Student Life

When you come to Duke, you get more than a great classroom experience—you’ll benefit from a diverse and engaging social environment, too.

You’ll interact with students and faculty from around the world. Our current students come from 37 states, 3 foreign countries, and 116 undergraduate institutions. Their backgrounds include science, teaching, education, entertainment, the arts, politics, public policy, government, business, technology, sports, and non-profit sector work.

During your time at Duke, you’ll have many opportunities to explore a variety of activities, both on campus and off. Durham and North Carolina’s Research Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) are rich with award-winning entertainment and restaurants. Learn more about life in the Triangle.

What It’s Like

Read first-hand accounts of life as a DPT student:


DPT students are regularly recognized for their outstanding academic achievements. The program has a proud history of awards from the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Mary McMillan Scholarship and the Minority Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence.

Complementing the national accolades, each year students are recognized through awards given by the Duke DPT program and the Duke Physical Therapy Alumni Association. These include the Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Diversity Award, the Outstanding Student Recognition Award, and the Helen Kaiser Alumni Award and Scholarships.

Life in Durham

Click here to learn more about what it's like to live in Durham, or watch the video below.

Related links

Multicultural Resource Center: Highlights of resources on Duke’s campus