College Details

Duke University was founded in 1838 as Trinity College. The school moved to Durham, N.C. from Randolph County in 1892, where it was primarily supported by Benjamin Newton Duke. His brother, James B. Duke, created the Duke Endowment in 1924, allowing Trinity College to expand into Duke University. U.S. News & World Report ranks Duke 10th in the “Best Colleges, National Universities” list of 2011. Notable alumni include Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who attended Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and Texas Congressman and two-time presidential candidate Ron Paul, who attended Duke’s School of Medicine.

Programs Offered

Duke encompasses 10 schools and colleges for undergraduate and graduate programs, including Fuqua School of Business, ranked 12th for “Best Business School,” and School of Law, ranked 11th for “Best Law School” by U.S. News and World Report. Trinity College of Arts & Sciences offers more than 40 majors and more than 20 interdisciplinary certificates in 37 departments. Graduate students also have access to a highly selective dual master’s degree program during the third year, and may participate in a MD/JD program through Duke’s School of Medicine and School of Law, a JD/MBA through the School of Law and Fuqua School of Business, or an MBA/MSN through the Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy, as well as a number of other joint graduate degree offerings. For those who want to take their studies abroad, international programs are established in Africa, China, Europe, Latin America, and several other locations.


Duke University has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges since 1895. Among Duke’s specialized accreditations are the American Psychological Association since 1948, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education since 2003, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education since 1991. The American Bar Association has accredited Duke University since 1931, and the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools has accredited Duke University since 1939.


The undergraduate admissions application to Duke University through regular decision and ACT or SAT scores are due with an application fee. Duke University does not require a minimum score for either the ACT or SAT, nor a minimum GPA, but the school reports the 2015 class middle 50% range SAT or ACT scores for SAT Verbal/ Critical reading as 680-780, for SAT Math as 690-790, for SAT Writing as 690-790, and for ACT composite as 31-34. Duke encourages significant extracurricular commitment, and most undergraduates have graduated from the top 10% of their secondary school class, and about 1,700 students are accepted for undergraduate enrollment every year.

Students who have submitted the Duke Student Supplement will be contacted by a Duke alumni representative to schedule an interview. Three recommendations are required for Duke undergraduate applicants: one from a guidance counselor and two recommendations from teachers within the last two years of secondary school. Graduate applicants must submit transcripts from attended undergraduate or graduate institutions, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose between one to two pages single-spaced, GRE scores, and undergraduate GPA. Additional requirements from specific departments and programs may apply.

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Address : Durham, NC 27708, United States

Acceptance rate : 10.4% (2016)

Enrollment : 14,950 (2015)