Duke University

Durham, NC

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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.

Website: www.duke.edu/

Private
Co-ed
6,609
Undergraduate
Students
(49.8%) 3,288 Women
(50.2%) 3,321 Men
9,319
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
11% of 31,671 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 2

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
710-800 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
680-780 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
31-34 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$72,503
Tuition and Fees
$53,500
Room and Board
$14,798
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$53,831
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$23,819
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,455
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 12% 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
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Campus Life

Durham Population
245,475
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
81% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Blue Devil
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
24.1% Asian
11.0% Black/African-American
9.1% Hispanic/Latino
1.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
50.8% White
2.4% Unknown
International Students
10.0%
First-Year Students Returning
 
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
86.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is not accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   3
Science   3
Foreign Language   3
Social Studies   3
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT    
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Required January 3
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
 
City, State, Zip
Durham, NC 27708-0586
Phone
(919) 684-3214
Fax
(919) 681-8941
E-mail
undergrad-admissions@duke.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 2
Application Fee
$85
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
 
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
Audition tape for dance, drama, or music; slides of work for art recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
11% of 31,671 applicants were admitted
Women
11% of 16,128 applicants were admitted
Men
11% of 15,543 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,747 (51%) of 3,430 admitted students enrolled
Women
906 (51%) of 1,776 admitted students enrolled
Men
841 (51%) of 1,654 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
24% of 3455 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
9

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
710-800 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
78%
Score of 600 - 700
18%
Score of 500 - 600
4%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
680-780 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
72%
Score of 600 - 700
21%
Score of 500 - 600
6%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
31-34 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
85%
Score of 24 - 29
14%
Score of 18 - 23
1%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 91%
Top quarter: 97%
Top half: 99%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$72,503
Tuition and Fees
$53,500
Room and Board
$14,798
Books and Supplies
$1,260
Other Expenses
$2,945
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@duke.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
February 1
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002920
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Business/Farm Supplement  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,048 (60.2%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
833 (79.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
833 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
833 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$53,831
Need-Based Gift
Received by 801 (96.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $49,174
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 686 (82.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,659
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 52 (6.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
42 (2.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $71,491

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
3,461 (51.3%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
2,932 (84.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,932 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,932 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$52,745
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,787 (95.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $47,556
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,505 (85.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,189
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 266 (9.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
215 (3.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $69,506

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
33%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$23,819
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
3.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans, Alternative loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Mathematics
Number of Awards
116
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
76
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Ethnic Background, International Students, Local/State Students
Number of Awards
65
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,045
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Canadian Studies
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Biological/life sciences, Social sciences, Engineering
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Law
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,455
Part-Time Faculty
71
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
92%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 12% 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
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 23% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 44% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 27% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Health Sciences, Master's in Statistical Science, Weekend Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Management Studies, Master of Science, Master of Public Policy, Master of Arts in Christian Studies, Master of Divinity, Master of Engineering Management, Master of Forestry, Global Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of International Development Policy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Environmental Management, Master of Legal Studies, Master of Laws, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Theology, Master of Judicial Studies, Master of Engineering, Master of Arts in Christian Practice

Master's Programs of Study

  • Acute Care/Critical Care Nursing
  • Adult Nursing
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Bioethics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences/Medical Technology
  • Clinical Research
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Management and Policy
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Ethics
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Finance and Banking
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Management
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • International Health
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Liberal Studies
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Marketing
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Maternal and Child/Neonatal Nursing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Physics
  • Natural Resources
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Optical Sciences
  • Organizational Management
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Photonics
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Religion
  • Slavic Languages
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Theology
  • Women's Health Nursing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Juridical Sciences, Doctor of Theology

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Acute Care/Critical Care Nursing
  • Adult Nursing
  • Allopathic Medicine
  • Anatomy
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biopsychology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cancer Biology/Oncology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computational Biology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Finance and Banking
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Genomic Sciences
  • Geology
  • German
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Health Psychology
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Immunology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Management
  • Italian
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Marine Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Materials Sciences
  • Maternal and Child/Neonatal Nursing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Physics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Music
  • Natural Resources
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Organizational Management
  • Paleontology
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Theology
  • Women's Health Nursing

Location and Setting


Boston Population
245,475
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
8,500 acres

Weather

Temperature
28.8 average low in January, 85 average high in September
Rain
113 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Durham
Nearest Train Station
20 mile(s) from campus in Raleigh

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
81% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through junior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
19%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Blue Devil
School Colors
Blue and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Crew x x    
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Fencing x   x  
Field Hockey x x    
Golf x x x x
Lacrosse x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x x    
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey x x
Golf x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x x
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x x
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Crew    
Cross-Country Running x  
Fencing x  
Field Hockey    
Golf x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x x
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
badminton, equestrian sports, football, ice hockey, racquetball, rugby, sailing, skiing (cross-country), skiing (downhill), softball, squash, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
badminton, crew, equestrian sports, field hockey, ice hockey, racquetball, rugby, sailing, skiing (cross-country), skiing (downhill), softball, squash, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
6,609
Women
3,288 (49.8%)
Men
3,321 (50.2%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
6,577
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
24.1% Asian
11.0% Black/African-American
9.1% Hispanic/Latino
1.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
50.8% White
2.4% Unknown
International Students.
10.0%
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
9,319

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
 
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
86.3%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
93.3%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
94.6%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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