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Duke University Data & Information Overview

483 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
6% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Duke University Ranked?

#7 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in NC
Education Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 483 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Duke as #7 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

Duke is also ranked #1 out of 93 schools in North Carolina.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Duke?

6% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
47% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 6%, Duke is one of the most selective schools in the country. Good grades and high test scores alone may not be enough to get you into the school, so do your best to submit a stellar application.

Average Test Scores

About 47% 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 725 and 765. Math scores were between 743 and 793.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Duke University  ( 725 to 765 )

SAT Math Scores for Duke University  ( 743 to 793 )
Duke received ACT scores from 46% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 33 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Duke University  ( 33 to 35 )

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Duke University Faculty

6 to 1 Student to Faculty
92% Full Time Teachers

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 92%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  92 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Duke University

98% Freshmen Retention
88% On-Time Graduation Rate

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

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Duke for first-time, full-time students is 88%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  88 out of 100

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

Duke University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,572 Full-Time Undergraduates
46.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
50.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,717 undergraduates at Duke with 6,572 being full-time and 145 being part-time.

How Much Does Duke University Cost?

$32,459 Net Price
20% Take Out Loans
$30,360 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Duke is $32,459. 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 20% of students took out student loans averaging $7,590 a year. That adds up to $30,360 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Duke is 0.3%. 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?

$93,115 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Duke make around $93,115 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Duke graduates since it is 119% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Duke University

North Carolina State
6,572 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
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

Duke University Majors

86 Majors With Completions
2,422 Undergraduate Degrees
4,251 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 86 majors graduated from Duke University. Of these students, 2,422 received undergraduate degrees and 4,251 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 345 $115,135
Public Policy 190 $51,435
General Biology 177 $20,909
Economics 161 $94,699
Nursing 147 $65,409
Child Development & Psychology 131 NA
Political Science & Government 105 $43,130
Computer Engineering 102 $108,817
Biomedical Engineering 93 $67,573
Mechanical Engineering 90 $71,314

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

Online Learning at Duke

24% Take At Least One Class Online
5% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 4,199 students took at least one online class at Duke University. This is a decrease from the 8,714 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 4,199 904
2019-2020 8,714 4,862
2018-2019 997 784
2017-2018 1,010 790
2016-2017 908 701

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.


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