For College Reps

Welcome! We value your presence on our campus and hope that you are able to include us on your rounds of the Triangle area! The following information will assist you in planning your visit to Durham Academy.

We are located at 3601 Ridge Road, Durham, NC 27705. Our office is located in our Learning Commons, the building that sits adjacent to the parking lot at the main entrance to the Upper School campus. If the visitor parking spots are occupied, just park in the first available.

Visit Schedule

The school day begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m., with six 50-minute periods.

We cannot schedule college visits during the following times: 10:05 to 10:20 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday (homeroom); or 10:05 to 10:55 a.m. Thursday (Assembly).

To schedule a visit, please contact Nancy Swain in the College Counseling Center at 919-287-1724 or nancy.swain@da.org.

Local Resources

In this section, please find resources to help you make the most of your visit. Scroll down to learn more about places to GO, places to STAY, places to EAT, and other places to CONNECT wirelessly.

GO ... area info

STAY ... convenient Durham hotels

Comfort Inn
Phone:919.490.4949
Address:3508 Mt. Moriah Rd
(b/t Chapel Hill & Durham, just off Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, near I-40 & 15/501 Exit 270)
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Courtyard by Marriott
Phone:919.309.1500
Address:1815 Front St
(I-85 & Hillandale Rd, Exit 174A)
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Extended Stay America
Phone:919.489.8444
Address:3105 Tower Blvd
(near 15-501 & Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, closest hotel to DA)
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Hampton Inn
Phone:919.471.6100
Address:1816 Hillandale Rd
(I-85 Exit 174A)
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Hilton Durham
Phone:919.383.8033
Address:3800 Hillsborough Rd
(US 15 Bypass Exit 108D)
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Holiday Inn Express
Phone:919.313.3244
Address:2516 Guess Rd
(I-85 Exit 175)
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Homewood Suites by Hilton
Phone:919.401.0610
Address:3600 Mt. Moriah Rd
(b/t Chapel Hill & Durham, just off Durham-Chapel Hill Bvd, near I-40 & 15/501 Exit 270)
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LaQuinta Inn & Suites
Phone:919.401.9660
Address:4414 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
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Quality Inn & Suites
Phone:919.382.3388
Address:3710 Hillsborough Rd
(US 15 Bypass Exit 108D)
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Red Roof Inn
Phone:919.489.9421
Address:5623 Durham-Chapel Blvd
(b/t Durham & Chapel Hill, near I-40 &15/501 Exit 270)
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Red Roof Inn
Phone:919.471.9882
Address:I-85 & Guess Rd (Exit 175)
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Staybridge Suites
Phone:919.401.9800
Address:3704 Mt. Moriah Rd
(b/t Chapel Hill & Durham, just off Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, near I-40 & 15/501 Exit 270)
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EAT … casual, moderately priced, local food

Cosmic Cantina (Chapel Hill)
Phone:919.960.3955
Address:128 E Franklin St.
(the main drag for UNC-CH)
Chapel Hill
Description:A popular college town hangout that stays open late & serves great Southwestern fare.

Cosmic Cantina (Durham)
Phone:919.286.1875
Address:1920 Perry St
(around the corner from Francesca's Dessert Caffe, near Duke's East Campus)
Durham
Description:A popular college town hangout that stays open late & serves great Southwestern fare

Elmo's Diner
Phone:919.416.3823
Address:776 Ninth St.
(down from Francesca's Dessert Caffe)
Durham
Description:A fun place not far from the NC School of Science & Math & Duke's East Campus; website

Foster's Market
Phone:919.489.3944
Address:2694 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham
Description:Funky decor, seasonal dishes & great outdoor dining areas
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Francesca's Dessert Caffe
Phone:919.286.4177
Address:706 Ninth St
(an easy walk to Cosmic Cantina & Elmo's Diner)
Durham
Description:Gelato, sorbetto, soy-cream, pastries, light lunch items, coffee, & more; a great place to people-watch through the front windows; wi-fi available
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Guglhupf Bakery & Cafe
Phone:919.401.2600
Address:2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Suite 1
Durham
Description:This European bakery includes a two-story cafe with wonderful patio seating; wi-fi available
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Mama Dip's
Phone:919.942.5837
Address:408 W Rosemary St
(parallel to E Franklin St)
Chapel Hill
Description:Mildred Council (a.k.a. Mama Dip) started sharing her down-home Southern cooking with customers in 1976 & has since been lauded everywhere from Southern Living to the White House
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Nanataco
Phone:919.489.8226
Address:2512 University Dr
Durham
Description:A former garage-turned-dining-room serving up quick, tasty tacos and other Mexican fare. 
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Only Burger
Phone:919.937.9377
Address:3710 Shannon Rd
Durham
Description:A food truck-turned-brick-and-mortar favorite that's obsessed with serving the perfect burger. Runner-up in The Food Network's America's Favorite Food Truck competition in 2010.
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Saladelia Cafe
Phone:919.489.5837
Address:4201 University Dr
(close to Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.)
Durham
Description:Salads, sandwiches, & desserts, incl Middle Eastern fare; wi-fi available
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Thai Cafe
Phone:919.493.9794
Address:2501 University Dr
(off Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, in the same shopping center as The Picnic Basket)
Durham
Description:Faculty members sometimes gather here for dinner before an evening Upper School event, but you can also enjoy lunch in this slightly more upscale restaurant.
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The Original Q Shack
Phone:919.402.4227
Address:2510 University Drive
Durham
Description:A variety of North Carolina and Texas-style barbecue options — from classic pulled pork sandwiches, to smoked turkey, to beef brisket.
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Tonali Restaurant
Phone:919.489.8000
Address:3642 Shannon Rd
Durham
Description:Freshly prepared & beautifully presented Mexican cuisine in a colorful, slightly more upscale restaurant; the talented and genial owner/chef Andre Macias is a native of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico.
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CONNECT ... other Durham Wi-Fi options

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Phone:919.489.3012
Address:5400 New Hope Commons
(at Mt. Moriah Rd & Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., just off I-40 Exit 270)
Durham
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Panera Bread
Phone:919.419.6334
Address:3601 Witherspoon Rd
(off Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, near I-40 Exit 270)
Durham
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Regulator Bookshop
Phone:919.286.2700
Address:720 Ninth St
(close to Francesca's Dessert Caffe, Cosmic Cantina & Elmo's Diner)
Durham
 

This independent bookstore opened in 1976 & remains a community treasure.
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College Counseling Staff

Kathy Cleaver
Co-Director of College Counseling 
919-489-6569 (x6107)

 

 

Jazmin Garcia Smith
Co-Director of College Counseling
919-489-6569 (x6110)
 

 

Nancy Swain
Administrative Assistant   
919-489-6569 (x6105)

CEEB: 341-049 

Mailing Address 
College Counseling Center 
Durham Academy 
3601 Ridge Road 
Durham, NC 27705-5599


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