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  Fall 2015

Undergraduate Students


Graduate and Professional Students


Total Number of Students


Undergraduate Tuition


Total, including tuition, room and board, fees (not including books, personal expenses)


Percentage of Undergraduates Receiving Aid


Total University & Health System Employees (as of July 2015)




1. Public Policy
2. Economics
3. Biology
4. Biomedical Engineering
5. Psychology
            Home States (class of 2019)
1. NC 
2. CA
3. NY
4. FL
5. TX
            Home Countries (other than U.S.)
1. China
2. Canada
3. Great Britain
4. Korea
5. India


Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.


As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

For more information about Duke's history, see the Duke University Archives.

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President:   Richard H. Brodhead
Provost:   Sally Kornbluth
Chancellor for Health Affairs:   A. Eugene Washington
Executive Vice President/Treasurer:   Tallman Trask III

A more comprehensive listing is available here.

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  Year Est.
Trinity College of Arts & Sciences   1859
School of Law   1904
Divinity School   1926
Graduate School   1926
School of Medicine   1930
School of Nursing   1931
Pratt School of Engineering   1939
Fuqua School of Business   1969
Sanford School of Public Policy   1971
Nicholas School of the Environment   1991
STUDENTS Enrollment (full-time) Fall 2015
Undergraduate   6,485
African-American   10%
American Indian   1%
Asian-American   22%
Caucasian   46%
Foreign   10%
Hispanic   7%
Other/Unknown   4%
N.C. Residents   13%
Student/Faculty Ratio (Fall 2015)   8:1
Students Returning After First Year   97%
Students Graduating in Four Years   95% 
Graduate and Professional (Fall 2015)   8,465
African-American   5%
Asian-American   10%
Hispanic/Latino   4%
Caucasian   49%
Foreign   25%
Other/Unknown   4%




Undergraduate Admissions - Class of 2019
Applied   31,178
Enrolled   1,750
Women   49%
Degrees Conferred (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015)
Undergraduate   1,840
Graduate and Professional   3,244

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Active (includes 2014 graduates)   157,017
Degrees   55% Undergraduate,
31% Professional,
14% Graduate
Median Age   47
FACULTY -- Fall 2015   (tenure/tenure track)     (other regular rank)*
Arts and Sciences   497     153
Engineering (Pratt)   107     25
Divinity   32     18
Environment (Nicholas)   54     19
Fuqua   87     13
Law   48     14
Medicine   814     1,367
Nursing   41     47
Sanford School    38     27
University Institutes and Centers         27
TOTAL   1,718     1,710
* (Includes professors of the practice, research professors, lecturers, clinical professors and medical associates.)
Faculty - by rank (Fall 2015)
Full professors   943
Associate professors   454
Assistant professors   320
TOTAL    1,717  
EMPLOYEES (July 2015) (full-time and part-time)
Campus   8,380
Schools of Medicine, Nursing (includes Duke Clinical Research Institute and Private Diagnostic Clinic)   11,183
Duke University Affiliated Physicians*    787
DUHS Clinical Labs*   733
Duke University Hospital*   8,565
Durham Regional Hospital*   1,612
Duke Raleigh Hospital*   1,206
Duke HomeCare & Hospice*   237
Patient Revenue Management Org.*   1,437
DUHS Corporate Services*   1,742
Duke Integrative Medicine/Diet and Fitness*   65
Health and Wellness   57


*(Duke University Health System)

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East Campus (including Smith Warehouse precinct)   122
West Campus   441
Medical Campus   178
Central Campus   203
Duke Gardens   54
Golf Course (including Washington Duke Inn and jogging trail)   490
Duke Forest   7,044
Marine Lab (Beaufort, N.C.)   15
TOTAL   8,547
Buildings - Durham Campus
(Excludes maintenance and support facilities)
Academic and Research   83
Medical Center   82
Athletics and Recreation   15
Residence Halls and Apartments   74
TOTAL   254

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Undergraduate Tuition, Expenses (2015-2016 academic year)
Arts & Sciences and Engineering   $47,650
Expenses (2015-2016 academic year)
Room and board (average), mandatory fees (doesn't include books, personal expenses)   $15,623
TOTAL   $63,273

Financial Aid
Duke is committed to a need-blind admission policy, which means it admits undergraduates without consideration of their families' ability to pay tuition and other college costs and meets 100 percent of students' demonstrated financial need for four years. About 50 percent of all Duke students receive some form of financial aid, which includes need-based aid, athletic aid and merit aid. The average need-based grant for 2014-2015 was $42,345. For more information, see Duke Financial Aid.

The provisions of James B. Duke's $40 million indenture in 1924 created Duke University's initial endowment. Those funds had a market value of $7.3 billion in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Operating Revenues, Operating Expenditures
Patient service revenue generated by Duke University Health System represented 53 percent of Duke’s overall $5.4 billion in operating revenues in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015. Other major revenue sources included: governmental agencies, 10 percent; private grants, 8 percent; investment income, 7 percent; tuition and fees (less aid), 8 percent; auxiliary enterprises, 4 percent; contributions, 2 percent; Private Diagnostic Clinic, 2 percent; other, 6 percent.

Health care services accounted for the largest portion, 39 percent, of Duke’s overall $5.2 billion operating expenditures in fiscal 2014. Instruction and department and libraries accounted for 20 percent, while general and administrative expenditures accounted for 18 percent, and sponsored and budgeted research accounted for 17 percent. Other significant operating expenditures included: auxiliary enterprises, 4 percent; libraries, 3 percent; student services, 1 percent; scholarships, fellowships and grants, 1 percent.

Duke Fundraising
The university is part way through Duke Forward, a seven-year fundraising campaign that aims to raise $3.25 billion by June 30, 2017, to enrich the student experience in and out of the classroom, invest in exceptional faculty, and support research and initiatives focused on training leaders to address some of society’s most pressing challenges. Every dollar donated to Duke’s 10 schools and units, Duke Medicine or university programs and initiatives counts toward the campaign’s goal. To learn more, visit http://dukeforward.duke.edu.  

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Duke University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Duke University.

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Duke Athletics teams compete in the 15-member Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and field teams in 26 NCAA Division I varsity sports. Duke has won national championships in men's basketball (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015), men's soccer (1986), men's lacrosse (2010, 2013, 2014), women's golf (1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014), and women's tennis (2009). More information: www.goduke.com. 

Cameron Indoor Stadium is considered the crown jewel of college basketball. Conceived on the back of a matchbook cover in 1935, Cameron was renovated in the late 1980s and underwent a series of improvements in 2009 to enhance the game-day experience. More information: http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=218099.

The Full Frame Documentary Festival and the internationally renowned American Dance Festival are among the ways Duke supports the arts in Durham. More information: http://visualstudies.duke.edu.

Duke Medicine, which includes the Duke University Health System, the Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke University School of Nursing, combines research, clinical care and education at many different sites throughout the region and beyond. Duke Hospital is the flagship of the broader Duke University Health System, which includes two community hospitals (Durham Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital), affiliations with other hospitals in the region, community-based primary care physician practices, home care, infusion services and hospice care. More information: http://www.dukehealth.org/about_duke

Duke Libraries, one of the nation's top 10 private research library systems, includes the Perkins, Bostock, and Rubenstein Libraries on West Campus, the Lilly and Music Libraries on East Campus, the Pearse Memorial Library at the Duke Marine Lab, and the separately administered libraries serving the schools of business, divinity, law and medicine. More information: http://library.duke.edu

University Archives, part of the Perkins Library system, is the official repository for printed and written materials and photographs that chronicle Duke's past. More information: http://library.duke.edu/uarchives

Duke Performances hosts between 60 and 70 professional performing arts events, including music, theater, dance and talks, on campus each year. Many events are held in Page Auditorium, others are held at Reynolds Industries Theater, Baldwin Auditorium, the Nelson Music Room and other venues.  More information: http://dukeperformances.duke.edu. 

Duke University Press publishes about 120 new books each year, as well as more than 30 scholarly journals. The publications are mainly in the humanities and social sciences, but some cover aspects of law, medicine, the sciences and mathematics. More information: http://www.dukeupress.edu

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Baldwin Auditorium, whose domed roof gives the historic East Campus one of its most unique architectural elements, was built in 1927. An $80 million gift from The Duke Endowment in 2011 paid for major renovations to Baldwin, which reopened with 685 seats in 2013, and to Page Auditorium and West Union. More information: http://arts.duke.edu/artsjournal/grand-re-opening-grand-old-hall

Bryan Center is the hub of student activity. It serves as an expanded student union and is home to student organizations and the University Union, which oversees student-run cultural and social activities. The center contains theaters, restaurants, a coffeehouse, book and merchandise stores, an information desk, post office, ATM machines and more. More information: http://maps.oit.duke.edu/building/44. 

Duke Chapel, an iconic symbol of the university, is at the center of the Gothic West Campus. Built in 1932, the chapel is dominated by a 210-foot tower housing a 50-bell carillon. Washington Duke and his sons Benjamin and James are entombed in the Memorial Chapel. More information: http://www.chapel.duke.edu/. 

Duke Forest, established in 1931, covers more than 7,000 acres in the north-central Piedmont. It serves as a natural outdoor laboratory for Duke and neighboring universities, and its trails are popular with local walkers and runners. The forest is managed for multiple uses, including education, research, protection of wildlife and rare plant species, and demonstration of timber management practices. http://www.dukeforest.duke.edu. 

Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 55 acres of landscaped and woodland gardens in the heart of Duke's West Campus, is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to dusk. Each year more than 300,000 visitors enjoy the gardens' five miles of walkways and more than 8,000 species and varieties of plants. More information: http://www.hr.duke.edu/dukegardens

The Duke Lemur Center, the only university-based facility in the world devoted to the study of prosimian primates, is home to the world's largest colony of endangered primates, including more than 200 lemurs, bush babies and lorises. More than 85 percent of the center's inhabitants were born on site. Tours available. More information: http://lemur.duke.edu. 

The Duke Marine Laboratory, at coastal Beaufort, N.C., is a campus of Duke University and a unit within the Nicholas School of the Environment. Its mission is education and research in basic ocean processes, coastal environment management, marine biotechnology and marine biomedicine. http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab. 

Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, established in 1983 and located on the second floor of the West Union Building on West Campus, features an art gallery, performing space, a library and lounge, and sponsors speakers and events on race, ethnicity and social difference. More information: http://www.studentaffairs.duke.edu/mlw

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, opened in 2005 and is a major center for the arts on campus. The museum serves the university, Research Triangle and surrounding region with an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and educational programs. More information: http://www.nasher.duke.edu

Page Auditorium is Duke's largest theater, with a capacity of 1,200 seats. It has been the site of thousands of performances and lectures since its opening in 1930, including speeches by Sen. John F. Kennedy in 1959 and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964. More information: http://dukeperformances.duke.edu/directions/page-auditorium.

Duke Sports Hall of Fame showcases all of Duke's sports in a public museum featuring video, audio, trophy cases and a theater. The 10,400-square-feet hall is located on the second floor of the Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center next to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Duke's West Campus. More information: http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=227342. 

West Campus Plaza, which opened in fall 2006, is a gathering spot for informal meetings, relaxing, dining and enjoying artistic performances. More information: http://architect.duke.edu/landscape/places/plaza.html

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