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Student Experience

Education in the real world

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learn through challenging opportunities.

Duke believes that education outside of the classroom is just as important as the learning in it. That’s why, when presented with various models of education — including a quick pivot to virtual learning — our students continue to excel academically and engage in the Duke experience on campus, at home or around the world.

Digging in deep

Duke offers hundreds of ways for students to customize their experience to achieve their academic goals. Explore how students are taking advantage of curricular, cocurricular and extracurricular programs to become their best selves.

Nathaniel Mackey is the Reynolds Price Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing.
Duke Creative Writing Is on the Rise

For undergraduates interested in creative writing, the halls of the English department in the Allen Building come with a few history lessons. Award-winning writers such as…

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Duke Creative Writing Is on the Rise
Medical student Sonali Biswas enjoys an afternoon in the Sarah P. Duke Garden.s
Garden Rounds: With Sonali Biswas ’18

The School of Medicine Annual Fund makes many of Duke’s most transformative experiences possible for those training to be future leaders…

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Garden Rounds: With Sonali Biswas ’18
David Gardner at the 2018 Public Interest retreat
An Extraordinary Advocate: David Gardner J.D.’20

David Gardner was always intent on a career in public interest law, but over his 1L summer in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, he was introduced to disability rights…

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An Extraordinary Advocate: David Gardner J.D.’20
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Ahead of the Curve

Duke pandemic seminar predicted a COVID-type outbreak with a simulation that rings true a decade later.

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Ahead of the Curve
Learning Labs
Learning Labs

Undergraduates are doing real research in Trinity College – and everyone benefits.

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Learning Labs
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A Global Opportunity for Third-Year Medical Students

A faculty-funded fellowship enables students to perform field research all over the world

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A Global Opportunity for Third-Year Medical Students
Innovate Duke graduate students work on a project.
Innovate Duke Elevates Aspiring Graduate and Professional Innovators

The Innovate Duke program offers courses for aspiring entrepreneurs and founders to work on an idea at any stage in the innovation life cycle. Primarily focused on graduate and…

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Innovate Duke Elevates Aspiring Graduate and Professional Innovators
Connel Fullenkamp, professor of the practice of economics, teaches a classroom of undergraduates at Duke.
Duke Financial Economics Center Empowers Students to Find Their Way

Ten years ago something special happened in the world of financial education.

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Duke Financial Economics Center Empowers Students to Find Their Way
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DukeEngage Gift will Create Immersive Learning Opportunities

Janice Gault ’87, M.D.’91, P’24 designated a $1 million bequest to be split equally between financial aid and DukeEngage. The gift, when realized, will ensure Duke’s ability to attract and enroll…

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DukeEngage Gift will Create Immersive Learning Opportunities
William Brody and Laura Haft Brody pose in front of a blue and white wall.
Building Resilient Leaders

William Brody ’12, M.B.A.’18 and Laura Haft Brody M.B.A.’20 bring mindfulness and a holistic outlook to Fuqua School of Business. 

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Building Resilient Leaders
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Law Clinics Benefit Everyone Involved

Duke Law School’s 11 legal clinics enable students to hone invaluable practice skills, help close the justice gap for clients and communities in need, and cement a lifelong commitment to service…

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Law Clinics Benefit Everyone Involved
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Winning State of Mind

When it comes to health, being of sound body and mind helps everyone perform at their best. The mental health of athletes in the world of sports is no different. It can determine whether or not…

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Winning State of Mind
The Duke Lemur Center is advancing lemur care and management in Madagascar.
Three New Programs Launched: Advancing Lemur Care and Management in Madagascar

The DLC’s bond with Madagascar has grown even stronger this year with the launch of three training programs that promise to improve lemur care and welfare in both the…

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Three New Programs Launched: Advancing Lemur Care and Management in Madagascar
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Philanthropy Is Best as a Team: Sarah Redfield Ryland ’87, P’20, P’22

The Duke Women’s Impact Network (WIN) is dedicated to celebrating and accelerating the power of women’s philanthropy, a passion of Sarah Redfield Ryland ’87. She and her husband Kyle Trivitt…

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Philanthropy Is Best as a Team: Sarah Redfield Ryland ’87, P’20, P’22
Kevin Cheng with his band Kirins performing as part of Duke’s 2020 Lunar New Year Showcase. February 7, 2020.
The Bright Sounds of Being Together

In a life where everything has come to a halt and a pandemic goes on, it’s hard to find the silver linings. Sometimes it’s only after sifting through the recent past that we realize that even this…

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The Bright Sounds of Being Together
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The right way to alter students’ perspectives

Duke students spoke, and the university’s largest donor listened.


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The right way to alter students’ perspectives
David Beratan is the R.J. Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.
Chemistry Faculty: Beratan, Derbyshire, Hargrove

When a professional journal in your field dedicates an entire issue to reviewing your life’s work, you have a unique opportunity to look back on your career.

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Chemistry Faculty: Beratan, Derbyshire, Hargrove
A man in a military uniform plays a trumpet in a graveyard.
Always Willing to Serve

M.Div. Senior Tarvick Linder embodies a spirit of service for church, community, and country. Now he’s ready to offer a particular kind of ministry: The gift of presence.

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Always Willing to Serve
Lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center.
Earth Day 2020 Virtual Extravaganza

On April 22, the Duke Lemur Center, closed to visitors since the beginning of the pandemic, hosted a virtual Earth Day extravaganza with hourly online talks and videos.

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Earth Day 2020 Virtual Extravaganza
Technology and Sustainability: Student Projects at the Smart Home
Technology and Sustainability: Student Projects at the Smart Home

Each year, Duke Smart Home residents and club members develop and test a wide array of new projects and initiatives focused on sustainable living.

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Technology and Sustainability: Student Projects at the Smart Home
Garrett Perconti, a Duke Law student
Many Faces, One Duke: Garrett – Duke Law

Because of your support of the Law School Annual Fund, amazing students like Garrett Perconti are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Garrett – Duke Law
Francisco Jeria, a Sanford Student
Many Faces, One Duke: Francisco – Sanford School of Public Policy

Because of your support of the Sanford School of Public Policy Annual Fund, amazing students like Francisco Jeria are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Francisco – Sanford School of Public Policy
Alysha McFall, a Fuqua student
Many Faces, One Duke: Alysha – The Fuqua School of Business

Because of your support of the Fuqua School of Business Annual Fund, amazing students like Alysha McFall are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Alysha – The Fuqua School of Business
Quentin Cui, a Nicholas student
Many Faces, One Duke: Quentin – Nicholas School of the Environment

Because of your support of the Nicholas School of the Environment Annual Fund, amazing students like Quentin Cui are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Quentin – Nicholas School of the Environment
Sinja Küppers, a student in The Graduate School
Many Faces, One Duke: Sinja – The Graduate School

Because of your support of the Graduate School Annual Fund, amazing students like Sinja Küppers are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Sinja – The Graduate School
Claire Holland, a Duke Divinity student
Many Faces, One Duke: Claire – Duke Divinity School

Because of your support of the Divinity School Annual Fund, amazing students like Claire Holland are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Claire – Duke Divinity School
Cassie Shriver, an undergraduate at Pratt
Many Faces, One Duke: Cassie – Pratt School of Engineering

Because of your support of the Pratt Annual Fund, amazing students like Cassie Shriver are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Cassie – Pratt School of Engineering
Alexis Zachem an undergraduate at Duke.
Many Faces, One Duke: Alexis – Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Because of your support of the Trinity College Annual Fund, amazing students like Alexis Zachem are able to realize their ultimate aspirations.

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Many Faces, One Duke: Alexis – Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
A Bass Connections team works on their project together.
Duke Receives $5 Million Gift for Innovative Faculty-Student Research Program

A $5 million gift from the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation will provide opportunities for Duke University students to work with faculty on complex societal problems.

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Duke Receives $5 Million Gift for Innovative Faculty-Student Research Program
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Historic $261 Million Distribution to Benefit Education, Research, Financial Aid at Duke

A four decade-long relationship with a foundation has led to a historic distribution of $261 million to Duke University that will support science and technology education and…

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Historic $261 Million Distribution to Benefit Education, Research, Financial Aid at Duke
Gerald and Ginger Wilson have spent their lifetime helping North Carolinians with their education.
Building an Academic Bridge for North Carolinians

As an adviser, it’s not always easy to discern the best academic path forward for high schoolers or college students. But there’s one thing the best advisers never lose sight of: A…

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Building an Academic Bridge for North Carolinians
A masterclass in the Rubenstein Arts Center taught by ABT Studio Company’s current Ballet Mistress Petrusjka Broholm.
A Worldly Influencer Fostering the Arts at Duke

Duke Trustee Patty Morton '77, P'06 has become a powerhouse in cultivating the university’s rapidly expanding…

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A Worldly Influencer Fostering the Arts at Duke
Over 10 years, Wired! Lab faculty have taught 46 new courses at Duke.
Duke Wired! Lab Celebrates 10 Years

Researchers combine art history and technologies to explore the past.

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Duke Wired! Lab Celebrates 10 Years
Deondra Rose, assistant professor of public policy and political science, tested the new approach with the 80 students
Policy Lab Gives Students Real-World Experience

Learning to write a succinct policy memo has been a staple of the public policy curriculum for nearly 50 years. This year, a key part of that experience changed. Rather than imagining themselves…

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Policy Lab Gives Students Real-World Experience
Students engaging with design in Pratt's new First Year Design (FYD) Program.
'I Can Do This' — Duke’s First-Year Design Course Boosts Student Self-Efficacy

Student surveys also show improved teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

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'I Can Do This' — Duke’s First-Year Design Course Boosts Student Self-Efficacy
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In memory of Susan Tifft ’73: a fellowship program for women

In 2017, a Duke alumna generously established the Susan E. Tifft Initiative on Documentary and Journalism in memory of her friend and classmate Susan E. Tifft ’73.

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In memory of Susan Tifft ’73: a fellowship program for women
A boost for innovation to improve student wellness
A boost for innovation to improve student wellness

Sumeeta and Sumit Nanda M.D.’87, P’18, P’19 were impressed with Duke’s efforts to advance precision health and wellness, concepts which were developed by students working with Dr. Geoffrey…

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A boost for innovation to improve student wellness
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Innovative solutions for the challenges children face around the globe 

Even the very best innovations focused on social challenges can fail without enough financial backing.

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Innovative solutions for the challenges children face around the globe 
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Supercharging Duke’s connection with Silicon Valley 

Having an understanding of what’s required to launch a new product or service is a salient takeaway for young graduates setting their sights on Silicon Valley or other tech cities after graduation…

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Supercharging Duke’s connection with Silicon Valley 
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Football funding in memory of a beloved employee

It’s exceptional to find someone who has spent a half-century of service at a single institution.

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Football funding in memory of a beloved employee
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A Duke field hockey fundraising hat trick

The team that stays together, plays together – and fundraises together.

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A Duke field hockey fundraising hat trick
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Pratt School of Engineering gets a new home 

Duke Engineering’s new 150,000-square-foot academic building is set to open in 2020, providing a home for the school’s education, research and…

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Pratt School of Engineering gets a new home 
Thoughtful support makes all the difference for first-generation students
Thoughtful support makes all the difference for first-generation students

The Duke Libraries have long been a popular place for students on financial aid to fulfill their work-study requirements — around 250 students currently work there.

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Thoughtful support makes all the difference for first-generation students
A Leap Forward for the Garden Gateway Project
A Leap Forward for the Garden Gateway Project

Duke Gardens is pretty great — now imagine it even better.

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A Leap Forward for the Garden Gateway Project
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Saying “YES!” to expanding Duke’s applicant pool 

As recently as five years ago, many talented Jewish high school students would not have considered Duke as an option.

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Saying “YES!” to expanding Duke’s applicant pool 
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Experiential Learning for Young Engineers Starts With Design

Together, with the power of the Engineering Annual Fund, a large number of donors have aggregated their gifts to create monumental impact for new undergraduates.

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Experiential Learning for Young Engineers Starts With Design
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DTech in Seattle expands popular summer program

For years, the tech industry has seen a decline in women and an underrepresentation of diverse populations majoring in computing disciplines.

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DTech in Seattle expands popular summer program
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Best of Both Worlds: The Physician-Scientist

Translating research discoveries into patient treatments is challenging work.

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Best of Both Worlds: The Physician-Scientist
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Finding purpose and perspective through health and health care

Sometimes a person discovers their true path in life after a single event leaves a lasting impression.

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Finding purpose and perspective through health and health care
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Courage and identity through dance with Duke Performances

When The New York Times called Camille A. Brown “a force of nature,” it wasn’t kidding.

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Courage and identity through dance with Duke Performances
New law school clinic serves immigrant needs
New law school clinic serves immigrant needs

Duke Law School is on the cutting edge of legal scholarship, service and education.

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New law school clinic serves immigrant needs
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Top of mind: young alum makes planned gift in support of student experience

Getting students out of the classroom and into the world — that was the university’s bold idea behind launching DukeEngage in 2007. Ever since, it has given Duke undergraduates the opportunity to…

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Top of mind: young alum makes planned gift in support of student experience
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Landmark gifts support much-needed Lilly Library renovation

How can you keep the best of the past and ensure that it will be useful in the future? Duke University Libraries has a plan.

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Landmark gifts support much-needed Lilly Library renovation
Let’s dance - American Ballet Theatre partnership energizes hundreds of students
Let’s dance: American Ballet Theatre partnership energizes hundreds of students

With the Rubenstein Arts Center providing a new home for dance classes and performances, dance has quickly become a critically lauded and energizing aspect of the arts at Duke.

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Let’s dance: American Ballet Theatre partnership energizes hundreds of students
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Faculty and students collaborate on societal challenges

Dani Moore ’85, president of the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, wanted to support partnerships between faculty and students to address pressing challenges.

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Faculty and students collaborate on societal challenges
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Gift showcases student research

More than 50% of Duke students engage in undergraduate research. It is a cornerstone of a Duke education that helps students develop critical thinking skills and analytical reasoning. 

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Gift showcases student research

Whether it is through an extraordinary classroom experience on Duke’s Durham campus, a summer volunteering through DukeEngage, international study through Global Study Abroad, or immersive research through Bass Connections, there is something for all students who wish to challenge themselves and transform the world.

– Valerie Ashby, Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences