Duke University
Durham, NC 27708


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 15,735
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Student to faculty ratio 7:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 5,507 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
(The institution has its own hospital)
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Duke University is one of the most selective institutions in its admission process in the U.S. In Fall 2016, it received 31,671 applications and only 3,430 students were granted admission. Duke University is at the #9 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 59% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 62% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1380 to 1570
ACT31 to 34

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Duke University's tuition was $49,575 for all students regardless of residency (85% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 63% of Duke University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 12% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,390 (which is 0.2% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Duke University in 2016-2017, was 649, which is 37% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $4,981 (which is 15.5% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Duke University has enrolled a total of 15,735 students (14,960 students full-time and 775 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 15,735 students, 24 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 50% men and 50% women and 6,609 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 9,126 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 768 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 48%

Non-resident alien: 19%

Asian: 14%

Black/African American: 7%

Hispanic: 6%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%

Two or more races: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Duke University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 16% 652
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 14% 550
Social Sciences 8% 298
Engineering 6% 254
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 5% 202
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 5% 188
Natural Resources And Conservation 4% 175
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 4% 174
Mathematics And Statistics 3% 105
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 3% 102

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Duke University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Duke University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $68,800. Last year, out of the total 1,399 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,315 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,487 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,368 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $68,800 $77,900
Employment Rate 94% 92%
Total Graduates 1,399 1,487

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Duke University.

Apex School of Theology
7.6 mile away
Meredith College
19.8 mile away
William Peace University
22.3 mile away
Shaw University
23.1 mile away
Elon University
32.5 mile away
Campbell University
42.4 mile away
Bennett College
47.3 mile away