Academic Advising at Duke

The Academic Advising Center coordinates academic advising for students in Trinity College until they declare their majors.  We also work with Trinity and Pratt students across all four years to help them take full advantage of the broad range of opportunities available to Duke undergraduates.

Frequently asked questions

Got Questions? We've Got 110 Answers

The Academic Advising Center has updated the extensive list of frequently asked questions for incoming first-year students for Fall 2015. Questions are divided by topic, and... more

Summer Transition Series

Videos, Live Sessions to Ease Your Transition

Join members of the Duke community online for videos and live "Ask the Expert" sessions to find out all you need to know as a member of the Duke undergraduate Class of 2019... more

Peer advisor Ben Wang researched how eating habits affect health.

Senior Stories: Class of 2015

Students from the Duke Class of 2015 celebrated their graduation together Sunday, but each senior took a different path to that point. Duke Today's compilation of senior... more

Deb Johnson advises a student during the spring bookbagging period.

Duke Advisors Honored for Excellence

Steven Baldwin and Deb Johnson were recognized for excellence in academic advising, while fellow advisor Michael Hardt received a teaching award at the 2015 Trinity College... more


Your Advising Network

A group of advisors works together to guide you in the discovery of – and engagement with – all the curricular and co-curricular opportunities that Duke offers.

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

Every Duke student has an academic dean who works with you for all four years. Academic deans support you by providing expert advice on university policy and helping you understand the 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 »

Explore Your Interests

Directors of academic engagement meet with you one-on-one to identify and discuss opportunities for academic exploration beyond the traditional classroom, specializing in three areas:


Your Peer Advisors

Peer advisors work closely with the AAC. 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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Your Duke Path

Duke offers an unparalleled diversity of academic options in the classroom, across campus, in Durham and around the world. Your time here is not about simply checking off requirements and building a long list of credentials. You can choose opportunities that inspire you and integrate them into your academic plan.



Their Duke Paths

Their stories are different, but each one of these Duke graduates achieved the same result: a successful, rewarding undergraduate academic experience.