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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
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    C+
Duke is an elite private university located in Durham, North Carolina in the Raleigh Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,669 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Duke acceptance rate is only 10%. Popular majors include Economics, Computer Science, and Public Policy Analysis. Graduating 95% of students, Duke alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $76,300.
About Duke University...
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
10%
Application Deadline
January 3
SAT Range
1380-1540
ACT Range
31-35
Application Fee
$85
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$22,011/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$47,836/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
68%

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
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.78 responses
33%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.80 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,669Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
27
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 51 responses
Report
  • Ambitious
    37%
  • Well-Rounded
    24%
  • Tired
    14%
  • Passionate
    10%
  • Pretending to be humble but not
    8%
  • Diverse
    2%
  • Entitled but ambitious
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.81 responses
Poll
71%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.96 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 52 responses
Report
  • Prestigious
    35%
  • Ambitious and superior
    23%
  • Boundless Opportunity
    21%
  • Reputation above all
    8%
  • You will not be nurtured
    8%
  • The admissions team is welcoming and knowledgable
    4%
  • Fast-paced
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$84,400/ 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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Incredible resources, faculty, and extracurricular opportunities! They have a lot of specialty programs for getting more real-world/hands-on experience in one's career/major interests, including Data+, Huang Fellows, Bass Connections, and DukeEngage.
Duke, like every school, has its negatives. Overall, it’s an environment that encourages collaboration, ambition, and progress. The extra mile is always taken to care for students, with opportunities around every corner. I am so thankful for the support I’ve been given at Duke University, and look forward to my next two years!