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Program Overview

  • A loan-free financial package for four years, including:

    •  Tuition, room, board 
    • Fully-loaded laptop computer on first day of class
  • Preorientation program provided at no cost
  • Enrichment funding to pursue special research and experiential projects
  • Two  summer terms of study away or summer school 
  • One-on-one mentoring from Duke faculty and older students
  • A series of professional development seminars
  • David M. Rubenstein Scholars take advantage of both the Office of University Scholars and Fellows (OUSF) and DukeLIFE programming across all 4-years of their Duke careers.   

Rubenstein Scholars benefit from being part of the
Office of University Scholars and Fellows (OUSF)

First Year


Strengths Finder Workshop

Undergraduate Research and NCS Workshop

Faculty Panel on Developing Relationships and Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Sophomore Year 

Faculty Fellows Program 

Junior Year

Session on Applying to Graduate School

Session on Preparing for the Workforce

Senior Year

Graduation Brunch and Reflection Exercise


Benefits from being part of the larger DukeLIFE (Low-Income, First-Generation Engagement) community of first-generation and/or low-income students at Duke

DukeLIFE Pre-orientation

A 7-day program designed to build community among incoming first-generation and low-income students and introduce them to resources that will support their academic journeys at Duke.

Professional Readiness Workshops 

Hosted in collaboration with campus partners, these sessions prepare students to identify their values and goals, design competitive application materials, hone their interview skills, and build professional networks.


Seminars and workshops created to promote students’ academic excellence and personal success. Topics include embracing intersecting identities, personal finance, time management, study skills, and more.

DukeLIFE Dinners

The DukeLIFE student organization hosts dinners for the community of low-income and first-generation students, faculty, and staff to come together over food and fun conversation.