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Frequently Asked Questions

Should I disclose my disability on my application to Duke Universtiy?

Colleges are prohibited from making pre-admission inquiries about disabilities. College applicants with disabilities are not required to self-identify in the admissions process; however, applicants need to be reminded that admissions to a particular program is dependent upon meeting academic standards and other requirements, regardless of disability status.

For an admissions application, contact:

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Duke University
P.O. Box 90586
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-3214
Fax: (919) 681-8941

I did not have to take a foreign language in high school because of my disability.  Do I have to take a foreign language at Duke?

The Trininty Collge of Undergraduate Academic Policies state, "Duke University assists students with learning or other disabilities who provide the necessary documentation and request accommodations through the Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) or the Academic Resource Center (ARC). Duke University does not grant waivers of curricular requirements but formulates an individualized plan that may include course specific accommodations and academic support services such as tutoring and study skills enhancement."

What are some examples of accommodations at Duke?

Examples of academic accommodations that might be warranted include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Extended test time to complete quizzes, tests, and examinations
  • Provision of readers for tests and exams as required
  • Administration of test and examinations in a quiet room with minimal distractions
  • Provision of a scribe for tests and exam as required
  • Large Print (tests, articles)
  • Provision of books in alternative format
  • Provision of Sign Language interpreter/translator
  • Priority seating
  • Relocation of classes when necessary
  • Provision of a note taker to supplement student note

Examples of non-academic accommodations that might be warranted include, but are not limited to the following:

  • ADA Van Transportation
  • Curb-Cuts
  • Strobe Lights
  • Access Van (point-to-point transportation)
  • On Campus Emergency Phones
  • Hearing Impaired Notification Kit