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University’s Mission Statement

James B. Duke’s founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to “provide real

leadership in the educational world” by choosing individuals of “outstanding character, ability and vision” to serve as

its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of “character, determination and application;” and by

pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would “most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom

and promote human happiness.”

To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students,

attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards

and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of

skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of

knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment

built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease and promote health, through

sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and

beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information

technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the

obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.

By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit,

and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local

community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees on February 23, 2001