For Applicants

We know that as a future engineer you will need a place to grow academically, personally and develop lifelong connections. Here at Duke, we offer these growth opportunities through four accredited bachelor of engineering degree programs.

Six Reasons You Should be a Duke Engineer

You'll be part of a close-knit community.
Our students have a unique opportunity at Duke to be part of a smaller school with a strong sense of community and camaraderie but still gain the benefits of being a dynamic part of a larger top-notch university. Students receive close faculty interaction, gain a strong sense of teamwork, and develop lifelong connections.
You can explore your options.
We encourage new undergraduates to investigate each of our engineering departments to see what suits them best. We encourage students to seek interaction with faculty from all engineering departments.
You can pursue a second major, a minor, or a certificate.
Students are able to combine the arts and sciences, or another engineering major. Other interests such as pre-med or pre-law are able to be accommodated.
You can research as an undergraduate.
We strive to give each undergraduate student an opportunity for hands-on research experience. We believe this is a critical part of helping students learn and to find a career. Such research experience makes Pratt students highly competitive for jobs, graduate school admission and scholarships.
We encourage you to study abroad.
Students can go to places like England, Australia, Germany, Turkey, France, and others. We also encourage service learning opportunities—put your new engineering skills to work where they are needed through programs like Duke Engineers for International Development and Engineering World Health.
We want you to learn outside the classroom.
Students have many learning options outside the classroom, including student groups, clubs, design contests, guest lectures, seminars, and more. We encourage students to nurture their curiosity by creating opportunities for exciting, offbeat and even surprising ways to put book learning into practice.

Many students come to campus for a walking tour, and you should sign up for one of those if you can, but first get a taste of the engineering life at Duke in this tour.

Take the Tour

Hudson Hall is the ancestral home of engineering on Duke's West Campus.
It looked best at night bathed in the special effects lighting of our skilled photographer.
This is the Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences.
FCIEMAS has the longest name and hardest to pronounce acronym on Duke's campus.
The Teer Engineering Building is the third in Duke's engineering complex.
Pizza delivery folks practically live here, and so does the Dean.
We know engineers study a lot,
which can make for some pasty complexions...
...so we designed our study spaces with lots of natural light.
Duke Engineers have their own Irish cafe.
Oddly enough, most of the food here is Mediterranean. But they do serve tea.
At Duke we will teach you how to become an engineer —
with hands on classes from day one.
No teaching opportunity is too offbeat for us —
these students built vehicles powered by mousetraps.
How about playing ping-pong basketball with robots you build yourself?
How about building an ice-skating wheelchair for an avid hockey fan?
Why not go to Indonesia with your classmates and help a village recover from a tsunami through sustainable engineering projects?
Or you can work side by side with faculty...
...like Pratt Fellow Clifford Hou.
But we don't forget the importance of having fun together.
Our engineering student government hosts socials for students and faculty most Friday afternoons.
We know sometimes tasks are more difficult than they look...
...like buttoning up a lab coat with an oven mitt.
...while a bunch of people shout at you to hurry up.
That's why teaching you to work in teams is one of our top goals.
Think of it as practice for the real world.
So come to Duke and be a world changing engineer.
Everyone will be glad you came.

We Build Things

What do Duke engineers do? They build things. Watch this video created by Duke student Hunter Douglas to see how that makes a difference.

Learn More

Explore information for undergrads on our department sites.