Our campus of 8,600+ acres gives students space to roam—both physically and intellectually. But it isn’t just the setting that makes Duke unlike any other university. It’s the feeling—the kinetic energy of connections forged, creativity sparked, and ideas born. It’s an electricity that inspires passion and action.
YOUR FIRST YEAR AND BEYOND
MAKE DUKE YOURS
The first year at Duke is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming time, with hundreds of clubs to join, intellectual debates to begin, and 1,700 new people to meet. But you won’t be doing it alone. You’ll have classmates, professors, and advisors who are committed to helping you navigate the transition, from the moment you step on campus to begin your Duke journey.
All first-year students live on East Campus. A five-minute bus ride from West Campus, East Campus includes 172 acres of open lawns, residence halls, research labs, tennis courts, a dining hall, café, convenience store, library, theater, and gym. It’s also a short walk to Durham’s Ninth Street District, where you can visit Whole Foods, grab a bagel or Peruvian chicken, and visit the Regulator Bookshop. Head in the other direction and you’ll hit downtown and its award-winning restaurants, historical sites, and tech start-ups.
Follow the lives of two first-year students for a window into a typical day at Duke.
9AM: BREAKFAST AT MARKETPLACE
Before coming to Duke, I knew that my first class of the day couldn’t be before 10 a.m. Sure enough, that’s how I’ve created my schedule, and it’s never been an issue! That said, I try to get out of the dorm by 9:20 a.m. to head to Marketplace for a made-to-order omelet, hash browns, yogurt with granola and fruit, a pastry or two, and some apple juice. Then I grab a seat and listen to “The Daily” podcast by The New York Times.
There’s a palpable energy on campus. Maybe that’s because Duke students are always on the move. Whether they’re buzzing from the research lab to the studio or from maker’s spaces to Duke Forest trails—no two students’ days ever look quite the same.
WHERE PASSIONS CONVERGE
At Duke, education doesn’t end at the classroom door. While most colleges boast endless lists of activities, the sheer variety and specificity of Duke’s student-run clubs and organizations mean that every student can tailor an experience that matches his or her interests and goals.
Duke’s school spirit is infectious. From the moment you arrive on campus, you can feel it in the air. Our festive celebrations spark excitement, camaraderie, and an incredible sense of pride that bonds us from the first year to long after graduation.
Durham is one of the nation’s best cities in which to eat, play, and live. As part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, Durham boasts one of the largest concentrations of PhDs and MDs in the world, and is home to hundreds of global companies, including IBM, GSK, Syngenta, RTI International, Credit Suisse, and Biogen. With a thriving high-tech community, a flourishing art scene, and a food culture rivaling major metropolitan areas, Durham is a great place to call home.
At Duke, we’re committed to providing an education with a truly global lens. Global experiences challenge our students’ perspectives, expand self-awareness, and inspire engagement with the world. For any major and every interest, there’s a study-away program that matches your needs.
LANGUAGES foreign languages offered
CLUBS regional alumni groups throughout the world
Studying abroad in St. Petersburg was an unforgettable experience. The classes themselves were interesting and informative, but the city itself became a teacher of incomparable value.