Students Say

Duke University is “all about academic excellence complemented by highly competitive Division I sports and an enriching array of extracurricular activities,” making the university “an exciting, challenging, and enjoyable place to be.” Undergraduates choose Duke because they “are passionate about a wide range of things, including academics, sports, community service, research, and fun.” And because the school seems equally committed to accommodating all of those pursuits; as one student puts it, “Duke is for the Ivy League candidate who is a little bit more laid-back about school and overachieving (but just a bit) and a lot more into the party scene.”

Overview

Applicants
30,546
Acceptance Rate
12%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
670 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
690 - 790
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 780
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 2

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Duke University is “all about academic excellence complemented by highly competitive Division I sports and an enriching array of extracurricular activities,” making the university “an exciting, challenging, and enjoyable place to be.” Undergraduates choose Duke because they “are passionate about a wide range of things, including academics, sports, community service, research, and fun.” And because the school seems equally committed to accommodating all of those pursuits; as one student puts it, “Duke is for the Ivy League candidate who is a little bit more laid-back about school and overachieving (but just a bit) and a lot more into the party scene.” Academics “are very difficult in the quantitative majors (engineering, math, statistics, economics, premed)” and “much easier in the non-quantitative majors,” but there’s an “across-the-board excellence in all departments from humanities to engineering.” In all areas, there’s a “supportive environment in which the faculty, staff, and students are willing to look out for the other person and help them succeed.” It’s the norm to have large study groups, and “the review sessions, peer tutoring system, writing center, and academic support center are always helpful when students are struggling with anything from math homework to creating a résumé.” Professors’ “number-one priority is teaching undergraduates,” and their love of discussion means they “would rather that the students lead the class as opposed to them leading the class.” “There are a few who make me want to stay at Duke forever,” says a student. Because “the school has a lot of confidence in its students,” it offers them “seemingly limitless opportunities.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
1,366
with Terminal Degree
1,274

862
Men
504
Women
76
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
94%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships

Prominent Alumni


Grant Hill
Former NBA Player

Elizabeth Hanford Dole
Former president of the American Red Cross

Clay Felker
Founding Editor New York Magazine

Henry Hyde
Member of U.S. House of Representatives

Martin Kratt
Creator and star of Zoboomafoo

Judy Woodruff
News Anchor

Sean McManus
President of CBS Sports

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

Duke students “are focused on graduating and obtaining a lucrative and prosperous career.” The “engaged Career Center” provides a range of services (such as seminars, workshops, and online databases) that help students fine-tune their skills. Career fairs are held throughout the year (including the “Just-in-Time” Career Fair in the spring, for employers who have immediate openings for graduating students. Drop-in advising is always available. Fifty-three percent of Duke graduates who visited Payscale.com reported feeling their jobs had a meaningful impact on the world, and averaged a starting salary of $55,900.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
94%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$55,900

Median Mid-Career Salary
$102,000

Alumni with High Job Meaning
53%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
96

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

With a moderately sized campus of 6,000 undergraduates, students have the opportunity to work closely with the school’s accomplished faculty. Academics are challenging, especially in the quantitative majors like science and mathematics. However, there are plentiful student resources, including a writing center and a peer-tutoring program, not to mention the constant support from the school’s teaching staff. Innovation and independence are encouraged; the school offers grants for undergraduate research projects, as well as travel grants and awards for artistic endeavors.

Bang For Your Buck

Duke is dedicated to making its outstanding education affordable. More than half of undergraduates receive some sort of financial assistance, including need-based aid, and merit or athletic scholarships. Students are evaluated for admission without regard to their ability to pay. If admitted, Duke pledges to meet 100 percent of need. There are no loans or parental contributions required for families with incomes under $40,000. Families with incomes under $60,000 are not required to make a parental contribution, and the school offers capped loans for eligible families with incomes of more than $100,000. The biggest value is the academic experience. One student explains, “Every single one of my professors actually knows me very well. They know where I’m from; they know what I actually find funny in class; they know when I’m sick and are incredibly parental in making sure that I get all of my work done and stay healthy; they know ME. How many other students can say that in any university?” Another student adds, “I wanted a medium college that was not too large but had research opportunities. I liked the culture at Duke and the choice was easy because they also gave me the best financial package.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,348

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$39,275

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,726

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$18,456

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
36%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,400

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,800
Required Fees
$1,443
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,345

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
ROTC

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

The typical Duke student “is someone who cares a lot about his or her education but at the same time won’t sacrifice a social life for it.” Life involves “getting a ton of work done first and then finding time to play and have fun.” The typical student here is studious but social, athletic but can never be seen in the gym, job hunting but not worrying, and so on and so forth.” Everyone is “incredibly focused,” but “that includes social success as well.” Students tend to be “focused on graduating and obtaining a lucrative and prosperous career,” and although they “go out two to three times a week,” they’re “always looking polished.” An “overwhelming number” are athletes, “not just varsity athletes…but athletes in high school or generally active people. Duke’s athletic pride attracts this kind of person.” The student body “is surprisingly ethnically diverse, with a number of students of Asian, African, and Hispanic descent,” and “every type of person finds a welcoming group where he or she fits in.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,646
Out of State
88%

International
10%
Foreign Countries Represented
89

Demographics

22.98%
Asian
10.93%
African-American
6.67%
Hispanic
53.86%
Caucasian
2.93%
Unknown
9.88%
International

50% female
50% male
88% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life at Duke “is very relaxed,” and “you can either be a part of nothing, or you can be so over-committed that it’s not even funny.” Because “the student union and other organizations provide entertainment all the time, from movies to shows to campus-wide parties,” there’s “a wealth of on-campus opportunities to get involved.” Indeed, weekends are for relaxing, and “people usually stay on campus for fun,” because hometown Durham “has a few quirky streets and squares with restaurants, shops, clubs, etc., but to really do much you have to go to Raleigh or Chapel Hill,” each twenty to thirty minutes away by car. The perception that “Durham is pretty dangerous” further dampens students’ enthusiasm for the city. Undergrads’ fervor for Blue Devils sports, on the other hand, can be boundless; sports, “especially basketball, are a huge deal here,” and undergrads “will paint themselves completely blue and wait in line on the sidewalk in K-ville for three days to jump up and down in Cameron Indoor Stadium.” Greek life “plays a big role in the social scene here,” but “almost all the parties are open, so it definitely isn’t hard to get into a party.” Though it’s a “very party-heavy school,” a lot of people “just do their own thing—have a movie night, go exploring, go skiing or to the beach for a weekend.” Still, the social scene can be “a little too intense” at times.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
82%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Services for Students with Learning Disabilities and AD/HD

Type of Program
For LD/ADD Only

Director
Emma Swain

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Current psychoeducational testing: within 3 years

Documentation Requred for ADHD
current psychoeducational testing: within 3 years

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
200
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
25

29% join a fraternity
42% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Blue Devils)
15 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Blue Devils)
14 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

At Duke University, sustainability starts from the bottom up—each year the administration commits $50,000 to fund student, staff and faculty led initiatives which will “green” Duke. The fund has been used to put on conferences, conduct research, provide education and training, and seed new programs. Numerous grants have been awarded in the past year. For example, funding went to water bottle refilling stations in the School of Public Policy to reduce need for disposable plastic water bottles and a student organized sustainable dinner at Duke on national Food Day. There are numerous active environmental student organizations on campus, spanning the undergraduate and graduate population—including Duke’s Business, Medical, and Law schools. Furthermore, the sustainability office pays fifteen student employees to work on campus sustainability projects throughout the year as part of the Students for Sustainable Living program. There are also many opportunities for students to study sustainability in the classroom. The Nicholas School of the Environment offers four undergraduate degrees: an AB and BS in environmental sciences, and an AB and BS in earth and ocean sciences. Classes often have practical implications — one course called “Food and Energy” has helped lay the groundwork for an ongoing project to create a Duke campus farm. A signatory of the ACUPCC, Duke has thirty-five buildings that are LEED-certified or seeking certification, and has committed to become carbon neutral by 2024. In fact, Duke has eliminated the use of coal on campus through the renovation of the campus steam plants as part of the university’s Climate Action Plan. As a result of this effort and other GHG reduction strategies, Duke has reduced overall GHG emissions 28 percent from a 2007 baseline.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
15%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
2138 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC 27708

Phone
919/6843214


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Duke Chapel
Primate Center
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke Forest
Levine Science Research Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Duke Homestead
N.C. Museum of Life and Science
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Ninth Street
Southpointe Mall

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday
8am-5pm; 10am-1pm
919/6843214

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies throughout the year (see Web site)

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Limitations
1-night stay; high school seniors. Contact Student Locator Service, 919/6843322

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is 18 miles from campus. Limousines, taxis, and rental cars are available at the airport. Amtrak trains serve Raleigh and Durham. You must make your own arrangements for transportation from there to campus. Greyhound bus service is available to Durham, approximately 3 miles from campus. Taxis are available at the station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-40 (from Raleigh and the airport), bear right onto Durham Freeway north (NC Rte. 147); continue into Durham and exit at Swift Ave./Duke University-East Campus. Turn left at the top of the ramp; turn right at flashing light (Campus Dr.). Proceed for 1 mile to the admissions office; the driveway is to the right as you approach the traffic circle. From I-85 S., take the exit for 15-501 S. Bypass-Duke University/Chapel Hill; proceed for 2 miles and exit at the sign for NC 751/Duke University. Turn left on Rte. 751 and go 1 mile to the 4th stoplight; turn left onto Duke University Rd. and continue for 1 mile. Turn left onto Chapel Dr. at the stone pillars. At the circle, turn right onto Campus Dr.; the admissions office is the first building on the left. From I-85 N., exit onto Rte. 70 E. at the sign to NC 751/Duke University. Proceed on Rte. 70 for 2 miles to the intersection with Rte. 751; turn right onto Rte. 751 for approximately 4.5 Turn left at the fifth stoplight (Duke University Rd.) and proceed for 1 mile; turn left onto Chapel Dr. at the stone pillars. At the circle, turn right onto Campus Dr.; the admissions office is the first building on the left.

Local Accommodations
The Millennium Hotel-Durham (2800 Campus Walk Ave.; 800-633-5379) and the Durham Hilton (3800 Hillsborough Rd.; 919-383-8033 or 800-445-8667) are a short drive from campus. The inexpensive Brookwood Inn (2306 Elba St.; 919-286-3111 or 800-716-6401) is across the street from the university hospital and has a shuttle to campus. The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club (3001 Cameron Blvd.; 919-490-0999 or 800-443-3853) is convenient to campus. The inn has a golf course, with tennis and swimming facilities nearby. A complimentary shuttle service is available within the city of Durham.
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Key Stats

30,546
Applicants
6,646
Size
12%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists