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  • Duke University was created by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington

  • Duke. The Dukes were a Durham, North Carolina family who built a worldwide financial empire

  • in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas.

  • The Duke family had long supported Trinity College, which traced its roots to 1838 when

  • local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. In 1924, James Duke's family

  • philanthropic foundation, the Duke Endowment, provided for the expansion of Trinity College

  • into Duke University. Duke encourages its students to find their

  • own academic paths by offering them opportunities to learn in new ways. As a distinguished research

  • university, Duke has the resources to allow each undergraduate his or her own process

  • of exploration and discovery. The school provides an array of academic offerings, a challenging

  • campus culture, world-class facilities and resources, and opportunities to engage faculty

  • members in small class settings or on an individual basis. In every major or program of study,

  • the focus is on interdisciplinary exploration. The university believes that every aspect

  • of Duke should be international in concept and character. Internationalization is not

  • a discrete set of activities or classes, but is an integral part of all its endeavors.

  • In many respects Duke already represents the internationalized research university it strives

  • to be. Almost fifty percent of Duke undergraduates study abroad – a higher rate of participation

  • than any of the top ten private research universities. Duke teaches 25 foreign languagesand

  • requires a foreign language and international courses as part of the core curriculum. The

  • DukeEngage program provides funding for Duke undergraduates who wish to pursue an intensive

  • civic engagement experience within a community that has an identified need. The program allows

  • Duke students to address societal issues within the U.S. and abroad.

  • The Focus Program gives students the unique opportunity to explore a theme or issue from

  • multiple perspectives through a cluster of related courses in different fields. The program

  • offers small classes taught by some of Duke's most distinguished faculty. The university

  • ensures that freshmen have access to small classes as well as upperclassmen; the Trinity

  • College First-Year Seminar Program offers small, discussion-based courses that introduce

  • topics in a wide range of academic disciplines. The Duke community believes that education

  • is not only a gateway to personal development, but also as a pathway for improving society.

  • The school offers varied opportunities to serve the communityboth locally and globally

  • through the Service Learning Program and to develop leadership skills through programs

  • such as the Hart Leadership Program. The university is always striving to give its students a

  • lifelong love of learning and appreciation for the obligations and rewards of citizenship.

  • Outside the lecture hall, students can delve into issues they want to learn more about,

  • get a taste of future career possibilities, and gain insight into the broader picture.

  • Duke students intern in molecular genetics laboratories at the Duke University Medical

  • Center, examine Renaissance paintings in Florence, study the finer points of entertainment law

  • in Los Angeles, track birds on coastal estuaries, and conduct groundbreaking research alongside

  • faculty memberseven during their first year on campus.

  • The famous Blue Devils compete in the 12-member Atlantic Coast Conference and field teams

  • in 26 NCAA Division 1 varsity sports. Duke's men's basketball team consistently is ranked

  • among the nation's elite and won the national championship in 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010.

  • Sports are a big part of the college atmosphere and games are enthusiastically attended.

  • And, those who attend Duke get to live in Durhamwhich US News & World Report has

  • been named as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The campus offers mild winters,

  • stunning architecture and some beautiful vistas. Are you seeking admission to a stretch school

  • such as Duke? We have the expertise and were here to help. Call us at 1-800-809-0800 to

  • learn how we can help you achieve your educational dreams and ambitions.

Duke University was created by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington

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