Undergraduate members of Duke LIFE student group
Duke LIFE members chat in the new Duke LIFE "Living Room"  in 318 Perkins Library

The Duke LIFE (Low-Income, First-Generation Engagement) office is a part of the Office of Undergraduate Education that is dedicated to welcoming and advocating for Duke's students from first-generation and/or limited income backgrounds, who constitute about 20 percent of the undergraduate student body.  

The mission of the office is to create, implement, assess, and sustain  programming and support strategies that promote academic excellence.  The office took its name from the Duke LIFE student group, with which it collaborates and supports. The students host events designed to bring Duke’s first-generation and/or low-income community together and create relevant identity development programs and activities. Duke LIFE includes members of the Rubenstein Scholars program, a premier merit scholarship for low-income and first-generation students, which is housed in the Office of University Scholars and Fellows (OUSF), which is also a part of the Office of Undergraduate Education.