Durham Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Durham Colleges and Schools

With plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, award-winning performing arts venues, historic sites, and exquisite dining and nightlife, Durham, North Carolina offers something for everyone.

Top industries in the area include life sciences, higher education, financial services, transportation products, automated products, and information technology, among others. Meanwhile, a lower than average cost of living and business environment continues to lure in both large and small employers.

Colleges and Schools in Durham, North Carolina

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 11 institutions of higher education reside in the Durham area. Included on that list are large, prestigious schools like Duke University, all the way down to community colleges and barber schools. The total enrollment of all Durham institutions was approximately 30,692 students in 2014.

Durham Colleges and Schools

Apex School of Theology

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $5,000
  • Graduation rate (2008): 91%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 1 associate, 1 bachelor's, 3 master's, 1 doctoral degree

With a focus on spiritual education, Apex School of Theology prepares tomorrow's spiritual leaders for careers in religious fields. Enrollment was 770 in 2014, and all degrees offered were religion and theology-based.

Duke University

  • Tuition (2014-15): $47,243
  • Graduation rate (2008): 95%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 49 majors, 51 minors, 19 interdisciplinary certificates

Duke University is a world-renowned research institution that offers bachelor's degrees, graduate degrees, and doctoral degrees. Enrollment included 15,856 students in 2014, and the school is known for its diverse offering of majors in the arts, science, and engineering fields.

Durham Technical Community College

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $2,039
  • Graduation rate (2011): 11%, but 21% transferred out that year
  • Accredited: Y
  • #of programs: More than 47 associate degrees, certificates, and diplomas

Durham Technical Community College is a two-year school with a student population of approximately 5,035. Popular degrees offered include those in nursing, technology, criminal justice, and business administration.

North Carolina Central University

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $5,526
  • Graduation rate (2008): 47%, but 19% also transferred out that year
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 95 undergraduate majors and minors, 37 graduate degrees

North Carolina Central University is a four-year school that offers a wide range of degrees across some of the most popular career fields. Enrollment included 7,687 students in 2014, and students enjoyed a student-to-faculty ratio of just 15:1.

Watts School of Nursing

  • In-state tuition (2014-15): $13,750
  • Graduation rate: not reported
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: one registered nursing option

As part of the Duke University system, Watts School of nursing is preparing the nurses of the future in North Carolina and beyond. Enrollment included 138 students in 2014, and the student-to-faculty ratio was just 10:1.

The Art Institute of Raleigh - Durham

  • Tuition (2014-15): $17,128
  • Graduation rate (2008): 18%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 15 majors

The Art Institute of Raleigh - Durham offered associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, and certificates in six different career fields in 2014. Total student enrollment that year was 610.

Facts for Students of Durham Colleges and Schools


With a wide range of key industries, Durham's economy continues to grow. A low median housing value of just $180,300 in Durham adds to the city's allure, as does its high level of educational attainment. Through 2013, 46.8 percent of Durham's population had a Bachelor's degree or better.


According to U.S. Census estimates, Durham boasted a population of 251,893 in 2013. Only 14.6 percent of Durham residents were foreign-born through 2013, yet 20.2 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Approximately 20 percent of Durham residents lived at or below the poverty level in 2013, which was slightly higher than the national average of 17.5 percent that year.

Fun Facts

North Carolina Central University, which is located in Durham, was the nation's first public-supported historically black institution of higher education in the United States. Meanwhile, College Choice just named NCCU the 9th best of all historically black colleges and universities in the U.S.


  1. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  2. Durham Accolades, Durham, N.C., http://www.durham-nc.com/media/accolades/
  3. Durham, North Carolina, Official Website, http://durhamnc.gov/
  4. Economic Profile, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, http://durhamchamber.org/economic-development/economic-profile
  5. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Durham, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/37/3719000.html

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Durham Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Apex School of Theology
2945 South Miami Blvd Ste 114
Durham, NC 27703

  • Programs: theology and religious vocations
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 120 students, 94 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services.

807 E. Main Street
Durham, NC 27701

  • Programs: medical coding, medical office assistant, property management, medical secretary, office data entry, administrative assistant, medical billing, health and medical administrative
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 117 students, 181 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Durham Beauty Academy
4600 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707

  • Programs: cosmetology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 91 students, 117 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Durham Technical Community College
1637 Lawson St
Durham, NC 27703-5023

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, registered nursing, early childhood education, health diagnostic professions, criminal justice and police, respiratory care tech, legal assistant, Spanish language
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 5,170 students, 3,720 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Colleges in Durham with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Duke University
103 Allen Bldg
Durham, NC 27708

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, economics, law, psychology, public policy analysis, biomedical engineering, political science, biology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 13,598 students, 14,658 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 5,160 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 660-750. Math: 680-790. Writing: 680-780.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: law, business management, criminal justice and safety, library science, psychology, family and consumer science, political science, public administration
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 8,383 students, 6,993 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 2,889 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 370-460. Math: 370-460. Writing: 360-450.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Watts School of Nursing
2828 Croadsaile Drive Suite 200
Durham, NC 27705-2505

  • Programs: registered nursing
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 104 students, 53 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

City/Town Colleges Pop.
Students Dorms
Chapel Hill Colleges 1 48,715 28,136 9,011
Raleigh Colleges 15 276,093 51,621 12,045

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