House?

If you are unable to attend the event, you are welcome to visit the campus any time. Go to for information session times, tour schedules, and class visit availability for the days you are able to visit.

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