Duke University

Duke University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Duke University Ranked?

Quality Badge

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Duke University was awarded 775 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is genome sciences/genomics.

Overall Quality

Duke landed the #9 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

Duke is also ranked #1 out of 113 schools in North Carolina.

See all of the rankings for Duke University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Duke?

Acceptance Rate

Duke University has a very low acceptance rate of 10%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Duke just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 31% of students accepted to Duke submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 670 and 750. Math scores were between 710 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Duke University  ( 670 to 750 )

SAT Math Scores for Duke University  ( 710 to 790 )
Duke received ACT scores from 70% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Duke University  ( 31 to 35 )

Learn more about Duke University admissions.

Duke University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Duke is an impressive 6 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Duke University is 94%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  94 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Duke University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 98% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Duke University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  98 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Duke the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 86%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  86 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Duke University.

Duke University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,649 undergraduates at Duke with 6,597 being full-time and 52 being part-time.

How Much Does Duke University Cost?

The overall average net price of Duke is $27,020. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Duke, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Duke, approximately 25% of students took out student loans averaging $7,502 a year. That adds up to $30,008 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Duke is 0.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Duke Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Duke with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $84,400 in their early years. That's great news for Duke students since it is 112% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Duke University make the most money.

Location of Duke University

Duke University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Durham, North Carolina. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Duke are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-684-8111
Website: www.duke.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DukeUniv
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DukeU

Duke University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 81 majors graduated from Duke University. Of these students, 2,276 received undergraduate degrees and 4,237 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 339 $99,600
Public Policy 233 $59,300
Economics 219 $89,800
General Biology 165 $34,300
Nursing 133 $62,700
Political Science & Government 131 $47,400
Computer Engineering 107 $95,200
Mechanical Engineering 91 $73,500
Biomedical Engineering 89 $71,700
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 78 $39,900

Learn more about the majors offered at Duke University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Duke

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 997 students took at least one online class at Duke University. This is a decrease from the 1,010 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 997 784
2017-2018 1,010 790
2016-2017 908 701
2015-2016 940 768
2013-2014 884 377

Learn more about online learning at Duke University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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