Mission Statement

Duke’s mission is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to intellectual growth but also the transformation of adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities. We strive to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.

1st-Year Undergraduates

All 1st-year Duke undergraduates live together on historic East Campus, a residential arrangement that fosters a close-knit community. You may arrive not knowing anyone, but you will quickly meet classmates and start building friendships that will grow throughout your time at Duke and beyond.


Duke will be hosting an interactive presentation on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Miami Courtyard by Marriott Coconut Grove and Monday, October 26, 2-15 at 7 p.m. in the Boca Raton Renaissance.