Duke University

Duke University, home of the blue devils, was founded in 1838 by Brantley York. He got the school up and running and then a man named Braxton Craven guided it from there. Braxton Craven needed to keep the school open and running and so then went searching for assistance from the state. North Carolina then renamed the institute as Normal College in 1851 and gave the privilege of granting degrees in 1853. Craven still needed more help because the state's public school system was developing slowly. Because he was a licensed preacher he turned to the Methodist Episcopal Church. The agreement was that Methodist preachers were educated for free in return for financial support from the church. This change caused the school to be renamed to Trinity College in 1859. Around 1924 plans for universities to be established around Trinity College was made. At this time William P. Few was president. The Duke family's blessings made this plan go into action. James B. Duke, the richest of the family established the $40 million trust fund. This money was distributed to hospitals, orphanages, the Methodist Church, three colleges and a University around Trinity. Then in addition $19 million was given to reconstruct the old campus into a new one. President Few took the changes as an opportunity for a new identity of the school. He insisted that the college should be called Duke University and James B. Duke agreed and said it could be a memorial to his father and family.

Now Duke enrolls about 6,500 undergraduates and 8,000 graduates every year and is currently ranked number 8 in the country.


Blue devils were well known French soldiers from World War I. Their blue uniforms and flowing capes captured the public's eye. When the U.S. joined the war they traveled the country raising money for the war effort. But how does this link up to Duke? In 1920 Duke University entered in intercollegiate competition. September of 1921 the newspaper known as The Trinity Chronicle at the time published that the college needed a "catchy name". They had options like Blue Eagles, Polar Bears, Blue Devils, Royal Blazes or Blue Warriors. Being that this was a Methodist college Blue Devils was not the best choice for "obvious reasons". The students did not want to take the risk and jeopardize the chances of having football. But the Class leaders of 1923 decided that on their senior year they will decide a name being that the vote they had was inconclusive. Then in the school year 1922-23 a name was decided. They were the fist class after the war and had a lot of returning veterans so there was no need for explanation for the name chosen. The Trinity Chronicle published that the school mascot was now the Blue Devil.


Duke University provides many opportunities and they are looking for students that will respond to the opportunities intelligently, creatively, and enthusiastically. They do not want a student who just went through the motions, they wants someone who put in their all and went above and beyond. To make sure they get the well rounded student they primarily take these six factors into consideration.

  • The rigor of the academic courses
  • Academic performance (grades)
  • Letter of recommendation from two teachers and a counselor
  • Extracurricular activities
  • The quality of thought and expression in application essay
  • Standardized Test Scores

Duke does not have a minimum requirement for SAT, ACT, GPA, or class ranking for consideration or admissions.

Mean scores of students accepted into Duke

SAT Verbal/Critical Writing 680-790

SAT Math - 700-800

SAT Reading - 700-790

ACT Composite - 31-35


  • Tuition and Fees - $47,488
  • Room - $6,526
  • Board - $6,050
  • Books and Personal Expenses - $3,466   


Fight Song!

Duke University's Cameron Crazies

The Cameron Crazies is a group of about 1,200 students that support the Duke's men's basketball team. They paint their bodies in blue and scream long and hard during basketball games. It all starts during warm ups and they do their best to distract the opposing team especially on the most intense part of the game.

The Crazies are named after the Cameron Indoor Stadium, where the Duke home games are held. The Crazies have definitely become the standard of college crowds. Their enthusiasm, spirit, and love for their team has definitely influenced other universities. Now other universities have their own "crazies", but it all started here in the home of the Blue Devils!


Forensic Psychology


1. PSYC 1301, Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

2. PSYC 1303, Undergraduate Statistical Methods (3 credits)

3. PSYC 3201 & 3101, General Experimental Psychology & lab (3 credits)

4. One course from the following five (5):

PSYC 3320, Learning and Memory (3 credits)

PSYC 3330, Sensation and Perception (3 credits)

PSYC 3348, Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)

PSYC 4309, History and Systems of Psychology (3 credits)

PSYC 4324, Psychobiology (3 credits)

5. (additional advanced PSYC course; 3 credits)

6. (additional advanced PSYC course, 3 credits)

7. (additional advanced PSYC course, 3 credits)

8. (additional PSYC course at any level, 3 credits)

9. (additional PSYC course at any level, 3 credits)

10. (additional PSYC course at any level, 3 credits)

Criminal Justice

CRIJ 1301 | CRIJ 1306 | CRIJ 1310 | CRIJ 3300 | CRIJ 3313 |

FBI Special Agent

Special Agents are responsible for enforcing federal statutes and conducting sensitive national security investigations. They are responsible, motivated individuals who work in a high pressure and demanding team environment. They work independently and are able to adapt to dangerous and rapid changing situations.

Average Pay - $63,021

Special Agent Requirements

  • Full Time Work Experience (3 years)
  • Work experience waivers
  • Meet preliminary standards of Phase I Invitational
  • Must posses a 4-year degree
  • Pass physical requirements and fitness test
  • Top Secret Security Clearance
  • Must be between the ages of 23 and 36

Persuasive Essay

Scholarships are one of the most useful resources there are to get through college. It is money that is rightfully earned and deserved to the receiver but they must be taken seriously. There are guidelines to be followed when receiving scholarships to make sure that the money does not go to waste. I feel that I am deserving of this Coca-Cola scholarship because I am a hard working individual with the most potential to succeed.

My goal is to attend Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. I have been accepted to the university and the tuition is definitely not inexpensive. This scholarship will definitely make a difference. Ever since I have started school I have always put in my best. My education is very important to me and I take it very seriously. There have been difficult moments during my education process, especially juggling hard course work with sports, volunteer hours, and free time. But I have managed to keep my GPA no lower 3.8. I have taken the hardest classes available to me and I am succeeding. I am soon to be graduating apart of the National Honor Society and the Gifted and Talented program. I was a part of Student Counsel and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club. This was not an easy road but my dedication and constant hard work helped me get to where I am at and will take me farther.

My high school experience overall was spent preparing for my college career and this scholarship will complete my preparation. My hard work will do me good and pay off for me in the long run. This scholarship is not an easy one to get that is just handed out to anyone. It is for the most deserving student. I have additional criteria not a part of the requirements plus I have exceeded the requirements for this scholarship. I have worked very hard for this and I am very happy to at least be considered for this opportunity to receive this scholarship. I hope that I will be the one to receive it. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

Letter of Recommendation

To whom It may concern:

I am writing this letter on behalf of A’Layjah Brown. As her Educational Advisor i am more than glad to recommend her for you generous job opportunity. Over the course of four years A’Layjah and i have gained a very detailed relationship in which i have become very aware of her variety of abilities.

A woman of many great skills and a strong educational background. With an extremely high level of persistence followed by a great work ethic A’Layjah is more then qualified for the job. When faced with adversity she is no doubt ready to face it head on without any hesitation.Her extreme awareness of her environment at all times equips her all too well. If ever in the unknown she never hesitates to go and get it for herself. Paying attention to the small things and never overanalyzing situations to quickly therefore rushing into risky conditions. She never fails to be prepared for any adversity she is faced with. Also with a great athletic background she is well built for this gracious job opportunity. These skills all added up makes her more than capable of having superb performance on and off the job.

It is by no coincidence that A’Layjah Brown choose this field of work. Her skills to dissect any circumstance she was faced with no matter big or small has never been an issue. I am more than honored to speak on her behalf for she has never fallen short of complete excellence. If you would like to have any more information please feel free to call me and at 706-461-3852 or email me at jadewhatadiva@yahoo.com.

Best Regards,

Jade’ Williams

Educational Advisor

Student Teacher Connection Counselor

El Dorado High School

El,Paso TX 79938

Tel: 706-461-3852

Email: Jadehwatadiva@yahoo.com


A'Layjah Brown

Career Objectives

I aspire to become a FBI special agent. The road will not be easy but it is worth it at the end. I will be dedicated and hard working to make sure that I will accomplish this goal of mine.

Education History

Sept. 2018 - June 2020

Duke University
Bachelor's in Forensic Psychology
Durham, North Carolina

Aug. 2018 - May 2020

Duke University
Minor Criminal Justice
Durham, North Carolina

Work Experience

Mar. 2019 - Dec. 2020

Durham City Police Department
911 Operator
Durham, North Carolina

Volunteer Experience

June 2015 - July 2015

Shiloh Baptist Church
Volunteer worker
El Paso, Texas

» We went to a housing shelter for migrant workers. we walked around and cleaned up the outside of the building, as well as the inside. Then when we were finished we passed out food and water to the homeless workers who could not make it in.

Awards & Certificates

» IB Diploma (May 2018)
» National Honor Society (Apr. 2017)
» Gifted and Talented Program (Aug. 2007)

Extracurricular Activities

Student Council, Track and Field, Basketball, Step Team, Volleyball

Hobbies & Interests

» Reading

Skills & Abilities

» Japanese
» Spanish

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