Duke University

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Duke University
Durham, NC

At Duke University, where over 80 percent of students earn (on top of their primary major) a second major, a minor, or a certificate, passionate intellectual exploration is a way of life. The majors of computer science, economics, and public policy studies are among the most popular at the University, although students can also design their own interdisciplinary majors through an option known as Program II. Thanks to outstanding civic engagement, interdisciplinary learning, and research opportunities, Duke offers its nearly 7,000 undergraduates countless avenues to unleash their personal and academic potential. Both in Durham and around the world, Duke students can take advantage of service-learning courses and programs, helping them to connect academic learning with hands-on community partnerships. Once such program is DukeEngage, which financially supports students interested in serving communities in need. This past summer, some DukeEngage students were immersed in environmental conservation efforts in Peru, while others used music and literacy to engage urban youth in Chicago. Fun fact: The Blue Devils men’s basketball team is one of the top basketball programs in the county, but here’s a little shout out to the women’s golf team for winning the national championships in 2019!

Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of Duke University

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.