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If you want to know more about Duke University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Duke University Ranked?

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2021 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 174 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general psychology.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Duke as #2 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

Out of the 56 colleges in North Carolina, Duke is ranked at #1.

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 7 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 93%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  93 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Duke University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Duke University has a freshmen retention rate of 97%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 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.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Duke

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,649 undergraduates at Duke with 6,597 being full-time and 52 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 racial-ethnic 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 99.57 out of 100, Duke is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.57 out of 100
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How Much Does Duke University Cost?

The overall average net price of Duke is $23,442. 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 0.6%. 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?

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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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 81 majors graduated from Duke University. Of these students, 2,303 received undergraduate degrees and 4,140 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 282 $99,600
Economics 218 $89,800
Public Policy 176 $59,300
General Biology 164 $34,300
Nursing 146 $62,700
General Psychology 142 $39,100
Computer Engineering 119 $95,200
Political Science & Government 106 $47,400
Biomedical Engineering 99 $71,700
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 92 $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 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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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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