Duke University | Baldwin Scholars Program

The Program

“Through the Baldwin Scholars Program, Duke undergraduate women will develop the self-confidence, experience and skills to help rethink campus culture and group norms. They will serve as exemplars of strong, smart women leaders, and will graduate prepared to play a significant role in society, regardless of their chosen career paths.” –Nannerl O. Keohane, president of Duke University, 1993-2004


The Alice M. Baldwin Scholars Program inspires and supports undergraduate women to become engaged, confident and connected leaders in the Duke community and beyond.   

Upperclass mentors, faculty and Duke alumnae provide an empowering environment. Scholars are expected to positively influence the culture for women at Duke, offering new ideas about how to measure academic and social success.

Women enter the program as first-year students, with 18 students accepted each fall. The first class of scholars was selected in fall 2004, with the program reaching total enrollment of 72 in fall 2007.

The four-year experience includes a retreat, two academic seminars, an opportunity to live together as a group on West Campus, an internship, community service, and numerous informal activities such as lectures and dinners. Baldwin Scholars will develop leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The program is open to students in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the Pratt School of Engineering. Scholars are encouraged to pursue other interests, including study abroad, athletics and sorority membership. Scholars may declare any major, complete pre-medical or other graduate school requirements, or participate in  Focus.

The program does not provide a tuition scholarship, but scholars won't face additional costs to participate.