Durham Colleges and Schools

Students who are thinking about attending one of the colleges in Durham can also look forward to enjoying hundreds of restaurants, craft breweries, live music venues, and art and science museums. Abundant parks and waterways invite recreational pursuits. The cost of living here is a bit lower than the national average, and it's easy to get around on public transit and bicycle.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Durham

Of the career-focused colleges in Durham, Durham Technical Community College serves the largest number of students. It has multiple locations in the city of Durham, as well as in the county, including a campus at Research Triangle. Durham Tech programs include the arts, engineering, health technologies, information technology, education, public safety and business administration. It also offers continuing education courses and career enhancement in automotive, culinary arts, hospitality, and biotechnology.

Since it was founded in 1895, Watts School of Nursing has focused exclusively on preparing students for entry into professional nursing practice.

Fun Facts about Durham Colleges and Universities

There are three main universities in Durham.

Duke University has a rich history, traditions and a reputation for excellence. Duke also has a global presence, conducting research abroad and attracting students and faculty from around the world.

North Carolina Central University was the first publicly supported liberal arts college for African-Americans. It has biomanufacturing and biomedical research institutes, and students can get hands-on laboratory experience with local pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Apex School of Theology is a Christian college with an African-American culture. Apex prepares students to serve as clergy and laity in churches, Christian ministries and the community.

Graduate Schools in Durham

All three of the main universities in Durham offer master's and doctoral degree programs.

Duke University offers advanced degree programs in law, medicine, divinity, engineering, business, environmental studies and public policy.

North Carolina Central University awards a J.D. (law) and Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences. Its most popular master's degree programs are business administration, nursing and natural resources.

Apex School of Theology awards graduate degrees in Christian education, counseling, divinity and ministry.

You can find information about additional postsecondary schools in the state by viewing our North Carolina colleges page.


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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) 2018-19, 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
Apex School of Theology554Four or more years$5,1005
Watts School of Nursing152At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A1
Bull City Durham Beauty and Barber College8Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Carolina Career College60Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
Duke University16,606Four or more years$55,695233
Durham Technical Community College5,434At least 2 but less than 4 years$1,95876
North Carolina Central University8,207Four or more years$6,46463
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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