Sunday, February 5, 2012

Duke University

Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is one of the most prestigious and competitive universities in the south, and it frequently ranked nationally among the top ten universities. Duke is part of the “research triangle” with UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The area boasts the highest concentration of PhDs and MDs in the world. Duke's strengths in research and instruction have earned it membership in the Association of American Universities, and its strong liberal arts and sciences earned Duke a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The Duke Blue Devils compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.

Admissions Data (2010):

Enrollment (2009):

  • Total Enrollment: 14,350 (6,578 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male / 49% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2010 - 11):

  • Tuition and Fees: $40,243
  • Books: $1,290 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,622
  • Other Expenses: $1,995
  • Total Cost: $55,150

Duke Financial Aid (2008 - 09):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 59%
  • Duke Scholarships (
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 51%
    • Loans: 30%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $28,455
    • Loans: $5,192

Most Popular Majors:

Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Economics, English, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 89%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 95%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Duke and the Common Application

Duke University uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

Duke Mission Statement:

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