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Duke University Overview

Duke University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Durham, North Carolina. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Duke University Known For?

2,303 Undergraduate Awards
$51,473 Avg Cost After Aid
10% Acceptance Rate
  • Duke has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 7 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Duke is 1%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at Duke is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 93% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Duke with a bachelor's degree make about $84,400 a year. That's 107% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Duke to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Duke University Rankings

We have ranked Duke as #12 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! It is also ranked #1 out of 64 schools in North Carolina.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Duke has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#239 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Duke.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Social Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Duke has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#2 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual

Where Is Duke University?

Location of Duke University

Contact details for Duke are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-684-8111
Website: WWW.DUKE.EDU
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DukeUniv
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DukeU

How Do I Get Into Duke?

You can apply to Duke online at: admissions.duke.edu/application/instructions

Admission Requirements for Duke

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Duke?

10% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
31% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Duke, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 10%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 10%, and the acceptance rate for women is 10%.

Average Test Scores

About 31% of students accepted to Duke submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 670 and 750. Math scores were between 710 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Duke University  ( 670 to 750 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Duke University  ( 710 to 790 )
200
800
Duke received ACT scores from 70% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 32 and 35. Math scores were between 30 and 35. Composite scores were between 31 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Duke University  ( 32 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Duke University  ( 30 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Duke University  ( 31 to 35 )
1
36

Can I Afford Duke University?

$51,473 Net Price
25% Take Out Loans
0.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Duke is $51,473. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Duke, approximately 25% of students took out student loans averaging $7,502 a year. That adds up to $30,008 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Duke is 0.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Duke University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,597 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,649 undergraduate students at Duke, with 6,597 being full-time and 52 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Duke

There are also 10,037 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,597 full-time undergraduates at Duke, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Duke

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Duke University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Duke Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,375
Black or African American 578
Hispanic or Latino 637
White 2,718
International Students 656
Other Races/Ethnicities 633

Geographic Diversity

North Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Duke University. At this time, 49 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 126 countries are represented at Duke. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Duke University

790 Took All Classes Online
1,010 Took At Least One Class Online
22.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,010 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Duke has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 48th most popular in North Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Duke

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Duke University was 22.4%. This is the #831 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Duke regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Duke majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Natural Resources & Conservation 14%
Natural Resources Conservation 13%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Duke ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Duke.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Nursing #151
Health Professions #256

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Duke University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 0 960 13 973
Nursing 146 79 207 87 519
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 379 0 379
Computer Science 282 0 46 13 341
Economics 218 0 80 11 309
Public Policy 176 0 88 8 272
Law 0 0 0 224 224
General Biology 164 0 42 8 214
Natural Resources Conservation 44 0 155 10 209
Biomedical Engineering 99 0 61 27 187
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 179 5 184
General Psychology 142 0 13 11 166
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 149 0 149
Political Science & Government 106 0 21 13 140
Computer Engineering 119 0 19 0 138
Mechanical Engineering 70 0 41 12 123
Electrical Engineering 0 0 94 28 122
Medicine 0 0 0 119 119
Legal Research 0 0 89 18 107
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 92 0 0 11 103
Allied Health Professions 0 0 88 0 88
Statistics 39 0 39 10 88
Public Health 45 0 41 0 86
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 76 76
Mathematics 50 0 1 17 68
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 34 0 29 4 67
History 56 0 2 7 65
Chemistry 36 0 5 21 62
Physics 12 0 38 11 61
Civil Engineering 25 0 19 7 51
General English Literature 30 0 6 15 51
International Business 0 0 49 0 49
International Education 45 0 0 0 45
International Relations & National Security 0 0 44 0 44
Sociology 31 0 3 9 43
Religious Studies 7 0 24 9 40
Anthropology 24 0 6 9 39
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 2 0 29 5 36
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 35 0 0 0 35
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 35 0 35
Area Studies 16 0 17 0 33
Romance Languages 22 0 4 7 33
Philosophy 20 0 0 8 28
Genetics 0 0 1 25 26
Fine & Studio Arts 13 0 9 4 26
Other Visual Art 22 0 0 0 22
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 6 0 1 14 21
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 21 0 21
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 19 0 19
Natural Resource Management 0 0 17 0 17
Literature 15 0 0 0 15
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 14 0 14
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 8 5 13
Geological & Earth Sciences 6 0 1 5 12
Music 3 0 6 2 11
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 10 10
Ethnic Studies 9 0 0 0 9
Germanic Languages 5 0 2 2 9
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 8 8
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 2 6 8
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 8 0 8
Classical Languages & Literature 2 0 3 2 7
Environmental Engineering 6 0 0 0 6
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 6 0 0 0 6
Medieval Studies 6 0 0 0 6
General Visual & Performing Arts 6 0 0 0 6
Forestry 0 0 5 0 5
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 0 5 0 0 5
Drama & Theater Arts 4 0 0 0 4
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 1 2 3
Computer Information Systems 3 0 0 0 3
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 2 0 2
Public Relations & Advertising 1 0 0 0 1
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 0 1 0 0 1
Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Other Psychology 1 0 0 0 1
Dance 1 0 0 0 1
Journalism 0 0 0 0 0
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
English Literature (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Education 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,303 85 3,222 918 6,528

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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