duke university

Duke University is one of the most frequently searched colleges in the United States, according to a recent internet keyword search of American universities. 

Established in 1838, Duke is a private research university that moved from the tiny town of Trinity, North Carolina to Durham, North Carolina back in 1892. The university was named after the deceased father of someone who made a large donation to the school. So the campus is adorned with a big bronze statue of Washington Duke, sitting comfortably in his chair, overseeing campus activities. 

Duke University currently maintains an enrollment of roughly 15,000 students, and is the largest employer in the city of Durham. The college's highly ranked curriculum offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional certificate programs. Regarding the acceptance rate at Duke, this school is considered one of the 10 most difficult universities in the United States to get into. 

Notable graduates of Duke include former U.S. President Richard Nixon, former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Styron, and many others, including quite a few Nobel laureates, inventors, star athletes, and entrepreneurs. 

Duke is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS).

Shown above: A Duke University collage.

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Above: The towering Duke campus chapel.

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duke University Q&A

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Duke University.

1. Where is Duke University?

The main campus of Duke is located about five miles northwest of downtown Durham, North Carolina. The city of Durham is situated roughly 25 miles northwest of downtown Raleigh, and less than 20 miles northeast of Chapel Hill. 

Here is the official mailing address of the Duke campus: 

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina


2. What is the organizational structure of Duke University?

Duke consists of the following 12 schools: 

  1. Divinity School
  2. Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
  3. Duke University School of Law
  4. Fuqua School of Business 
  5. Graduate School
  6. Kunshan University (in China) 
  7. Nicholas School of the Environment 
  8. Pratt School of Engineering 
  9. Sanford School of Public Policy 
  10. School of Medicine
  11. School of Nursing
  12. Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

3. What undergraduate studies are offered at Duke University?

Undergraduate course offerings at Duke cover many hundred topics. Here is a list of the undergraduate majors (Bachelor degree programs) offered at Duke:

  • African and African American Studies 
  • Art History
  • Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Brazilian and Global Portuguese Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classical Civilization 
  • Classical Languages
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Dance
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences 
  • Economics
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering 
  • Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Evolutionary Anthropology
  • French
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
  • German
  • Global Cultural Studies
  • Global Health
  • History
  • International Comparative Studies
  • Italian
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Romance Studies
  • Russian
  • Slavic and Eurasian Studies 
  • Sociology
  • Spanish & Latin American Studies 
  • Statistical Science
  • Theater Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual and Media Studies

Above: The Rubinstein Library at Duke. 

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4. What graduate programs are available at Duke University?

Here is a list of graduate concentrations for Masters degrees at Duke:

  • Analytical political Economy
  • Bioethics and Science Policy 
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering 
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Data Science
  • Digital Art History
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Economics and Computation
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Experimental and Documentary Arts
  • Global Health
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Liberal Studies
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Medical Physics
  • Political Science 
  • Quantitative Financial Economics
  • Religious Studies 
  • Slavic and Eurasian Studies
  • Statistical and Economic Modeling 
  • Statistical Science 
  • Teaching

Duke also offers professional certificate programs in the following fields of study:

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods on the Social Sciences 
  • African and African American Studies
  • Anthropology 
  • Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering
  • Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • College Teaching 
  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics 
  • Developmental and Stem Cell Biology 
  • Developmental Psychology 
  • East Asian Studies
  • European Studies
  • Genetic and Genomics 
  • Global Health
  • History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine 
  • Information Sciences
  • Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health 
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Middle East Studies
  • Nanoscience 
  • Non Linear and Complex Systems
  • Philosophy, Arts, and Literature 
  • Philosophy of Biology 
  • Photonics
  • Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
  • Structural Biology and Biophysics 
  • Women's Studies

Click here to see a Complete List of PhD Programs at Duke

5. What programs are offered at Duke Law School?

Duke Law offers J.D., Masters, and Doctoral degree programs in the following fields of study: 

These are the required courses for a first-year curriculum at Duke Law: 

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law  
  • Criminal Law
  • Foundations of Law
  • Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing
  • Property Law
  • Torts

The upper level curriculum at Duke Law includes the following fields of study: 

  • Administrative and Regulatory Law 
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Constitutional law and Civil Rights
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Intellectual Property, Science, and Technology Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Law, Democracy, and Society

In addition, here is an alphabetical list of 25 popular individual classes available at Duke Law: 

  1. Analytical Methods
  2. Antitrust
  3. Art Law
  4. Big Bank Regulation
  5. Business Strategy for Lawyers
  6. Children and the Law 
  7. Commercial Transactions
  8. Conflict of Laws
  9. Consumer Bankruptcy and Debt 
  10. Copyright Law
  11. Election Law 
  12. Employment Discrimination 
  13. Ethics
  14. Evidence
  15. Financial Accounting
  16. First Amendment 
  17. Legal Writing: Craft & Style 
  18. Ocean and Coastal Law 
  19. Patent Law
  20. Sports and the Law
  21. State and Local Government Law 
  22. Taxation
  23. The Law and Policy of Innovation 
  24. U.S. Law
  25. Water Resources Law

There are also many dozen other classes offered at Duke Law. See the Duke Law website for a complete list. 

Above: The Duke School of Law.

image: law.duke.edu

6. How much does it cost to attend Duke University?

According to the Duke website, the total cost of tuition, fees, and other expenses for undergraduate admission to Duke (before financial aid kicks in) is $75,370 per year. This estimate includes tuition, some fees, housing, food, books, supplies, and personal expenses. However, this estimate does not include certain other costs, such as transportation. 

Graduate school tuition at Duke may vary. For masters degree programs at the graduate school, the total estimated cost of attendance is roughly $40,000 per semester. This cost includes tuition, fees, food, housing, books, supplies, local transportation, and personal expenses. 

The total annual cost of tuition, fees, and other expenses to attend Duke Law School for the upcoming academic year is estimated to fall between $90,000 and $100,000. 

Other fees may also apply, such as application fees, parking fees, technology fees, health fees, and more. 

Financial aid is available, and may come in the form of grants, scholarships, work study programs, and private donations, among others. More than half of Duke's undergraduate students do not pay the full cost of tuition. 

Above: The Divinity School at Duke. 

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Above: The Duke School of Medicine, featuring Athletic Medicine and Sports Medicine studies, among others. 

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7. What is the Duke University campus like?

The main campus of Duke occupies roughly 8,700 acres, of which more than 7,000 acres is Duke Forest. The rest of the campus is home to more than 250 buildings, many of them built in the Collegiate Gothic style, although some are constructed in French, Italian, Georgian, and modern styles. Many of the campus buildings are constructed with multi colored stones for visual effect. 

Campus attractions include the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, as well as five libraries, several museums, a Starbucks coffee shop, and many affordable places to eat. A free bus service shuttles students around campus.

Student housing is available, both on and off campus, although students are required to live on campus for the first three years of attendance.  

The school colors are "duke" blue and white. The varsity athletes at Duke are commonly referred to as the Blue Devils. They play for the NCAA Division 1 - FBS-ACC. 

Varsity sports for men and women at Duke include:  

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming (& Diving)
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Also available on campus are a number of club and intramural sports, such as some of the ones listed above, as well as badminton, cycling, dancing, equestrian, figure skating, sailing, water polo, and many more. 

Apart form sports, the Duke campus also features more than 400 student groups and organizationssuch as the Black Student Alliance, the International Association, the Native American Student Alliance, and several students bands, as well as theater groups, science clubs, and hundreds more. 

Above: A Duke Blue Devil in action.

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Above: An East Campus residence hall at Duke.

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8. What are the distance learning options at Duke University?

Distance learning is available through the Duke Learning Management System. Duke offers a broad range of online courses, which include the following, among others: 

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Access
  • Business Writing 
  • Coaching 
  • Communicating with Diplomacy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Customer Service Excellence
  • Delegation
  • Employment Best Practices 
  • Excel
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Microsoft Word 
  • Notary Public 
  • Outlook
  • Power Point
  • Project Management
  • Training (Trainers)

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9. What is the contact information for Duke University?

To reach the main campus office at Duke, call 919-684-8111. 

For the undergraduate admissions office at Duke, call 919-684-3214. 

For information regarding financial aid at Duke, call 919-684-6225. 

To reach the Graduate School at Duke, call 919-681-3257. 

To contact the Duke Law School, call 919-613-7006. 

For the Duke Medical College, call Duke University Hospital at 855-855-6484. 

Above: Downtown Durham, North Carolina.

The city of Durham is home to approximately 250,000 people.

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