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.

Explore the links below to learn more about our academics, check out the slideshows to see what makes Duke Engineering special, and then visit the Duke Undergraduate Admissions site to learn how to apply.

Six Reasons to be a Duke Engineer

  • students at welcome picnic

    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.
  • Jeff Glass and Isa Ferrall

    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.
  • Warren Grill and Marcus Coleman

    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.
  • BME senior research project showcase

    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.
  • DEID students

    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.
  • Duke Electric Vehicles team

    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. Photo: Bryan Mitchell/AP Images for Shell

Take the Tour

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.

  • Hudson Hall

    Hudson Hall is the ancestral home of engineering on Duke's West Campus.


    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.

  • Teer Engineering Building

    The Teer Engineering Building is the third in Duke's engineering complex.

    Pizza delivery folks practically live here, and so does the Dean.

  • FCIEMAS interior

    We know engineers study a lot,

    which can make for some pasty complexions, so we designed our study spaces with lots of natural light.

  • Twinnie's Cafe

    Duke Engineers have their own Irish cafe.

    Oddly enough, most of the food here is Mediterranean. But they do serve tea.

  • students in hands-on class

    At Duke we will teach you how to become an engineer —

    with hands on classes from day one.

  • mousetrap vehicles

    No teaching opportunity is too offbeat for us —

    these students built vehicles powered by mousetraps.

  • ECE integrated design challenge

    How about Olympics with robots you build yourself?

  • BME Devices for People with Disabilities

    How about building an ice-skating wheelchair for an avid hockey fan?

  • tsunami relief in Indonesia

    Why not go to Indonesia with your classmates and help a village recover from a tsunami through sustainable engineering projects?

  • Gift Nyikayaramba and Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

    You can work side by side with faculty,

    like Grand Challenge Scholar Gift Nyikayaramba.

  • arm wrestling at e-social

    But we don't forget the importance of having fun together.

    Our engineering student government hosts socials for students and faculty most Friday afternoons.

  • Team Pratt

    Teaching you to work in teams is one of our top goals.

    Think of it as practice for the real world.

  • Civil Engineering students and alumni with pennant

    So come to Duke and be a world changing engineer.

    Everyone will be glad you came.

Meet Our Faculty

Check out these Duke Engineering Talks to learn what some of our faculty do—and the kind of work you can get involved in here.

  • Steven Cummer

    Steven Cummer, professor of electrical and computer engineering, talks about his research into lightning and mysterious "sprites" that appear over thunderclouds in a talk given to prospective undergraduate students.

    Watch the video »

  • Adrian Bejan

    Adrian Bejan, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, describes his research into the constructal law of physics that he described in 1996 and how it applies to evolution in a talk given to prospective undergraduate students.

    Watch the video »

  • Missy Cummings

    Mary "Missy" Cummings, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, talks about her research into drones and human/computer automation in a talk given to prospective undergraduate students.

    Watch the video »

  • Marc Deshusses

    Marc Deshusses, professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses his work on developing new sanitation technologies to "reinvent the toilet" for developing nations in a talk given to prospective undergraduate students.

    Watch the video »

  • Robert Malkin

    Robert Malkin, professor of biomedical engineering, discusses his work on developing innovative biomedical devices for the developing world and low-resource settings in a talk given to prospective undergraduate students.

    Watch the video »

  • Henry Petroski

    Henry Petroski, professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses his work on the history of bridge design and its successes and failures in a talk given to prospective undergraduate students.

    Watch the video »

  • Guillermo Sapiro

    Guillermo Sapiro, professor of electrical and computer engineering, discusses his research into developing software to capture and analyze video for applications such as autism screening in infants in a talk given to prospective undergraduate students.

    Watch the video »

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Learn More

Explore information for undergrads on our department sites.

Biomedical Engineering
BME Website
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Civil and Environmental Engineering
CEE Website
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Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECE Website
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Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
MEMS Website
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Energy Engineering Minor
Energy Website
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