Duke University.

Duke University

Durham, NC4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Duke University

Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment and the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke. Duke's campus spans over 8,600 acres (3,500 hectares) on three contiguous sub-campuses in Durham as well as a marine lab in Beaufort. The West Campus—designed largely by architect Julian Abele—incorporates Gothic architecture with the 210-foot (64-meter) Duke Chapel at the campus' center and highest point of elevation, is adjacent to the Medical Center. East Campus, 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) away, home to all first-years, contains Georgian-style architecture. The university administers two concurrent schools in Asia, Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore (established in 2005) and Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China (established in 2013).Several faculty members, affiliates and alumni have been awarded the Nobel Prize in recent years. Notable awardees since 2012 include Robert Lefkowitz, Brian Kobilka, Gregg L. Semenza, Paul Modrich, William Kaelin, and George Smith. In 2019, Clarivate Analytics named 54 members of Duke's faculty to its list of "Highly Cited Researchers". That number places Duke 8th among the world's universities. As of 2019, 15 Nobel laureates and 3 Turing Award winners have been affiliated with the university. Duke alumni also include 50 Rhodes Scholars and 25 Churchill Scholars. The university has produced the third highest number of Churchill Scholars of any university (behind Princeton and Harvard) and the fifth-highest number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall Scholars of any American university between 1986 and 2015. Duke is the alma mater of one president of the United States (Richard Nixon) and 14 living billionaires.Duke is the second-largest private employer in North Carolina, with more than 39,000 employees. The university has been ranked as an excellent employer by several publications.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 6,552 students
  • 2.85 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Duke University

Natural Resource Management
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Natural Resource Management, Visual and Performing Arts, Biology, Molecular Biology, Ecology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, and International Business.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

3,261 students out of 33,077 applicants were accepted into Duke University. They had an average SAT score of 1488. 31% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 70% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Duke University was $53,500. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $71,764.

Financial aid available at Duke University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

53% of undergraduate students at Duke University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Duke University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Duke University was of $14,798 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,260.

Diversity at Duke University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017