Academic Advising at Duke

The Academic Advising Center is the primary academic home for Trinity College of Arts & Sciences students until they choose their majors, and we work with Duke students from Trinity and the Pratt School of Engineering to incorporate global and civic opportunities into their four-year academic plans. The network of advisors within the AAC guides you through the discovery of—and engagement with—all the curricular and co-curricular opportunities that Duke offers.

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AAC Student News: Settling In

The Jan. 27 edition of AAC Student News is now available. Topics covered include S/U declaration, schedule correction, major declaration, the AAC Peer Advisors, a political... more

Students view Duke from above on an AAC Peer Advising chapel climb.

Peer Advisors Lead Chapel Climbs

The AAC Peer Advisors led groups of first-year students on climbs up the spiral staircase to the top of Duke Chapel last month. These photos document the view from above,... more

DukeJourneys with Matt Oliva

DukeJourneys: Dr. Matt Oliva Reflects

Dr. Matt Oliva ’94, an ophthalmologist, corneal surgeon and board member for the Himalayan Cataract Project, returned to campus for a DukeJourneys and Forever Duke dinner... more

The directors of academic engagement can help you coordinate your coursework and co-curricular endeavors.

Duke Today Highlights Impact of DAEs

All Duke undergraduates can receive personalized advice on how to combine global, civic and research opportunities with academic and professional goals through consultation... more


Your Advising Network

You are far from alone as you journey through your academic career at Duke. Advisors work together to support you along the way. Your advising network will do more than just help you choose courses to fill requirements; we'll offer advice to assist you in taking advantage of all a Duke education has to offer, both inside and outside the classroom.

Academic Advisors

Your academic advisor is the first intellectual mentor you meet after arriving for orientation, and you meet with her or him every semester until you join a major in your sophomore year. Advisors are dedicated faculty and administrators, each of whom is prepared to help you weigh your curricular and co-curricular choices and connect you to faculty who can guide you further. Read More »

Academic Deans

Academic deans support your academic progress by helping you interpret the policies and requirements that structure undergraduate education in Trinity College. They will keep you informed about course enrollment, academic deadlines and other important issues every semester. If you have questions about your academic goals or need help finding resources, an academic dean is ready to help. Read More »

AAC Peer Advisors

Each year, 12-15 juniors and seniors volunteer to serve as peer advisors to first- and second-year students, offering the perspective of someone who has been before where you are now. Peer advisors can share with you how they formed meaningful mentoring relationships with faculty, assist you in navigating online registration and help you learn how to distinguish what is merely popular from what is individually meaningful to you. Read More »

Directors of Academic Engagement

The directors of academic engagement lead Duke’s Global Advising initiative. Through an iterative consultative process that spans the full four years, DAEs work with you—whether you’re a Trinity or Pratt student—to forge connections among your coursework, global experiences and civic engagement. Read More »

Preprofessional Advisors

Students who anticipate attending professional school after college can seek guidance from Trinity’s preprofessional advising teams. Prehealth advisors guide you as you integrate into your class scheduling the courses you will need for applying to health professions schools. Prelaw and Graduate Business School advisors are also available to help you prepare for application to and life at graduate professional schools. Read More »

Advising Partners

The Academic Advising Center strengthens its network of advising support through partnerships with other campus offices and faculty. Whether you need guidance in a specific area or would like to get in touch with a representative of a particular department or program, Duke offers a wealth of resources to provide the advice you need. Read More »

Major Advisors

After choosing a major, you will work with a faculty advisor in your major department or program. In addition to helping you plan a course program to satisfy major requirements, faculty advisors often facilitate independent study and research within the major and advise on graduate school and other post-baccalaureate opportunities. Read More »

Your Duke Path

Duke offers an unparalleled diversity of academic options in the classroom, across campus, in Durham and around the world. You can choose the opportunities that inspire you. Your time here is not about simply checking off requirements and building a long list of credentials. With guidance from your advising network, you can forge your own unique path through your four years and beyond and get the most out of your Duke experience.

Their Duke Paths

Their stories are different, but each of these recent Duke graduates achieved the same result: a successful, rewarding undergraduate academic experience. See all profiles »

Global and Civic Engagement

Duke is committed to ensuring students gain the tools necessary for success in a global world. To that end, Duke has a wonderful variety of experiential, academic and co-curricular offerings to engage in cross-cultural, civic and global inquiry. Our directors of academic engagement (DAEs) work with you as you explore the myriad options. Whether you're a student in Trinity or Pratt, they meet with you one-on-one to discuss your interests and goals and help you piece together the path that's right for you.

Meet with a global and civic DAE >>

Arts and Humanities Engagement

Humanities advising is a new initiative within the AAC that recognizes the critical role of the arts and humanities in a liberal arts and sciences education. Supported by Duke’s Humanities Writ Large initiative, our director of academic engagement (DAE) for the humanities works with students, faculty and academic advisors to integrate meaningful humanities experiences into every student’s academic plan. Schedule a meeting with the program director to discuss curricular and co-curricular opportunities to explore your interest in the humanities.

Meet with the humanities DAE >>

AAC Peer Advising

A group of academic leaders on campus, peer advisors work closely with academic deans, academic advisors and directors of academic engagement to create programming that helps expose you to all that Duke offers. They are available for one-on-one consultation, host office hours around registration and are involved in the planning of events such as the Chapel Climb and Academic Homecoming.

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