Duke University

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Country: United States
Campus/location : Durham, NC

Arms (crest) of Duke University

Official blazon


The battlement at the top points to Duke’s Gothic-style West Campus. The initials are for Duke University, the cross stands for the university’s association with the Methodist church (and is taken from the school’s seal). The 3 bars are for Trinity College, Duke’s original name

The motto means “study and religion” in Latin (a joke on the motto changes “et” to “est” – “study is a religion” – reflecting how hard the student work)


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Literature: Background from Cliff Anderson