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Duke University Overview

Duke University is a private not-for-profit institution situated 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?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$48,634 Avg Cost After Aid
6% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Duke since the student to facuty ratio is 6 to 1.
  • Students at Duke have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 0%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Duke is the doctor's degree.
  • In <nil>, 91% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Duke bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $97,418 a year. That's about 139% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average Duke student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

Where Is Duke University?


Contact details for Duke are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-684-8111

How Do I Get Into Duke?

You can apply to Duke online at:

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?

6% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
47% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 6%, Duke is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 6%, and the acceptance rate for women is 6%.

Average Test Scores

About 47% 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 725 and 765. Math scores were between 743 and 793.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Duke University  ( 725 to 765 )

SAT Math Scores for Duke University  ( 743 to 793 )
Duke received ACT scores from 46% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 34 and 36. Math scores were between 32 and 35. Composite scores were between 33 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Duke University  ( 34 to 36 )
ACT Math Scores for Duke University  ( 32 to 35 )
ACT Composite Scores for Duke University  ( 33 to 35 )

Can I Afford Duke University?

$48,634 Net Price
20% Take Out Loans
0.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Duke is $48,634. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Duke, approximately 20% of students took out student loans averaging $7,590 a year. That adds up to $30,360 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Duke is 0.1%. 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

6,838 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,883 undergraduate students at Duke, with 6,838 being full-time and 45 being part-time.


There are also 10,737 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,838 full-time undergraduates at Duke, 48% are male and 52% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,459
Black or African American 552
Hispanic or Latino 719
White 2,729
International Students 589
Other Races/Ethnicities 790

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

904 Took All Classes Online
4,199 Took At Least One Class Online
71.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 4,199 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.


Online Growth Rankings of Duke

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Duke University was 71.4%. This is the #523 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Duke regardless of major.

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%.


*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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