Meet the Nicholas School’s Class of 2017

This year marks the 25th anniversary of interdisciplinary environmental education at Duke. On August 17th, 2015, 152 MEM/MF residential students arrived at the Nicholas School and are already making their presence felt in wonderful ways. The School’s founders would undoubtedly be pleased to see the intellect, passion and diverse backgrounds and skill sets that our newest professional environmental master’s class brings to our efforts to build a more sustainable future.

Delfina Cuglievan Weise from Peru is a MEM student studying Global Environmental Change. She shares her excitement about her experience so far.

Delfina Culievan Weise“I am very happy with my decision to study at Duke and the Nic School. I have met people from a wide array of backgrounds who have unique life stories. I have also been continually impressed by the quality of the professors who teach here. I find the classes challenging and rewarding and I look forward to working with and learning from my peers and teachers over the next two years.”

Who they are:

  • Average age                                    25 (ranges from 21 to 46)
  • Average undergraduate GPA      3.51
  • Average GRE-V/GRE-Q              159/159
  • Female: Male ratio                       2:1
  • African-American                         1%
  • American Indian                           1%
  • Asian-American                            6%
  • Caucasian                                       62%
  • Foreign                                           22%
  • Hispanic-American                     6%
  • Multi-Ethnicity                            2%

Where they’re from:

  • 27 U.S. states, plus DC
  • 37 from outside the U.S. – hailing from Chile, China, France, Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru, Germany, South Korea and Turkey
  • 117 undergraduate schools

Most common majors: environmental science/studies, economics, biology

Where they’re headed:



  • 19 are pursuing joint degrees with other Duke or UNC professional schools in business or public policy.