Academic Affairs

Continuing Studies

The Duke Office of Continuing Studies serves women and men who are local residents and who wish to take regular Duke courses on the undergraduate or graduate level, for credit or for audit, on a non-degree basis. University employees form a large percentage of these individuals. Continuing Studies students, typically older and out of school for a time, enroll in undergraduate courses for a variety of reasons: to obtain the Duke baccalaureate degree, to finish degree requirements for another institution; to develop additional competencies, usually for admission purposes to graduate or professional school; and to pursue personal intellectual interests. (These latter two categories frequently attract recent Duke graduates.) Occasionally, upperclass degree students at other United States colleges and universities and gifted high school students who have exhausted their institution's resources are admitted to take courses in a defined area. Admission for credit course work is the joint responsibility of Continuing Studies and Undergraduate Admissions. Full information regarding continuing studies can be found at

1. Role of the Director

The Director of Continuing Studies acts as the dean for Continuing Studies students and serves as their liaison with the faculty, University Registrar, Bursar, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the deans of Trinity College and the School of Engineering, and the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid. The Director supplies general information about the university’s academic resources and support services, course advising, and career guidance – either in terms of helping students to prepare for admission to Trinity College or to realize professional goals.

2. Application for admission to Trinity College

After completing at least four Duke courses (two of which must be taken in the fall or spring semester), a Continuing Studies student in good standing may be considered for admission to Trinity College. Students file an application obtained from the Office of Continuing Studies and Summer Session, with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions; admission is not automatic. Applications are normally filed at the end of the fall or spring semester and are acted upon prior to the beginning of the next academic term. Students admitted to Trinity College will typically declare their major at the time of admission.