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Duke University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Duke University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Duke University Ranked?

Quality Badge

2020 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 188 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is public administration and social service.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Duke as #1 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Duke held the #3 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Duke also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in North Carolina ranking.

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

At Duke, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 7 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

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 90%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  90 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Duke University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 97% 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  97 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 86%, which is better than 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.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Duke

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,696 undergraduates at Duke with 6,669 being full-time and 27 being part-time.

Duke Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 99.63 out of 100, Duke is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.63 out of 100
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How Much Does Duke University Cost?

The overall average net price of Duke is $35,737. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Duke, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $6,114 a year. That adds up to $24,456 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Duke is 0.6%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Duke make around $84,400 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Duke students since it is 107% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 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 located in Durham, North Carolina. Durham is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Duke University

Contact details for Duke are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-684-8111

Duke University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 73 majors graduated from Duke University. Of these students, 2,280 received undergraduate degrees and 3,746 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 252 $99,600
Economics 223 $89,800
Public Policy 196 $59,300
General Biology 167 $34,300
General Psychology 140 $39,100
Nursing 138 $62,700
Political Science & Government 108 $47,400
Computer Engineering 103 $95,200
Biomedical Engineering 101 $71,700
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 85 $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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 1,010 students took at least one online class at Duke University. This is an increase from the 908 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,010 790
2016-2017 908 701
2015-2016 940 768
2014-2015 784 512
2013-2014 884 377

Learn more about online learning at Duke University.

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