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Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

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Duke University overview
Location Durham, North Carolina
Online duke.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
Duke University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Duke University, a prestigious private research institution in Durham, North Carolina, boasts a rich history tracing back to its founding in 1838. Known for its distinctive Gothic architecture, Duke's sprawling campus spans over 8,600 acres, including the renowned Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Enrolled students enjoy a suburban-urban campus vibe minutes from downtown Durham and within the vicinity of the Research Triangle Park, offering access to a myriad of research and internship opportunities. Duke University has solidified its reputation in academia with strong emphases on interdisciplinary initiatives and research outputs, particularly in disciplines such as biomedical engineering, public policy, and environmental sciences, among others. The university's application process is extremely selective, attracting a global applicant pool. Undergraduates can opt for on-campus housing across residential communities designed to enhance the academic and social experience. Duke's athletic presence is marked, especially within the domain of NCAA Division I basketball, where the Duke Blue Devils have secured a place in collegiate athletic history.

In the most recent statistical year 50,016 prospective students applied, and 3,174 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,745 enrolled in the school.  17,425 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 598 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $60,435 plus fees of $2,253. Duke is ranked 3 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












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Admission Standards

Duke University overview
SAT 1490/1570
ACT 34/35
Estimated GPA 3.94

Applications Accepted

Duke University overview
Applications Due Jan 3, 2024
Applicant Competition Extreme
Application Fee $85

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Duke University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,434
Other Fees$2,253
Room and Board $16,651
Budget for Other Expenses$1,976
Total One Year Cost$82,749

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$108,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

94% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Duke University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 24%
Engineering 16%
Human Services 10%
Biology 9%
Psychology 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198419 IPEDS survey data for Duke University.

Current students may use the Duke University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.