Maximizing Your Academic Success

Students walkingComing to Duke

Congratulations on starting your Duke career! Your first year at Duke should be a time of exploration and discovery, not a time to rush through as many requirements as possible. Fortunately, we can help you. We have resources for incoming and first-year students, along with those of you who transferred to Duke from another school.

Students studyingPreparing for Your Major

As a sophomore, you will deepen your connections to faculty and hone in on questions and problems to explore more deeply. You will continue and complete the process of discovery during your second year that leads to selecting a major and joining that department or program.

Students with laptopStudying In Your Chosen Field

Joining a major is one of the biggest milestones in your college career. As a declared major, you can continue to utilize and benefit from the Academic Advising Center's services and resources. We also can connect you with resources if your academic endeavors are going beyond undergraduate study — whether that be graduate schoollaw schoolbusiness school or medical school.

Completing Your Undergraduate Study

As a junior or senior, your official advising is handled through your major. However, that doesn’t mean the Academic Advising Center isn’t here to assist. We are available to help you explore opportunities, especially within our four focus areas: Arts & Humanities, Global & Civic Opportunities, Natural & Quantitative Science, and Social Sciences.