Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

Go Blue Devils!!!

Mascot: Blue Devil

Campus History & Origin

Duke University in Durham, N.C., traces its origins to 1838, when Methodist and Quaker families in rural Randolph County employed Brantley York as a permanent teacher for their subscription school. The school was renamed to Union Institute Academy in 1841, Normal College in 1851, and to Trinity College in 1859. After moving to Durham in 1892, the school began to grow rapidly, mostly because of the generosity of Washington Duke & Julian Carr, grown wealthy in the tobacco industry.  Duke's son, James B. Duke, established The Duke Endowment , a $40 million ($430 million in 2005 dollars) trust fund, some of which was to go to Trinity College. The president then named the college Duke University in honor of Duke and his family.

Fight Song: "Fight Blue Devils"

Admissions Requirements  

Admission Data (2013)

  • 14% Acceptance Rate

25th Percentile Score /75th Percentile Score

  • SAT Reading-   670/760
  • SAT Math-        690/790
  • SAT Writing-    680/780
  • ACT Composite-  30/34
  • ACT English-    30/35
  • ACT Math-        31/35

Tuition & Cost

Category                                                          Undergraduates

Tuition & Fees                                                       $45,376

  • Semester Tuition                                         $22,688
  • Part-Time Tuition (Credit/hr)                        $1,375

Room & Board                                                        $12,902

Books & Supplies                                                    $1,300

Personal Expenses                                                 $2,170

Total Cost of Attendance                                       $61,748

Currently 14,950 students enrolled.

Devils After Dark

The Devils After Dark program was created in 2005 to provide safe and fun social opportunities for first-year students on the weekends. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, you can expect to find something exciting going on! Events include buses to area malls, acapella concerts, dance lessons, and recreation activities.

Degree Plan: Biomedical Sciences Alternate Choices: Neuroscience, or Art

Biology Designated Core**Although the UTEP choice is larger, these choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and th(show more)All courses listed below are required:CHEM 1105 | CHEM 1106 | CHEM 1305 | CHEM 1306 |MATH 1411(Complete MATH 1411) Please Choose a Course Below:
MATH 1411 | MATH 1411A | MATH 1411B | MATH 1411C |MATH Sequence(Select MATH 1312 or STAT 2480) Please Choose a Course Below:
MATH 1312 | STAT 2182 | STAT 2380 | STAT 2381 | STAT 2480 |Physics Sequence(Select PHYS 1403 & 1404 or PHYS 2420 & 2421) Please Choose a Course Below:
PHYS 1403 | PHYS 1404 | PHYS 2420 | PHYS 2421 |University Core CurriculumNOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards you(show more)Communication(Select six hours from the following: COMM 1611; RWS 1301, 1302, 1601; NOTE: ESL students should take ESOL 1311 & 1312) Please Choose a Course Below:
ESOL 1311 | ESOL 1312 | RWS 1301 | RWS 1302 | RWS 1601 |American History(Complete HIST 1301 and 1302) Please Choose a Course Below:
HIST 1301 | HIST 1302 |Language, Philosophy & Culture(Select a course from ENGL 2311, 2312, 2313, 2314, 2318; FREN 2322; HIST 2301, 2302; PHIL 1301, 2306; RS 1301; SPAN 2340; WS 2300, 2350) Please Choose a Course Below:
ENGL 2311 | ENGL 2312 | ENGL 2313 | ENGL 2314 | ENGL 2318 | HIST 2301 | HIST 2302 | PHIL 1301 | PHIL 2306 | RS 1301 | SPAN 2340 | WS 2300 | WS 2350 |Mathematics(Select a course from MATH 1319, 1320, 1411, 1508, 2301, 2326; STAT 1380, 2480) Please Choose a Course Below:
MATH 1319 | MATH 1320 | MATH 1411 | MATH 1411A | MATH 1411B | MATH 1411C | MATH 1508 | MATH 1508A | MATH 1508B | MATH 1508C | MATH 2301 | MATH 2326 | STAT 1380 | STAT 2480 |Life & Physical Sciences - LabComplete a lab from the options listed for Life and Physical Sciences

Please Choose a Course Below:
ASTR 1107 | BIOL 1103 | BIOL 1104 | BIOL 1107 | BIOL 1108 | BIOL 2111 | BIOL 2113 | CHEM 1105 | CHEM 1106 | CHEM 1407 | CHEM 1408 | ESCI 1101 | ESCI 1102 | GEOG 1106 | GEOL 1103 | GEOL 1104 | GEOL 1111 | GEOL 1112 | PHYS 1403 |PHYS 1404 | PHYS 2420 | PHYS 2421 |Life and Physical SciencesBased on the major selected, options listed below might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

Select six hours from the following: ASTR 1107, 1307, 1308; BIOL 1103, 1104, 1107, 1108, 1203, 1304, 1305, 1306, 2111, 2113, 2311, 2313; CHEM 1105, 1106, 1305, 1306, 1407, 1408; ESCI 1101, 1102, 1301; GEOG 1106, 1306; GEOL 1103, 1104, 1111, 1112, 1211, 1212, 1230, 1231, 1313, 1314; HSCI 2302, 2303; MICR 2330; PHYS 1403, 1404, 2420, 2421

Please Choose a Course Below:
ASTR 1107 | ASTR 1307 | ASTR 1308 | BIOL 1103 | BIOL 1104 | BIOL 1107 | BIOL 1108 | BIOL 1203 | BIOL 1304 | BIOL 1305 | BIOL 1306 | BIOL 2111 | BIOL 2113 | BIOL 2311 | BIOL 2313 | CHEM 1105 | CHEM 1106 | CHEM 1305 | CHEM 1306 |CHEM 1407 | CHEM 1408 | ESCI 1101 | ESCI 1102 | ESCI 1301 | GEOG 1106 | GEOG 1306 | GEOL 1103 | GEOL 1104 | GEOL 1111 | GEOL 1112 | GEOL 1211 | GEOL 1212 | GEOL 1230 | GEOL 1231 | GEOL 1313 | GEOL 1314 | HSCI 2302 | HSCI 2303 |MICR 2330 | PHYS 1403 | PHYS 1404 | PHYS 2420 | PHYS 2421 |Political Science(Complete POLS 2310 & 2311) Please Choose a Course Below:
POLS 2310 | POLS 2311 |Social and Behavioral Sciences(Select a course from ANTH 1301, 1302, 1310, 2320; CE 2326; COMM 2350, 2372; ECON 2303, 2304; EDPC 1301; EDU 1342; ENGL 2320; GEOG 1310; LING 2320, 2340; PSYC 1301; SOCI 1301, 1310) Please Choose a Course Below:
ANTH 1301 | ANTH 1302 | ANTH 1310 | ANTH 2320 | CE 2326 | COMM 2350 | COMM 2372 | ECON 2303 | ECON 2304 | EDPC 1301 | EDU 1342 | ENGL 2320 | GEOG 1310 | LING 2320 | LING 2340 | PSYC 1301 | SOCI 1301 | SOCI 1310 |Creative Arts(Select a course from ART 1300; ARTH 1305, 1306; DANC 1304; FILM 1390; MUSL 1321, 1324, 1327; THEA 1313) Please Choose a Course Below:
ART 1300 | ARTH 1305 | ARTH 1306 | DANC 1304 | FILM 1390 | MUSL 1321 | MUSL 1324 | MUSL 1327 | THEA 1313 |Component Area Option(Select two courses from BUSN 1301; COMM 1301, 1302; CS 1310, 1320; SCI 1301; UNIV 1301) Please Choose a Course Below:
BUSN 1301 | COMM 1301 | COMM 1302 | CS 1310 | CS 1320 | SCI 1301 | UNIV 1301 |Biomedical ConcentrationThis area requires forty hours in total.All courses listed below are required:BIOL 1107 | BIOL 1108 | BIOL 1305 | BIOL 1306 | CHEM 2124 | CHEM 2125 | CHEM 2324 | CHEM 2325 | ZOOL 4181 |BIOL 3192(Complete BIOL 3192) Please Choose a Course Below:
BIOL 3192 | BIOL 4192 |BIOL 3414(Select BIOL 3414 or BIOL 3115 & 3314) Please Choose a Course Below:
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BIOL 4388 | ZOOL 4380 |CHEM Elective(Select CHEM 3330 or 3332) Please Choose a Course Below:
CHEM 3330 | CHEM 3332 |Upper-Division Electives(Select twelve hours of upper-division from BIOL, BOT, MICR or ZOOL; BIOL 3320 is strongly recommended) Please Choose a Course Below:
BIOL 3115 | BIOL 3117 | BIOL 3192 | BIOL 3314 | BIOL 3316 | BIOL 3320 | BIOL 3321 | BIOL 3342 | BIOL 3351 | BIOL 3357 | BIOL 4195 | BIOL 4198 | BIOL 4223 | BIOL 4225 | BIOL 4298 | BIOL 4320 | BIOL 4322 | BIOL 4324 | BIOL 4325 | BIOL 4327 | BIOL 4370 | BIOL 4388 | BIOL 4390 |BIOL 4395 | BIOL 4398 | BOT 3330 | MICR 3144 | MICR 3146 | MICR 3328 | MICR 3343 | MICR 3345 | MICR 4154 | MICR 4329 | MICR 4351 | MICR 4353 | MICR 4355 | ZOOL 4155 | ZOOL 4157 | ZOOL 4354 | ZOOL 4356 | ZOOL 4380 | ZOOL 4384 |Additional coursework(Select thirteen additional hours of coursework) Please Choose a Course Below:
MAJOR_ELEC(Select an additional seven hours of BIOL, BOT, MICR or ZOOL) Please Choose a Course Below:
BIOL 1203 | BIOL 2111 | BIOL 2113 | BIOL 2311 | BIOL 2313 | BIOL 3115 | BIOL 3117 | BIOL 3192 | BIOL 3314 | BIOL 3316 | BIOL 3320 | BIOL 3321 | BIOL 3330 | BIOL 3342 | BIOL 3351 | BIOL 3357 | BIOL 3360 | BIOL 3417 | BIOL 3427 | BIOL 4195 | BIOL 4198 | BIOL 4223 | BIOL 4225 |BIOL 4298 | BIOL 4320 | BIOL 4322 | BIOL 4324 | BIOL 4325 | BIOL 4326 | BIOL 4327 | BIOL 4370 | BIOL 4388 | BIOL 4390 | BIOL 4395 | BIOL 4398 | BIOL 4428 | BIOL 4466 | BOT 2410 | BOT 3330 | BOT 3437 | MICR 2141 | MICR 2330 | MICR 2340 | MICR 3144 | MICR 3146 | MICR 3328 |MICR 3343 | MICR 3345 | MICR 3449 | MICR 4154 | MICR 4329 | MICR 4351 | MICR 4353 | MICR 4355 | ZOOL 2406 | ZOOL 2466 | ZOOL 3464 | ZOOL 3468 | ZOOL 4155 | ZOOL 4157 | ZOOL 4354 | ZOOL 4356 | ZOOL 4380 | ZOOL 4384 | ZOOL 4476 | ZOOL 4478 |MICR 2440(Select MICR 2440 or MICR 2141 & 2340) Please Choose a Course Below:
MICR 2141 | MICR 2340 | Math MinorAll courses listed below are required:MATH 1312 |Upper-division requirement(Select two courses from MATH 3319, 3320, 3325, 3327, 3328, 3329, 3335, 3341, 4325, 4329, 4336, 4341; MATH 3323 or 4326; STAT 3330, 3381, 4380) Please Choose a Course Below:
MATH 3319 | MATH 3320 | MATH 3323 | MATH 3325 | MATH 3327 | MATH 3328 | MATH 3329 | MATH 3335 | MATH 3341 | MATH 4325 | MATH 4326 | MATH 4329 | MATH 4336 | MATH 4341 | STAT 3330 | STAT 3381 | STAT 4380 |Major elective(Select two additional courses from MATH 2300, 2313, 2320, 2325, 2326, 3319, 3320, 3325, 3327, 3328, 3329, 3335, 3341, 4325, 4329, 4336, 4341; MATH 3323 or 4326; STAT 3330, 3381, 4380) Please Choose a Course Below:
MATH 2300 | MATH 2313 | MATH 2320 | MATH 2325 | MATH 2326 | MATH 3319 | MATH 3320 | MATH 3323 | MATH 3325 | MATH 3327 | MATH 3328 | MATH 3329 | MATH 3335 | MATH 3341 | MATH 4325 | MATH 4326 | MATH 4329 | MATH 4336 | MATH 4341 | STAT 3330 | STAT 3381 |STAT 4380 |MATH 1411(Complete MATH 1411) Please Choose a Course Below:
MATH 1411 | MATH 1411A | MATH 1411B | MATH 1411C |Psychology MinorAll courses listed below are required:PSYC 1301 | PSYC 1303 | PSYC 3101 | PSYC 3201 |PSYC_ELEC(Select a course from PSYC 3320, 3330, 3348, 4324) Please Choose a Course Below:
PSYC 3320 | PSYC 3330 | PSYC 3348 | PSYC 4324 |PSYC_UPPR(Select six hours of upper division Psychology) Please Choose a Course Below:

PSYC 3315 | PSYC 3320 | PSYC 3330 | PSYC 3331 | PSYC 3346 | PSYC 3347 | PSYC 3348 | PSYC 3350 | PSYC 4301 | PSYC 4309 | PSYC 4311 | PSYC 4312 | PSYC 4316 | PSYC 4317 | PSYC 4321 | PSYC 4324 | PSYC 4341 | PSYC 4343 | PSYC 4345 | PSYC 4352 | PSYC 4353 |

Job Description: Neurosurgeon

Neurosurgeons examine, diagnose and surgically treat disorders of the nervous system. Training to become a brain surgeon requires a 6-7 year neurosurgical residency following four years of med school, but qualified brain surgeons receive some of the highest salaries of all medical health professionals. This career is physically and intellectually demanding and requires excellent hand dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

Required Education- Medical degree

Required Training- Neurosurgery residency

Licensure & Certification- State medical license required; Optional board certification by the American Board of Neurologic Surgery

Projected Job Growth (2012-2022)- 18% (for all types of physicians and surgeons)*

Median Salary (2015)- $540,029**

Cover Letter

Jose Villegas M.D

UMC

5678 Somestreetin, Sometown 91011

May 20th, 2015

Good evening Dr. Villegas,

I am applying for a neurological residency at UMC’s Children’s Hospital as mentioned in our meeting at University Medical Center.

As I told you at the in the meeting i and currently enrolled in the College of Neuroscience at Duke University working on my Masters in Neuroscience. In my current classes we perform real life scenarios which makes me reliable in hard situations and extreme cases, i perform too the best of my ability using every skill obtained in my classes. Secondly, this residency will fulfill the requirements I need in order to be a full time neurosurgeon, possibly a neurosurgeon at University Medical Center. During my studies i have realized that there has been an increase in neurological problems and I am sure that I would make a great addition to the Neuro team. The training i have recieved puts me above others in terms of experience.

It would be an honor to work with the best hospital in the region alongside some of the best neuro majors out there. I am capable and ready for any challenge that is thrown in my direction.

In your earliest convenience i would like to have an interview to discuss more about the neurological residency.

Sincerly,

Samantha Morris

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Recommendation Letter

To whom it May Concern,



I am without a doubt that Samantha Morris would be a great candidate to be accepted into Duke University for psychology and neuroscience. Ms. Morris is extremely involved in school as well as extracurricular activities showing her involvement with National Junior Honor Society, basketball, track and field and UIL mathematics. As an involved student athlete she continues to maintain good grades in the classroom.

Ms. Morris has not only impacted people in the classroom but on the court as well as on the track field. This young lady speaks out and is not afraid to back down from a challenge and this is many qualities that many people don’t have. Her leadership is what makes her stand out, and thats a great quality to have as she strives to become a Neurosurgeon. With her desire to succeed and become better I would say that for this program she would be exceptional. Ms. Morris’s abilities such as leadership, think outside the box, and strong excellence toward her future it already shows her will and the successes she will have in the future.

This young lady is ready for any challenges because she is extremely focused, has a desire to grow and learn. It is without a doubt in my mind that she won’t greatly benefit your program or any other service. If you would like to discuss Ms. Morris any further, you may reach me at Twatts10@hotmail.com, or via phone: (915) 999-4569.

Best Regards,



Thalia Watters

English department chair

AP English teacher

El Dorado 9th grade academy

El Paso, Tx 79938

Tel: (915) 999- 4569

Email: Twatts10@hotmail.com

Resume

Samantha Morris

Career Objectives

I plan to preform my best and impress my employers with my skills. I do believe this job will provide me with useful experiences that will better my performance in the future. I am capable and i am ready for any challenges that come my way.

Education History

June 2018 - May 2020

Duke University
Masters
Durham, North Carolina

» Received Masters in The College of Neuroscience at Duke University over the course of eight years.

July 2014 - May 2018

El Dorado High School
9th- 12th
El Paso, Texas

» Attended EDHS, partook in AP classes all four years. Also participated in sports such as Basketball and Track and Field. Graduated under the STEM program for taking classes in Biomedical Sciences.

Volunteer Experience

June 2014 - July 2014

South West Neurospine Institute
n/a
El Paso, Texas

» I was able to help file patients papers as well as answer phones for Dr. Martin

Extracurricular Activities

May 2011 - To Present

Clubs & Organizations
Honor Society

» I always try my best to help the community and give back as much as possible

Aug. 2010 - To Present

Sports
Basketball

» I participate in multiple sports, basketball being one of them

Hobbies & Interests

» Drawing - On my spare time I do like to sit down and draw what ever comes to mind as well as perfect previous drawings.
» Track and Field - I tend to use track as a stress reliever, i enjoy competing against others or just running for fun.

Skills & Abilities

» Committed - As I become involved with any activity or group, I am sure to remain committed. I always preform to the best off my abilities and try my best to not let my co-workers down.
» Creative - When it comes to projects, presentation, and/or problems i tend to come up with more creative solutions. I sure to keep a positive attitude and cooperate and collaborate ideas with other people.

Persuasive Essay

I have been planning my whole life to attend Duke University, I believe that this university if the perfect college for my profession. My entire life I have wanted to be the best neurosurgeon I can be and I know Duke can help me get there. I should be accepted to your university because I would love to be a part of your College of Neuroscience and I would make a great addition to your campus.

Neurology has always been an interest of mine. I like see seeing how the brain works and it amazes me how on organ controls the whole body. The spine plays a major role in the nervous system as well which makes one of my interest of mine. The fact that with the knowledge i will obtain at your university will help me changes and/or save lives makes my urge to attend Duke ten times larger. Duke is known to have the best medical schools out there and it would be an honor to be taught and trained by the best the school has to offer. It has been a dream of mine to attend Duke University’s College of Neuroscience.

I do believe that with my acceptance to your university, I can contribute to the amazing attributes that have already been established. I will help students as well as myself exell in our fields of study. Many see myself as a great leader and very well organized, which in terms should be a great addition. It is my duty to continue to carry the image of a great student through out my attendance of the university. As an AP student I know what it takes to not only pass but perform beyond expectations and succeed. I would be a honored to sit along side of the smartest people in the country and study the course I so desperately want to be apart of. As a Blue Devil I will try my hardest to better the campus.

I continue to want to attend Duke University and strongly believe that I am the student you are looking for. As stated above Neuroscience is a huge interest of mine and pursuing a career in such field would be a dream come true.

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