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Congratulations, Class of 2026!

Yesterday, 2,230 of you found out that Duke could become your home this fall. We hope that the next month is full of excitement and exploration, and that you ultimately decide to join the Blue Devil Family!

All of us on campus are so excited to welcome you! Here are some words of welcome from all of us — Congratulations, and we hope to see you soon!

“Welcome home. This is just the beginning — the best is yet to come! Here, you’ll have the opportunity to grow in ways that you may have never imagined and make memories that you’ll cherish forever. We’re so excited to have you in the Blue Devil Family!” Natalie Wong, Class of 2023

“Welcome to Duke! Being a Blue Devil is a gift in every way — the people, the opportunities, and the growth that you’ll experience on campus are incomparable. We are so excited for you and hope to see you in Durham this fall!” Manasvi Reddy, Class of 2025

“Hello!! I am so, so happy that all of you are now officially Baby Blue Devils! Coming to this college has been the most life-changing experience — I am sure it will be for you too. I wish you all the best of luck and remember to have FUN! Good luck as you all come to college, and I believe in you all ❤!!” Devan Wainright, Class of 2023

“Congratulations Class of 2026! I’m so proud to welcome you all to your new, beautiful home! Going to Duke has been a transformative experience that I’m honored to share with you!” Maya Todd, Class of 2025

“Welcome to Duke!! Your time here will be filled with so many wonderful memories, much personal growth, and amazing individuals from all over the world. You have the freedom to dictate your time spent here in Durham, so here’s to new beginnings!” Lily Zhang, Class of 2025

“Welcome!! You are going to have such an amazing time. Feel free to reach out with any questions!” Caroline King, Class of 2024

“Congrats to all of you for this wonderful accomplishment! You should all feel so proud. I know choosing between colleges is hard, but when I think back over the past three years, I am genuinely grateful I chose Duke every single day. This is a place where you can literally do anything. Even my family is grateful — and I’m from Chapel Hill! Go Duke, go Blue Devils, but most importantly, go Class of 2026. Welcome!!” Babu Chatterjee, Class of 2023

“Congratulations! Duke has had such a positive impact on me and how I view the world and people around me. I’m so excited for you to find your people and grow in exceptional ways.” Vic Kovarik, Class of 2024

“Congrats on getting into the best university ever! Enjoy every second of your first year because it goes by way too fast when you are having this much fun. All the hard work paid off and now you are here. Take advantage of the next four years! Welcome home :)” Phoebe Ducote, Class of 2025

“Congrats, Class of 2026! Welcome to the place where you’ll spend the best four years of your life!! Reach out to me if you have any questions and take advantage of all of the amazing opportunities Duke has to offer! See you soon!” Rhea Niyyar, Class of 2024

“Welcome to the next chapter! We’re all waiting to meet you — including Nugget the Golden Retriever and Peaches the Cat (our honorary campus pets). Throughout your freshman year, try to get out of your comfort zone as much as you can! Get lunch with new people, go take that class you’ve always thought was interesting but never got a chance to try, meet professors, and take nice long healing walks on the quad. If you ever get scared or feel too challenged or uncertain here, just remember we’re all in this together (and never be afraid to ask for help).” Sonali Sanjay, Class of 2024

“I love it here and you will too. Give yourself some time and you will find the right people!” Erin Blanding, Class of 2024

“Congratulations Class of 2026!!! So excited to meet all of you! Take advantage of every opportunity you get and enjoy your time at Duke! I have loved every single moment and know you will too! Big welcome to the Blue Devil family :)” Kai Jennings, Class of 2023

“Congratulations to the incredible Duke Class of 2026! YOU DID IT! Here, you will have the opportunity to pursue all of your interests, make lifelong memories, and find your passions. Being a Blue Devil is the most special feeling in the world. I hope you find your home here❤” Jules Nasco, Class of 2022

Follow us @DukeStudents on all social media sites to find out more about what life could look like as a Duke student and see if Duke is the place for you!!!



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