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Duke University
Durham, NC
Duke, founded in 1838, is a private research university. Its academic mission is to expose students to a variety of subject areas and modes of inquiry. Students learn to access, synthesize, and communicate knowledge effectively, to acquire perspective on current and historical events, to conduct research and solve problems, to develop a capacity for hard and sustained work, and to serve the community. All first-year students live and learn in the East Campus, where designated faculty members live in residence halls with freshmen to increase opportunities for student-faculty interaction. Duke's 8,500-acre campus, known for its Gothic architecture, is located in Durham.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 6,639
   Women 3,252 (49.0%)
   Men 3,387 (51.0%)
Graduate Students 9,345
Entrance Difficulty Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate 12% of 30,112 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 3
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math 690-790 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 670-760 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 31-34 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities X      
Cost of Attendance $69,959
  Tuition and Fees $51,265
  Room and Board $14,438
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $49,774
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 1,462
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 48% of classes
20-29 students: 11% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
Durham Population 245,475
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 82% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Blue Devil
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
24.0% Asian
10.8% Black/African-American
8.2% Hispanic/Latino
2.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
51.5% White
2.4% Unknown
International Students 9.9%
First-Year Students Returning  
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 86.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported