Duke University

Duke University

Duke University is a private research university, located in Durham, North Carolina. It was founded by Methodists and Quakers in 1838. Duke University boasts of 220 buildings on its campus, which covers an area of 8,611 acres. It consists of West, East and Central campuses.

Duke offers a variety of degrees and programs through its two undergraduate and eight graduate schools. U.S. News & World Report (2009 edition) ranked the university's undergraduate program 8th among national universities, while ranking the medical, law and business schools among the top 11 in the country. The Duke University Library System is one of the 10 largest private university library systems in the United States and the 30th largest of all libraries in the U.S.

Duke's sports teams are known as the Blue Devils. They are members of the NCAA's Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Durham , NC 27708
General Phone: (919) 684-2813

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Duke Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts834area studies, African-American studies, women's studies, foreign language and literature, linguistics, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, ...
Business and Management718business management
Engineering447engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Science288biology, biochemistry, cell biology, anatomical sciences, zoology, molecular genetics, chemistry, geology, physics ...
Therapy and Counseling230psychology, physical therapy
Religion and Philosophy215philosophy, religion, theology, ministry
Family and Social Work185public policy analysis
Nursing and Emergency Medicine167registered nursing, nurse anesthetist
Conservation and Resource Management163conservation, natural resources management, forestry
Medicine93medicine, health professions
Mathematics51mathematics, statistics
Fine Arts29art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering28computer and info science
Medical Support and Technology26radiation protection, ophthalmic tech
Drama and Performing Arts13drama
Design3design and visual communication

Number of programs and degrees for Duke in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,50537
Master's degree1,42338
Doctor's degree30231
Postbaccalaureate certificate313
First-professional degree5253

Duke Student Body

In 2007-2008, Duke had a total enrollment of 13,598 students (14,658 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 47%
Graduate 41%
First Professional 12%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 55%
Black 8%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 10%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 13%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 23%
20-21 21%
22-24 17%
25-29 22%
30-34 9%
35-39 4%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina13%
New York9%
(International Students)7%
New Jersey5%
State unknown2%
South Carolina2%
Rhode Island1%

Duke Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 97 %

Duke Room and Board (2007)

Duke offers campus housing for 5,160 of its 14,658 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Durham, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Duke Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal660750
SAT Math680790
SAT Writing680780
ACT Verbal3034
ACT Math2935
ACT Composite2934

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT36%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended

Duke Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,295
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,295
Room and board $ 10,690
Room charge $ 6,054
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,636
Books and supplies $ 1,105
Other expenses $ 1,835

Financial Aid:
Duke participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 292000)

Duke Faculty

Duke has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track353209
Non-tenured and not on tenure track855734

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year413$160,428113$147,130
Associate professoracademic year173$112,90888$85,773
Assistant professoracademic year144$89,29993$71,527
Lectureracademic year16$65,38817$52,363
No academic rankacademic year78$45,783110$42,059
All faculty totalacademic year824$125,323421$86,324

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Duke Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball Atlantic Coast Conference
Baseball Atlantic Coast Conference
Track Atlantic Coast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports58123181

Duke Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Forestry, General
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Design and Visual Communications, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Area Studies, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Romanian Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Medical Support And Technology
Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Medicine (MD)

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Religion/Religious Studies
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Molecular Genetics
Physics, General
Zoology/Animal Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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