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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

Economics

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.

Demographics

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.

Sources:

  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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Colleges in Durham with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, //nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
105 Main St., Thompson Hall
Durham, NH

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences, Natural resources and conservation, Architecture and related services, Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies, Communication, journalism, and related programs, Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Education
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 15351
  • In-State Tuition: 14050
  • Out-of-State tuition: 27320

Duke University
103 Allen Bldg
Durham, NC

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Natural resources and conservation, Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Engineering, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics, Legal professions and studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: United Methodist
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 15984
  • In-State Tuition: 47650
  • Out-of-State tuition: 47650

North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: Natural resources and conservation, Communication, journalism, and related programs, Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics, Family and consumer sciences/human sciences, Legal professions and studies, English language and literature/letters
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 8011
  • In-State Tuition: 3555
  • Out-of-State tuition: 15593

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

  • Programs: Health professions and related programs
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 144
  • In-State Tuition: 13834
  • Out-of-State tuition: 13834

ITT Technical Institute-Durham
4025 Stirrup Creek Drive, Suite 200
Durham, NC

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 334
  • In-State Tuition: 17748
  • Out-of-State tuition: 17748

Durham Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, //nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Durham Technical Community College
1637 Lawson Street
Durham, NC

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: Computer and information sciences and support services, Education, Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields, Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics, Family and consumer sciences/human sciences, Legal professions and studies, Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Public
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 5118
  • In-State Tuition: 1958
  • Out-of-State tuition: 7016

Durham Beauty Academy
4600 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd Ste 31
Durham, NC

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 54

CET-Durham
807 E. Main Street
Durham, NC

  • Programs: Construction trades, Health professions and related programs, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 205

Apex School of Theology
1701 T.W. Alexander Drive
Durham, NC

  • Programs: Theology and religious vocations
  • Degrees/Certificates: Masters, Doctors, Associates, Bachelors
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 1151
  • In-State Tuition: 4800
  • Out-of-State tuition: 4800

Regency Beauty Institute-Durham
1058 West Club Blvd Ste 826
Durham, NC

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 40

The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham
410 Blackwell St, Ste 200
Durham, NC

  • Programs: Computer and information sciences and support services, Personal and culinary services, Visual and performing arts, Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associates, Bachelors, Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: 4-years
  • Total Student Population: 531
  • In-State Tuition: 17028
  • Out-of-State tuition: 17028

Park West Barber School
4853 NC Hwy 55
Durham, NC

  • Programs: Personal and culinary services
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Religious Affiliation: --
  • School Type: Less than 2-years
  • Total Student Population: 302
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