Student experience
Student Experience
Student Experience

Taking outrageous ambition to the next level.

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learn and experience.

When students come to Duke, they receive an experience in and out of the classroom that is extraordinary. Gifts to support novel learning programs such as DukeEngage, Bass Connections or the Duke Engineering First-Year Design Experience allow us to prepare future leaders to solve tomorrow’s greatest challenges. 

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Duke combines traditional learning, new technology and cocurricular experiences to provide its students with next-generation learning. Learn how students are putting their knowledge to the test at Duke.

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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
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
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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
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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

Duke continues to offer an incredible and uniquely interdisciplinary experience for students. We draw the very best people to this university, and encourage collaboration … to deliver a world-class liberal arts education at a leading research environment.

–Valerie Ashby, dean of Trinity College of Arts & Science