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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C+
Duke University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference
Address
2138 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Website

Duke University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
11%
Application Deadline
January 3
SAT Range
1380-1570
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$85
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$19,950/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $4,728/ year
  • $30-48k
    $1,302/ year
  • $49-75k
    $7,880/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,049/ year
  • $110k+
    $48,925/ year
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Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.65 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.73 responses
35%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.75 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,577Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 46 responses
Report
  • Ambitious
    37%
  • Well-Rounded
    22%
  • Tired
    15%
  • Passionate
    11%
  • Pretending to be humble but not
    9%
  • Entitled but ambitious
    2%
  • Excited
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.76 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.91 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Prestigious
    38%
  • Ambitious and superior
    21%
  • Boundless Opportunity
    21%
  • Reputation above all
    9%
  • You will not be nurtured
    9%
  • The admissions team is welcoming and knowledgable
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$77,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
95%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.42 responses
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Duke University Reviews

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Choosing to go to Duke has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. Its campus is BEAUTIFUL; we have lush gardens and there are so many birds here, from towhees to even the occasional hawk. The opportunities here to get involved are almost overwhelming. We have this program called DukeEngage where students go to all parts of the world to work with communities through research and volunteer work. I will actually be going to Costa Rica this summer to help in rainforest restoratuon and conservation through this program!But what I truly love most about this school is its students. The atmosphere here is not competitive but collaborative. I came to Duke feeling insecure about my qualifications compared to those of the other incoming freshman. But never once did I feel belittled or patronized. Students here want each other to succeed, we want to see each other grow and challenge ourselves to improve. Here at Duke, 'Southern Hospitality' is the real deal!
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Choosing Duke University was the best decision of my life. Although academically challenging, the school provides the resources necessary to succeed. With so much diversity among students, there is always something to learn and its a close community!
If you aren't entirely decided on what you want to study, or want to combine two fields that don't seem to fit, Duke is the best school available to you. The flexible pathway through Duke is one of its best features, and it guarantees there's something academic for nearly everyone here. Not to mention everything that goes on outside of academics. Whether you're a performance artist, coder, engineer, service-learner, researcher, intense athlete, or a just for fun one, there's a place for you here. If you're anything at all, and looking to challenge yourself, then come to Duke!