At Duke Divinity School, we're dedicated to ensuring you can succeed here. From academic support that includes one-on-one coaching and pre-orientation workshops, to spiritual and vocational guidance that help you discern your call, to houses of study that can serve as your spiritual home, to an array of student interest groups, you're not alone on your journey. We're here with you and for you.

RISE Pre-Orientation Workshop

Fundamentals of Theological Writing

RISE (Refresher and Intensive for Scholarly Enrichment) is an optional pre-orientation academic workshop that helps incoming students develop the skills needed to critically engage religious texts and write theologically. If you have been out of school for some time, lack a background in humanities and/or religious studies, or simply believe you would benefit from some initial preparation for the courses you will be taking in your first year, we encourage you to participate.

Westbrook classroom with Stephen Chapman
Student sits across from a writing center coach at a round table

The Center for Writing and Academic Support

Supporting Academic Success

In addition to running the RISE workshop, the Center for Writing and Academic Support provides ongoing academic support workshops throughout the year and tutors who are available to work with you one-on-one.

A Place That Feels Like Home

Houses of Study

Worried you'll feel a little lost at Duke? Our houses of study often serve as a spiritual home for our students. From the Hispanic House of Studies to the Office of Black Church Studies and the Asian House of Studies, to denominational houses of study including the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies, the Baptist House of Studies, the Methodist House of Studies, and the Presbyterian and Reformed House of Studies, our houses can serve as a home base and an opportunity to prepare you for ministry in specific communities and contexts. 


Preparation for Service in the Church and World

Most of us don't come to divinity school sure of exactly what God has in store for us. Our approach to formation is holistic, seeking to nurture the spiritual, physical, emotional, professional, and community life of our students. We walk alongside you as you discern your calling, seek vocational clarity, ask spiritual questions, and understand your denominational identity.

Students hold blue glass crosses during worship service
Students laugh together while sitting in Goodson Chapel

Office of Student Life

Supporting Our Students

When you need a listening ear, the Office of Student Life is here for you to unwind; speak freely; discuss academic, spiritual, and personal concerns; and explore possibilities for future vocation and ministry.

Office of the Chaplain

Spiritual Support

The journey of faith is not always a straight line, and knowing that there are caring partners along the way can be a great comfort. Chaplain Meghan Benson meets with students informally and by appointment to offer encouragement and spiritual direction as students seek to clarify their calling, struggle with questions of faith, and balance the rigorous and sometimes conflicting demands of seminary life.

Meghan Benson headshot in dark blue sweater and multi-shaded bluescarf