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Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

About Duke University

Duke University is one of the wealthiest private universities in the world, attracting scholars from all over the globe. A coed, medium-sized, 4-year undergraduate institution, Duke is nestled in the vibrant suburbs of Durham, with most of their student body opting for residential housing.

A Brief History
A brief history

Founded in 1838, Duke was named for the deceased father, Washington Duke, of respected benefactor James Buchanan Duke.

General info
General information

Duke is home to 10 different colleges covering both undergraduate and graduate study, including the highly respected Fuqua School of Business and Pratt School of Engineering.


Acceptance Rate

1500 - 1560

Average SAT Score

33 - 35

Average ACT Score

3.7 - 4.0

GPA Aim (top of class)
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Quick facts about Duke

  • Undergrad degree: 4 year liberal arts
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Setting: Suburban
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 6,682 (approx)
  • Number of Freshman: 1,744 (approx)
  • Acceptance Rate: 5.8%
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What is the median starting salary of Duke graduates?

$65,300 USD

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How hard is it to get into Duke?

Very! Duke’s acceptance rate is below 8%.

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Notable alumni

Duke boasts more than 180,000 alumni. 15 Nobel laureates have been associated with the university as well as 2 heads of state and 12 Pulitzer Prize winners. Notable alumni include former US president Richard Nixon, musician Mike Posner and Abigail Johnston, who won a silver medal in synchronised diving at the 2012 Summer Olympics while an undergraduate at Duke and competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics while attending Duke Medical School.

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