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Campus & Student Life at Duke University

Home to about 6,717 undergraduates in 2020, Duke is a large, private university located in Durham, North Carolina. This urban setting might be best suited for students who like the fast-paced city life. Should you tire of the campus however, Duke offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by Duke can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our Duke Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

Duke University is Affiliated With the United Methodist Faith.

Some, but not all, schools with a religious affiliation may require a statement of faith or religious studies component. Contact the school to see what their requirements are. If an affinity with the United Methodist faith interests you, check out our ranking of The Best United Methodist Colleges and Universities.

Duke Has a Disability Services Site

For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit Duke Disability Services.

Duke for the Military

While not a "service academy", Duke does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs and there is an active student veterans group on campus. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit Duke Veteran Services . For more information, check out our Duke for Veterans Guide.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Duke University

Duke not only offers on-campus housing, they require freshmen to live on campus. If you are a returning adult or veteran, you can inquire about being exempted from such a requirement.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Duke University

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at Duke University

Duke has a comparatively large, student body. There were 6,717 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 6,572 (97.8%). Part-time attendance was 145 (2.2%).


Duke University is Ranked #9 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, Duke receives top marks for overall diversity. We rank Duke #9 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at Duke University

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at Duke by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the Duke Diversity Guide.

Duke University Competes in the NCAA

Duke has a total of 652 student athletes, 377 men and 275 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$78,604,895
Total Expenses (all teams)$78,224,565

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to Duke University Athletics

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