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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?

6,669 Full-Time Undergraduates
$23,442 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.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at Duke.
  • 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

College Factual ranked Duke as #2 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! It is also ranked #1 out of 56 schools in North Carolina.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Duke has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Duke

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges 2
Best Colleges for International Students 14
Best Colleges for Diversity 16
Best Colleges for the Money 576
Best Colleges for Veterans 935

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?

$23,442 Net Price
25% Take Out Loans
0.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Duke is $23,442. 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

6,669 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,696 undergraduate students at Duke, with 6,669 being full-time and 27 being part-time.

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

There are also 9,434 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,669 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 1,388
Black or African American 659
Hispanic or Latino 610
White 2,911
International Students 703
Other Races/Ethnicities 398

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Duke University awarded 4,606 undergraduate degrees and 8,280 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Allied Health Professions 0 0 88 0
Anthropology 0 24 6 9
Area Studies 0 16 17 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 6 1 14
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 19 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 2 29 5
Biomedical Engineering 0 99 61 27
Business Administration & Management 0 0 960 13
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 34 29 4
Chemistry 0 36 5 21
Civil Engineering 0 25 19 7
Classical Languages & Literature 0 2 3 2
Computer Engineering 0 119 19 0
Computer Information Systems 0 3 0 0
Computer Science 0 282 46 13
Dance 0 1 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 4 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 8
Economics 0 218 80 11
Electrical Engineering 0 0 94 28
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 149 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 2 6
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 2 0
Environmental Engineering 0 6 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 9 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 13 9 4
Forestry 0 0 5 0
General Biology 0 164 42 8
General English Literature 0 30 6 15
General Psychology 0 142 13 11
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 6 0 0
Genetics 0 0 1 25
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 6 1 5
Germanic Languages 0 5 2 2
History 0 56 2 7
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0
International Business 0 0 49 0
International Education 0 45 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 0 44 0
Law 0 0 0 224
Legal Research 0 0 89 18
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 21 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 35 0 0
Literature 0 15 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 379 0
Mathematics 0 50 1 17
Mechanical Engineering 0 70 41 12
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 35 0
Medicine 0 0 0 119
Medieval Studies 0 6 0 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 1 2
Music 0 3 6 2
Natural Resource Management 0 0 17 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 44 155 10
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 92 0 11
Nursing 0 146 207 87
Other Psychology 0 1 0 0
Other Visual Art 0 22 0 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 10
Philosophy 0 20 0 8
Physics 0 12 38 11
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 8 5
Political Science & Government 0 106 21 13
Public Health 0 45 41 0
Public Policy 0 176 88 8
Public Relations & Advertising 0 1 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 8 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 76
Religious Studies 0 7 24 9
Romance Languages 0 22 4 7
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 6 0 0
Sociology 0 31 3 9
Statistics 0 39 39 10
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 14 0
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 179 5
Total 0 4,606 6,444 1,836

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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