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
    B+
  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
103 Allen Bldg
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
1360-1550
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$85
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Duke University

Cost

Net Price
$21,295/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,904/ year
  • $30-48k
    $3,317/ year
  • $49-75k
    $7,573/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,072/ year
  • $110k+
    $48,841/ year

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.72 responses
34%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.74 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,611Undergrads
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 45 responses
Report
  • Ambitious
    36%
  • Well-Rounded
    22%
  • Tired
    16%
  • Passionate
    11%
  • Pretending to be humble but not
    9%
  • Entitled but ambitious
    2%
  • Excited
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.75 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.90 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 46 responses
Report
  • Prestigious
    39%
  • Boundless Opportunity
    22%
  • Ambitious and superior
    20%
  • 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
$76,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
95%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
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

1,012 reviews
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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!
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Duke provides an overall great college experience. I think the highlights are the strong programs in a variety of fields, so if you're undecided this is a big bonus. As a premed student I found the close vicinity of the hospital to be a great asset as far as gaining clinical experience. There is something for everyone on campus, be it a student group, sport, activity, or academic endeavor. The downsides are obviously the price if you don't have aid, and the town is not very student-friendly, especially at night. Parking is a nightmare. School spirit is great - so much energy! Food has gotten an upgrade with recent renovations to West Union.
Duke is an amazing school, academically. Every professor I've had has taken a personal interest in me and has helped me learn so much. I highly recommend Duke for its classes and opportunities.

The students are often very power-hungry and competitive, and drink almost constantly.

Some of them are also great!

Because of the resumes of a lot of the students, it can be hard to get those big opportunities you hear about on the tours-- I got rejected from a LOT of things my freshman year, despite having a 4.00 GPA. But, it all works out. I'm not transferring because I truly believe that the academics are worth it.