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?
- 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.
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.
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|#50||Best Graduate Certificate Schools||Tweet It - Post It|
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Duke.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Duke has earned from around the web.
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|#2||Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service||College Factual|
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|#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?
Contact details for Duke are given below.
|Address:||103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708|
How Do I Get Into Duke?
You can apply to Duke online at: admissions.duke.edu/application/instructions
Admission Requirements for Duke
|High School GPA||recommended|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Duke?
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.
Can I Afford Duke University?
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
There are also 10,037 graduate students at the school.
Of the 6,597 full-time undergraduates at Duke, 50% are male and 50% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Duke University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||578|
|Hispanic or Latino||637|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Duke has changed over the last few years.
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|
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.
*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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