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Duke University Seal

Duke University is considered by many to be one of the top universities in the country. Duke has a reputation for excellence and prides itself on offering some of the best undergraduate and graduate-level academic programs in the 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 12 academic schools, which include the Fuqua School of Business, the Pratt School of Engineering and the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences – the University’s 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 majors are acceptable, Duke provides students the option of designing 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 programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans.

In addition to world-class academic programs, 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 can 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, North Carolina). 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 Institute 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 school’s primary financial supporters. In the early 1890s, Trinity College was relocated to Durham, North Carolina. Much of the school’s early endowments 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 endowment and to support construction costs. However, the donations came with one stipulation, that the college open its doors to women.

Chapel on Duke Campus

Following in his father’s footsteps, James 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 presiding president, William Preston Few. At first, James Duke rejected the name change, as he thought it would appear self-serving, but eventually he conceded to the wishes of William Few. The endowment established by the Duke family allowed the university to flourish 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 (now 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 prestigious 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 freshmen each year rank in the top 10% of their high school 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 freshmen is between 31 and 34.

At the undergraduate level, Duke University has four academic colleges: Trinity College of Arts and Sciences; Nicholas School of the Environment; Sanford School of Public Policy; 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 students have received. 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 around 60 merit-based student scholarships, which include the Angier Duke Memorial Scholarship, offered exclusively to students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement. The majority of other scholarships offered at Duke are intended for students requiring financial assistance who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance, African-American students, and students who are residents of North Carolina. Duke is committed to meeting 100% of its students’ demonstrated need and abides by a need-blind admissions policy.

Duke's Levine Science Research Center

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 classroom 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 accepts approximately 12% of annual applicants 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 (Singapore), the Fuqua School of Business, the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the School of Nursing.

Undergraduate Majors and Curriculum

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 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.

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, and analyze, 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 topics within a small, supervised group of likeminded students.

The curriculum at the Pratt School of Engineering is 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 Engineering participate in the study abroad program. While the percentage of Pratt Engineering students participating in study abroad programs is small compared to the percentage for Trinity College, it is still 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 ranking 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 fourteenth 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 Princeton 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 engineering program ranked 3rd in the nation
  • Duke’s mathematics department ranked 10th in the world according to Times Higher Education


Duke University is composed of 220 buildings spread across nearly 9,000 acres that 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’s 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.

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

Perkin's Library on Duke Campus

Duke University Library Systems are included 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: 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, 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 administrative 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).

Duke West Campus

East Campus is where Duke University first began after it moved to Durham County. East Campus is known as the freshman campus since it’s where all of Duke’s 2,000 or more freshmen reside. In an effort to build class unity, all freshmen have lived on East Campus since 1995. While not as expansive as West Campus, East Campus covers nearly 100 acres 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 is Central Campus which 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 departments. Central Campus offers students a large variety of recreational facilities including sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, barbecue grills, and outdoor facilities for gatherings and parties. It is also home to Mill Village, the Devil’s Den (a large facility for student gatherings), and a convenience store.

Central Campus is going to be 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 at the university.

Life at Duke

Unlike the majority of U.S. universities, which are composed of rather detached groups of students that meet regularly to pursue common academic interests, Duke University strives to foster a truly unique camaraderie 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 there 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 integrate them more fully 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 built in 1892, is the smallest of all the residences and houses only 50 students. The largest, Gilbert-Addoms, houses over 150 freshmen. 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 that include similar academic and social interests. Freshmen 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 freshmen 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, students living on West Campus and Central Campus are organized by learning communities and academic interests within the context of a larger community.

Greek and Social Life

There are 15 fraternities on West Campus. 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 coeducational and are not affiliated 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 its 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 for hours, and sometimes days, before a sporting event. Many times they will even set up tents on the sidewalk to 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 tents (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 student 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; acappella groups; drama and theater groups; and much 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 many varieties 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/Theater 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

Percent applicants admitted: 22%

Percent 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)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

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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Duke University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (919) 684-8111
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: admissions.duke.edu/application/instructions
Address: 103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 16,686
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 95%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 15,689 (94% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $58,031
Out-of-state Tuition: $58,031
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 63%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $50,719

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Duke University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Duke University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 31
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 51615
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 141
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 211
Education 11
Engineering 664
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 12
English Language and Literature/Letters 322
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 11286
Health Professions and Related Programs 123148
History 211
Legal Professions and Studies 111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 332
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 21
Natural Resources and Conservation 141
Philosophy and Religious Studies 332
Physical Sciences 454
Psychology 211
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 211
Social Sciences 1575
Theology and Religious Vocations 131
Visual and Performing Arts 642
Grand total 17689258

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Duke University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $58,031
Out-of-state $58,031
Books and supplies $1,434

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $56,888
Out-of-state $56,888

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,091 63%
Grant or scholarship aid 854 49% $50,719
Student loan aid 391 22% $6,544

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,887 58% $49,026
Federal student loans 1,928 29% $5,408

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Duke University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Duke University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 41,497 20,183 21,314
Percent admitted 100% 8% 7%
Percent admitted who enrolled 4% 4% 4%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Duke University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 16,686
Undergraduate enrollment 6,649
Graduate enrollment 10,037

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Duke University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
    • Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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