Blog Author:
Jack O. Bovender, Jr. T’67, G’69, Vice Chair, Duke University Board of Trustees

I have been a loyal Blue Devil since I first came to Duke as a freshman in the fall of 1963.  One of the great honors of my life has been being invited to serve on the university’s Board of Trustees, and to play a small part in Duke’s continuing ascent.

The most important job a board performs is the selection of a president, so when David Rubenstein, chair of the Board of Trustees, asked me to lead the search for Dick Brodhead’s successor, I was deeply honored, of course, but also very aware that it had to be done right in order to achieve the best outcome. For me, doing it right involved several key steps.

Blog Author:
Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Duke Families,

As I look out my office window, I have the privilege of seeing our students walking (and rushing) by between classes, meals, meetings and study venues. So many things are apparent on the rare occasion that I get to just pause and admire the passersby. I notice that many seem either immune to the winter chill or in denial about the need to wear warmer clothes! I notice that rarely is anyone walking alone. Students travel in pairs, groups and masses! I notice that some kind of technological device is apparently welded to their ears or their palms (hopefully talking or texting with you). But, I also notice how remarkably different they are, reflecting the substantial and wonderful diversity within the Duke student body.

Blog Author:
Valerie Ashby, Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Dear Parents,

You have likely heard of the many protests occurring on our nation’s campuses concerning issues of diversity, inclusion, and equal treatment. Duke is not immune to these discussions, nor should we be. Our outstanding students are challenging us to do better in these areas, their expectations pressing us to a higher standard.

As a stimulus for new ideas and creativity, diversity is at the core of a liberal arts education—and at the very core of our institutional values. Duke is now more diverse—in race, ethnicity, gender, economic standing, academic discipline and intellectual inquiry—than it has ever been. This is as it should be, because we learn the most from those who are different from ourselves. But we are by no means done, and never will be.

Blog Author:
Richard H. Brodhead

Dear families,

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Duke University, I am pleased to welcome you to the Duke family.  We are thrilled that your students will be joining our campus community, and we share your anticipation in imagining all the ways they will grow and develop over the next four years.

Blog Author:
Penny Fleming, Duke Parent

What a long way our son and daughter have come since we dropped them off at the Project BUILD pre-orientation program ten and seven years ago respectively.  Duke provided them with so many wonderful experiences and opportunities and helped them form solid foundations to navigate their ways through real life, jobs, living on their own, and finding their places in the world.  With terrific support from Duke faculty and staff and the incredible resources and people in the Career Center, Bryan and Rachel were gainfully employed upon graduation.  


by Larry Moneta, Vice President for Student Affairs

Thumbnail When we first formed the Duke Parents Advisory Council (DPAC), we had modest goals and expectations. We hoped for a bit of advice, expected each parent/family to advocate only for their own kids' needs and assumed only nominal investment by the parents. We couldn't have been more wrong!

Midyear Grades Due!

Just a reminder that admitted students (both Early and Regular Decision) in the Class of 2017 need to submit MIDYEAR GRADE REPORTS by Feb. 15 (or as soon as first semester grades are available).

The form is available as part of the Common Application and must be filled out by your high school counselor.

AP, IB and Other Pre-Matriculation Credit

As you prepare to take Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or other pre-matriculation exams, please review the following information here.

Also, you can see a table of AP test scores and corresponding course credits at Duke here.


Blue Devil Days -- Save the Date Info

Registration doesn't open until late March, but if you want to make travel plans now, the 2013 programs for both Pratt and Trinity students will take place on:    

  • Mon. & Tues., Apr. 8-9 --  includes Spotlight on the Arts
  • Thurs. & Fri. Apr. 18-19
  • Sun. & Mon. Apr. 21-22

Other Dates You've Asked About:

  • Tues., Aug. 20 – Orientation begins for new students
  • Mon., Aug. 26 – Fall semester classes begin
  • Mon., Sept. 2 – Labor Day; classes in session

Other Useful Links:


Thumbnail Todd Adams, senior associate dean in the Dean of Students office, will be leaving Duke this January to become assistant vice president and dean of students for Student Affairs at Northwestern University.