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Duke University

Duke University is considered by many to be one of the top universities in the country. Duke has a reputation of excellence and prides itself on offering one of the best undergraduate and graduate level academic programs in nation. As such, competition to get into Duke is fierce. The admissions team at Duke University is highly selective, accepting only 10% of undergraduate applications each year. At the graduate level acceptance rates are even lower. The Duke University School of Medicine typically accepts less than 5% of applicants in any given year.

Duke University is divided into 10 academic schools, which include the Fuqua School of Business, the Pratt School of Engineering and the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences - the universities three most well-known and respected academic schools.

Duke offers an extensive selection of undergraduate majors and graduate degrees for students to choose from in areas such as ethnic studies, biological sciences, business, computer and information systems, engineering, English, foreign languages, health services, history, human services, legal and law studies, liberal arts, mathematics, natural resources and conservation, physical sciences, psychology, social sciences and theology and religious vocations. But if none of these programs suite your fancy, Duke provides students the ability to design their own interdisciplinary major.

While Duke University offers merit, need and diversity based institutional scholarships for select students, the majority of student financial aid comes from federal assistance program such as Pell grants and Stafford loans.

In addition to a world-class academic program, Duke also offers students a variety of on-campus organizations, groups, programs, events and activities to foster social, intellectual and creative development. Probably the most noteworthy of all social activities is the school's athletic program. Duke University has a long history of intramural and intercollegiate athletics. Many social activities and events revolve around the schools athletic programs.

In addition to receiving a stellar education in Medicine, Law, Business or one of its many academic programs, students will come away from Duke with a prestigious degree that will open doors and create career opportunities for years to come.

From Humble Beginnings

Duke University was first established in 1838 as a private subscription school, in what was originally known as Randolph County (modern-day Trinity, NC). The University was organized by a group of Methodists and Quakers called the Union Institute Society. The university's original name was Brown's Schoolhouse and in 1841, when the state of North Carolina issued a charter, the school's official name was changed to Union Insitute Academy. In 1851, the school's name was changed yet again to Normal College and then again in 1859 to Trinity College in response to pressure from the Methodist Church, one of the schools primary financial supporters. In the early 1890s, Trinity College was relocated to Durham. Much of the school's early contributions came from wealthy Methodists including Julian S. Carr and Washington Duke. Between 1892 and 1900, Washington Duke contributed more than $385,000 to the school for an initial endowment and to support construction costs. However, the donations came with one stipulation, that the college open its doors to women.

Following in his father's footsteps, Jame B. Duke, son of Washington Duke, founded the Duke Endowment with a $40 million trust fund. Money from the endowment was used to support local hospitals, orphanages, the Methodist Church, and several colleges, including Trinity College. In an effort to distinguish the college from other colleges using the "Trinity" name and to honor the generosity of Washington and James Duke, Trinity College was renamed Duke University by the college's president, William Preston Few. At first, James Duke rejected the name change as he thought it would appear self-serving but eventually conceded to the wishes of William Few. The endowment established by the Duke family allowed the university to florish and grow rapidly. Reconstruction of the university's original campus, East Campus, with its Georgian-style architecture, was completed in 1927. Within the next three years, many new Collegiate Gothic-style buildings were also completed on the university's west campus (known as "West Campus"). The culmination of all construction efforts came with the completion of Duke Chapel in 1935.


Duke University has a total enrollment of roughly 15,000, with 6,500 undergraduate and 8,200 graduate students. While Duke University is based on Christian values and has ties to the Methodist Church, it is governed by an independent board of directors. Duke is a very pretigious school and admission to the university is competitive. For the 2015 undergraduate class, Duke received nearly 30,000 applications, of which only 13% of applicants were admitted. Based on its admissions data, Duke university is one of the top ten hardest schools to get into. However, only about half of the students that are accepted each year choose to attend the university. On average, over 90% of students admitted to Duke as freshman each year rank in the top 10% of their highschool graduating class. The median SAT scores for first-year students at Duke fall between 690 and 780 for math, 660 and 750 for verbal/critical reading, and 670 and 770 for writing. The average ACT score for entering freshman is between 31 and 34.

At the undergraduate level, Duke University has two academic colleges. These include the Trinity College or Arts and Sciences and Pratt School of Engineering.

Over the last ten years, Duke University has been ranked 6th in the nation among private universities and colleges for the number of Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater, and Truman scholarships its student's receive. Nearly half of all students at Duke receive financial aid of some sort, which comes in the form of university sponsored scholarships (both academic and athletic), scholarships from private organizations, federal student loans and Pell grants, and other forms of need-based aid. On average, financial aid in the form of need-based grants is roughly $36,000 per student grant. Duke offers about 60 merit-based student scholarhips, which include the Angier Duke Memorial Scholarhips, offered exclusively to students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement. The majority of other scholarships offered at Duke are intended for African-American students, students requiring financial assistance who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance and students who are residence of North Carolina. Duke is commited to meeting 100% of its students' demonstrated need and abides by a need-blind admissions policy.

Most recent figures indicate that Duke has a current endowment of about $5.7 billion. The university offers several unique academic facilities which greatly enhance the academic experience for its students including several state-of-the-art language labs, extensive art museums, the Duke Herbarium, the Duke Forest, a phytotron, a lemur center, a nuclear lab, a marine lab, a magnetic resonance machine, and a free electron laser.

Online Degree Programs at Duke

Currently Duke University does not offer an extensive selection of online degree programs. Most degree programs must be completed on campus in a traditional class room setting. The university does however offer select graduate level online programs for business and community leaders.

Graduate Schools and Programs

One of Duke's most prestigious and popular graduate schools is the School of Medicine. Each year the Duke School of Medicine receives roughly 6,000 applications and accepts only 4% of applicants (roughly 250 students). The average undergraduate GPA and MCAT scores for accepted students, according to the most recent data available, are 3.75 and 34, respectively. Duke's highly ranked School of Law is also very popular and admission is highly competitive. It currently accpets approximately 12% of annual applications to its program. The average GPA of enrolling students is 3.75 with a median LSAT score of 170.

Duke's graduate and professional schools of study include the School of Medicine, the School of Law, the Divinity School, the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Pratt School of Engineering, the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, the Fuqua School of Business, the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the School of Nursing.

Undergraduate Majors and Curriculum

In total Duke University offers over 98 undergraduate majors and programs. These include 4 distinct engineering majors, 36 arts and sciences majors, as well as 46 other undergraduate majors and accredited degree programs. In addition to traditional major tracks and four-year degree programs, Duke offers 16 certificate programs. Students are permitted to pursue any combination of majors, minors, and certificates they desire. Duke has two undergraduate academic schools: Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and Pratt School of Engineerning. About 80% of undergraduates enroll in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, while the remaining 20% enroll in the Pratt School of Engineering.

The Trinity College of Arts and Sciences offers a well-rounded undergraduate program of study designed to ensure students are introduced to various "areas of knowledge" and "modes of inquiry." Undergraduate curriculum helps students develop critical thinking, analytical and communication skills by teaching them how to discover, synthesize, analyze, and communicated information concisely and effectively. Undergraduate students are taught how to analyze current and past events, solve problems, conduct research, and develop a professional work ethic that will serve them the rest of their lives. Duke offers a unique FOCUS program for undergraduate freshman students. The FOCUS program allows students to focus their studies on specific academic topic within a small supervised group of likeminded students.

The curriculum at the Pratt School of Engineering is quite a bit narrower in scope than the curriculum offered in The Trinity College, but it still permits students to pursue a double major in a variety of disciplines, if they so choose. Pratt students acquire knowledge, learn and develop real-world skills, and receive hands-on experience via a well structured curriculum, various research-opportunities, internships and fellowship programs.

Many of Duke's undergraduate students study abroad during their sophomore or junior years of college. Nearly 50% of students from the Trinity College and 30% from Pratt participate in the study abroad program. While the percentage of Platt students participating in study a broad programs is small compared to the percentage for Trinity College, it is much larger than the national average of 3% for engineering students.

Program Rankings

Since its inception, Duke University has always ranked as a top university in just about every national rankings report. In 2012, Duke ranked 10th nationwide among doctoral granting higher education institutions, according to U.S. News & World Report. Over the last two decades Duke has consistently ranked among the top ten universities in U.S. News & World Report's rankings of top U.S. colleges and universities. On an international scale, Duke also ranks extremely well. In the 2011 QS World University Rankings, Duked ranked 19th in the world. It ranks 22nd in the world on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings list of top international colleges. Newsweek ranked Duke the fourteen-best university in the world. The Wall Street Journal ranked Duke sixth in its "feeder" rankings. And it was ranked the 35th best school in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Duke University has also received the following rankings:
  • 2010 Report by the Center for Measuring University Performance - 6th in the nation
  • 2011 Emerging/Trendence Global Employability Rankings (New York Times) - 13th in the world
  • University with Most Merit Scholars - 6th in the nation
  • Most Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Udall and Goldwater Scholars - 5th in the nation
  • University with Highest Return on Investment (ROI) - 9th nationally
  • "Top Dream Colleges" for 2011 by Princetone Review - 6th in the nation
  • 50 Best Values in Private Universities by Kiplinger - 5th best overall
  • 11th among universities that have produced the most billionaires (and #1 in the South)
  • #1 University in the nation for integration of African American students and faculty according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
  • Graduates with Highest Median Earnings - 6th in the nation
  • Ranked 2nd in the nation by the Wall Street Journal for best marketing and liberal arts graduates
Rankings for Duke University academic schools and colleges include the following:
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke's medical school 9th in the nation for research
  • Duke's hospital was ranked 10th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report Health Rankings of Best Hospitals in America
  • Duke's School of Law was ranked 11th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Duke's School of Law was ranked 8th in the nation according to a national survey of recruiters
  • U.S. News & World Report 2013 rankings placed Duke's nursing school 7th on the list of top nursing schools in the nation and Sanford School of Public Policy 16th for national public affairs programs
  • Fuqua School of Business was ranked 3rd in the nation for its Executive M.B.A. program, 3rd for marketing and 8th for management. Its overall MBA ranking according to U.S. News & World Report 2012 is 12th in the nation
  • Businessweek ranked Duke's full-time MBA program 6th in the nation in 2010
  • Pratt School of Engineering was ranked 28th in the nation by U.S. News & World report, while its biomedical engineeing program ranked 3rd in the nation
  • Duke's mathematics department ranked 10th in the world according to Time Higher Education
  • The physics, political science, sociology, clinical psychology, public affairs, physician assitant, English, business, law, engineering, nursing and biological sciences schools/programs all rank in the top ten in the nation.


Duke University is composed of 220 buildings spread across nearly 9,000 acres, which includes the expansive Duke Forest (7,200 acres). The entire college campus at Duke is divided into West, East, and Central campuses and the Medical Center. Students are able to travel just about anywhere on campus via a free bus service that connects the four main campus areas. Many people visiting Duke campus come to see Sarah P. Duke Gardens, which is located on a 55-acre expanse. Another popular attraction is the Duke marine lab located on 15 acres on the Atlantic coast in Beaufort, a small North Carolinian town of just 4,189 people.

Students, professors, faculty and visitors sometimes refer to Duke campus as "the Gothic Wonderland", since many of its prominent buildings incorporate Collegiate Gothic architecture. Gothic architecture is especially prominent in the buildings located on West Campus. A fair amount of the Duke campus was designed by Julian Abele, the chief designer in the offices of Horace Trumbauer and one of the first prominent African-American architects in the United States. In addition to Collegiate Gothic architecture, many campus buildings also exhibit architectural influences of traditional French and Italian styles. While West Campus is known for its "Gothic" buildings, East Campus, the "freshman campus", is known for its Georgian architecture.

One of the most prominent architectural features on campus is Duke Chapel, which is prominently situated at the center of West Campus on a hill overlooking its surroundings. The Chapel, built in 1935, holds up to 1,600 people, and at over 200 feet in height is one of the tallest man-made structures in Durham County.

During the past ten years, starting in early 2002, Duke campus has seen the addition and completion of several new buildings and structures including the divinity, law, business and nursing schools, an art museum, another library, two residential halls, an athletic training facility, an eye institute, a student plaza, an engineering facility, a public policy complex, several genetic research centers, two medical-research facilities and the French Family Science Center.

Libraries and Museums

Duke University Library Systems ranks with the best academic library systems in the world including those at Harvard and Yale. With more than 6 million volumes, 17.7 million manuscripts, 1.2 million public documents, and many thousands of videos and films the Duke Library System is one of the largest private research university library systems in the United States.

The Duke University Library System is composed of several smaller library systems including the Perkins Library system (Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Manuscript, Rare Book, and Special Collections Library and University Archives), the Music Library, Lilly Library (home to fine arts, film and video, performing arts and philosophy materials), and the Pearse Memorial Library (located at the Duke Marine Laboratory). The university's library system also includes smaller library systems associated with each of Duke's academic colleges including the Divinity School, Goodson Law, Ford, and Medical Center.

Nasher Museum of Art, the main art museum at Duke is located on the Central Campus and is home to all of the university's art collections. The museum was named after renowned art collector and Duke alumnus Raymond Nasher. The museum is home to over 13,000 works of art including works by Andy Warhol, Marlene Dumas, Olafur Eliasson, David Hammons, William Cordova, Hank Willis Thomas, Barkley L. Hendricks, Christian Marclay, Kerry James Marshall, Lynette Yiadom Boakye, D Alma Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Ai Weiwei, Bob Thompson, Kara Walker and Fred Wilson.

West, East and Central Campuses

Duke is divided into four main areas or quadrants: West, East, and Central campuses and the Duke Medical Center. Of the three campuses, West Campus, which is home to sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as most of the academic and administrive buildings, is considered the university's main campus. West Campus spans over 700 acres and includes Science Drive, where all engineering and science buildings are located. West Campus is also home to most of the university's cafeterias, restaurants, eateries and sports facilities (including Cameron Indoor Stadium - the historic basketball stadium).

East Campus was where Duke University all started, after it moved to Durham County. East Campus is known as the freshman campus since it's where all of Duke's 2000 or more freshman are reside. In an effort to build class unity, all freshman have lived on East Campus since 1995. While not as expansive as West Campus, East Campus covers nearly 100 acreas and is home to several of Duke's academic departments. East Campus is home to the Music, Literature, History, Art History, Women's Studies and Philosophy Departments. East Campus also has its own post office, coffee shop, a large dining hall, a library, theater, gym, tennis courts and several residence halls. East Campus is only a short walk from the city center.

Slightly larger then East Campus, Central Campus covers 122 acres and is centrally located between East and West Campuses. Central Campus is home to 850 juniors and seniors and over 200 professional students. Housing facilities on Central Campus include several large apartment complexes. Central Campus is also home to Nasher Museum, a Ronald McDonald House, the Duke Office of Disability Management, the Duke Police Department, the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, as well as several of the university's administrative deparments. Central Campus offers students a large variety of recreational facilities including sand volleyvall courts, tennis courts, baskball courts, barbecue grills and outdoor facilities for gatherings and parties. It is also home to the Mill Village, the Devil's Den (a large facility for student gatherings) and a convenience store.

Central Campus is going to be the home to the new "academic village" development which is currently in the planning stage. The academic village will eventually provide housing, lodging, dining, recreation and academic support facilities for students and some faculty. This new facility is intended to serve as a laboratory for sustainability for the university.

Life At Duke

Unlike the majority of U.S. universities which are composed of rather incohesive groups of students that meet regularly to pursue common academic interests, Duke University fosters a truly unique comradery between students, faculty and the community.

Residential Life

Duke University requires that for the first three years of college all undergraduate students live on campus. While they're aren't many universities that have a similar policy, it appears to work for Duke. The university justifies this practice as it helps students to build stronger relationships with one another, work closer with faculty and ties them more tightly into the Duke community. Over 85% of Duke undergraduates live on campus.

Freshmen at Duke are housed on the East Campus in one of 14 residence halls. Residence halls house anywhere from 50 to 190 students. The oldest residence Hall, Epworth, which was build in 1892 is the smallest of all the residences and houses only 50 students. The largest, Gilbert-Addoms, houses over 150 freshman. While the architecture of each building differs, most were constructed after the Georgian style common across all buildings located on East Campus.

Students are assigned where they'll stay based on a number of factors, including similar academic and social interests. Freshman participating in FOCUS, an academic program that focuses around a central academic theme or area of interest, are typically assigned to live in the same residence hall as other students in their program.

While freshman all live on East Campus, most sophomores live on West Campus, although they can also choose to live on Central Campus. Juniors and seniors that live on campus are given the choice of living on West Campus or Central Campus, whichever they prefer. However, most seniors choose not to live on campus at all. Like East Campus, student living in West Campus and Central Campus are organized by learning communities and academic interests, but with the context of a larger community. There are 15 fraternities on West Campus.

Greek and social life

At Duke, about a third of all male undergraduates and nearly half of undergraduate women belong to a fraternity or sorority. Fraternity and sorority members typically live in group sections within the residence halls located on East Campus. There are several National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities (historically African American) that function as part of the larger multicultural Inter-Greek Council of fraternities. Duke also sponsors 11 on campus Selective Living Groups (SLGs) for students that want to select their own living arrangements. Unlike fraternities or sororities, SLGs are generally co-educational and are not affiliate with any organization or national interest group. Fraternities and sororities hold frequent social events and activities which are typically open to non-members or members from other fraternities.

In an attempt to curb alcohol consumption and promote a safer on-campus environment, in the late 1990s Duke established a keg policy that requires all student groups, including fraternities and sororities, to purchase kegs of beer through the university's dining services. To avoid Duke's "keg policy" many student parties were simply moved off campus. This in turn caused it own set of challenges and problems. Off-campus parties were often held in rental homes located in the middle of family neighborhoods. This evoked public outcry from the community due to the noise and danger that accompanied such parties. In recent years, the administration at Duke has worked with students and numerous student groups, to keep student parties and activities on campus.

Much of the social life at Duke revolves around athletics, especially men's basketball. Duke students are known as some of the most original and enthusiastic sports fans in all of collegiate athletics. Since tickets to athletic events at Duke are free to students, they often start standing in line long before each game starts, sometimes getting in line the night before. Some of Duke's most eager students, often referred to as "Cameron Crazies", will stand in line hours (if not days) before a sporting event, and will even set up tents on the sidewalk and camp out. The practice of setting up tents and camping out in line is known on campus as "tenting". Since tenting has become so popular, Duke has instigated a policy that no more than 100 tenants (each tent holding up to 12 students) can be set up on campus at one time. Most tents are set up on the grass in Krzyzewskiville (a.k.a. K-ville) near Cameron Indoor Stadium days before home games against top rivals. When night comes, it is not uncommon for K-ville to turn into "Party-ville" as the students let loose and enjoy themselves in anticipation of the upcoming sporting event.

Student Organizations

Duke University has over 400 student organizations and clubs. These include special interest clubs, student government organizations, and community and student service groups. One of the most popular student government organizations, Duke Student Government (DSG), is in charge of chartering and raising funds for other student organizations and represents students' interests when they need to address and deal with administration. The university's main programming organization, Duke University Union (DUU), serves as the center of student intellectual, social, recreational and cultural life. Cultural organizations are funded by Duke university directly and by other institutional sources. Some of the most popular student organizations revolve around sports. There are 38 students sports clubs, and 8 intramural athletic teams at Duke University. Other prominent student organizations include Hoof 'n' Horn, one of the oldest student-run musical theater organizations in the country, musical instrument clubs, student bands, cappella groups, drama and theater groups and many more. In 2012, the mock trial team at Duke won the national championship. Another noteworthy organization, the Duke Student Dining Advisory Committee, deals with administration issues relating to students' on-campus restaurant and dining choices.

There are also a variety of cultural and gender groups located on Duke's campus. A few of these include Blue Devils United (a GBLT group), Black Student Alliance, Asian Students Association, South Asian Association (Diya), Latino Student Association (Mi Gente), International Association, Jewish Life at Duke, Native American Student Coalition, Students of the Caribbean, Newman Catholic Student Center, and Languages Dorm.

General Information

Admission Office
2138 Campus Drive
Box 90586
Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-3214
Fax: (919) 681-8941
Contact: Christoph Guttentag
Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address
2138 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-8111
Total undergrads: 6,496
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,699
Degree-seeking undergrads: 6,352
Graduate enrollment: 8,284

Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 - 249,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $35,512 $37,295 $38,741 $40,243 +3.88%
Books and Supplies $1,050 $1,105 $1,230 $1,290 +4.88%
Living Arrangement - On Campus
Room and Board $9,609 $10,739 $11,154 $11,622 +4.20%
Other $1,804 $1,835 $1,910 $1,995 +4.45%
Living Arrangement - Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $47,975 $50,974 $53,035 $55,150 +3.99%
In-state Off Campus $36,562 $38,400 $39,971 $41,533 +3.91%
In-state with Family $36,562 $38,400 $39,971 $41,533 +3.91%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $39,260
In-state Student Fees $681
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $39,260
Out-of-state Fees $681

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,008 59%
Grant or scholarship aid 861 51% $24,499,569 $28,455
• Federal grants 248 15% $2,325,419 $9,377
• Pell grants 149 9% $520,924 $3,496
• Other federal grants 248 15% $1,804,495 $7,276
State/local government grant or scholarships 234 14% $543,635 $2,323
Institutional grants or scholarships 728 43% $21,630,515 $29,712
Student loan aid 518 30% $2,689,497 $5,192
• Federal student loans 423 25% $1,545,470 $3,654
• Other student loans 140 8% $1,144,027 $8,172

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1892 1601 832 - 124
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 70 - - - -
African-american/black Studies 5 - - - -
Area Studies, Other 57 - - - -
Women's Studies 8 - - - -
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 168 39 61 - 9
Biochemistry - - 6 - -
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 159 1 9 - 1
Biometry/biometrics - 32 - - -
Cell/cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other - - 9 - -
Cell/cellular Biology and Histology - 1 5 - -
Genetics - - 3 - -
Microbiology - 1 1 - -
Molecular Genetics - 1 17 - -
Neuroscience 9 2 3 - -
Pathology/experimental Pathology - - 2 - 8
Pharmacology - - 2 - -
Zoology/animal Biology - 1 4 - -
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. - 779 5 - 1
Business Administration and Management - 779 5 - 1
Computing and Information Sciences 30 11 5 - -
Computer and Information Sciences 30 11 5 - -
Engineering 257 213 35 - 1
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 121 40 17 - -
Civil Engineering 26 9 2 - -
Computer Engineering, Other - - - - 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 53 44 13 - -
Engineering - 118 - - -
Engineering, Other 1 - - - -
Mechanical Engineering 56 2 3 - -
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 91 4 22 - -
English Language and Literature 84 4 15 - -
English Language and Literature/letters, Other 7 - 7 - -
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 78 12 7 - -
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11 1 1 - -
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 10 6 - - -
Foreign Languages and Literatures - 3 5 - -
French Language and Literature 13 - - - -
German Language and Literature 4 2 1 - -
Linguistics 6 - - - -
Romanian Language and Literature 2 - - - -
Russian Language and Literature 4 - - - -
Spanish Language and Literature 28 - - - -
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 68 108 172 - 98
Medicine - - 104 - -
Nurse Anesthetist - 23 - - -
Nursing Practice - - 15 - -
Nursing Science 68 73 - - 23
Ophthalmic Technician/technologist - - - - 10
Physical Therapy/therapist - - 50 - -
Physician Assistant - 1 - - 65
Radiation Protection/health Physics Technician - 11 3 - -
History 110 4 3 - -
History 110 4 3 - -
Human Services 132 61 - - -
Public Policy Analysis 132 61 - - -
Legal and Law Studies - - 321 - -
Law - - 321 - -
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities - 42 - - -
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies - 42 - - -
Mathematics and Statistics 56 7 7 - -
Mathematics 50 3 2 - -
Statistics 6 4 5 - -
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 19 - - - -
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 5 - - - -
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 14 - - - -
Natural Resources and Conservation 21 179 13 - -
Forestry - 95 - - -
Natural Resources Management and Policy - 10 - - -
Natural Resources/conservation 21 74 13 - -
Physical Sciences 81 5 18 - -
Chemistry 57 1 10 - -
Geology and Earth Science 16 - - - -
Physics 8 4 8 - -
Psychology 176 4 13 - -
Psychology 176 4 13 - -
Social Sciences 480 89 26 - 15
Anthropology 69 3 6 - -
Economics 202 31 6 - -
International Relations and Affairs - 40 - - 15
Political Science and Government 162 7 10 - -
Sociology 47 8 4 - -
Theology and Religious Vocations - 37 117 - -
Divinity/ministry - - 117 - -
Theology/theological Studies - 37 - - -
Visual and Performing Arts 55 7 7 - -
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 22 2 1 - -
Dance 1 - - - -
Design and Visual Communications 13 - - - -
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 11 - - - -
Music 8 5 6 - -
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $75
Online application fee: $75
Enrollment Rates
Avg. percent applicants admitted: 22%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 97%
Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required
TOEFL: Recommended

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 25,462
Percent Admitted: 16%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 42%
Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading
  • 660 (25th Percentile)
  • 750 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 690 (25th Percentile)
  • 780 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 670 (25th Percentile)
  • 770 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 30 (25th Percentile)
  • 34 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 30 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 29 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)
ACT Writing
  • 8 (25th Percentile)
  • 10 (75th Percentile)

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Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music - General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Anatomy B
Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information Sciences - General B

Biomedical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature - General B
English Literature (British) B

Foreign Language & Literature
Classics B
East Asian B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Italian B
Latin B
Russian B
Slavic B
Spanish B

History - General B

Mathematics - General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Natural Resources & Conservation - General B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology - General B

Public Administration & Services
Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma


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