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

Education Institutes in Durham
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Durham
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Durham
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Duke University16,130Four or more years$53,500225
Durham Technical Community College5,415At least 2 but less than 4 years$1,958102
North Carolina Central University8,097Four or more years$6,39987
Watts School of Nursing145At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A1
Durham Beauty Academy141Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
CET-DurhamN/ALess than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
Apex School of Theology824Four or more years$5,1005
Bull City Durham Beauty and Barber College6Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
ITT Technical Institute-DurhamN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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