Duke Facts

6,526 Undergraduate Students

9,108 Graduate & Professional Students

15,634 Total Students

55,880 Undergraduate Tuition (2020-21)

78,828 Total, including tuition, room and board, fees, supplies, books, personal expenses (2020-21)

52% Percentage of Undergraduates Receiving Aid

Duke Undergrads’ Top Five


(Class of 2023)

  1. Computer Science
  2. Economics
  3. Public Policy
  4. Biology
  5. Psychology

Home States

(Class of 2023)

  1. North Carolina
  2. California
  3. New York
  4. Florida
  5. New Jersey

Home Countries

(Class of 2023, other than U.S.)

  1. China
  2. India
  3. Korea
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Canada


Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman’s College of Duke University until 1972, when the men’s and women’s undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Schools & Colleges

College or School Established
Trinity College of Arts & Sciences 1859
School of Law 1904
Divinity School 1926
Graduate School 1926
School of Medicine 1930
School of Nursing 1931
Pratt School of Engineering 1939
Fuqua School of Business 1969
Nicholas School of the Environment 1991
Sanford School of Public Policy 2009

Institutes & Centers

A cornerstone of Duke’s commitment to inquiry across disciplines, university-wide institutes and initiatives foster problem-focused education, research, and engagement to generate knowledge in the service of society.

Institute or Center Established
Institute of Policy Sciences & Public Affairs 1971
John Hope Franklin Institute at Duke University 1999
The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University 2001
Social Science Research Institute 2003
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions 2005
Duke Global Health Institute 2006
Duke Institute for Brain Sciences 2007
Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship 2010
Duke Energy Initiative 2011
Information Initiative at Duke 2013
Duke Science & Society 2013
Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology 2014


President Price portrait

Vincent E. Price President

Vincent E. Price is the 10th President of Duke University, where he is also Walter Hines Page Professor of Public Policy and Political Science in the Sanford School of Public Policy and Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.

Tallman Trask portrait

Tallman Trask III Executive Vice President/Treasurer

Provost Sally Kornbluth portrait

Sally Kornbluth Provost

Eugene Washington

A. Eugene Washington Chancellor for Health Affairs



Fall 2019

  • Other/Unknown
  • Hispanic
  • Foreign
  • African-American
  • Asian-American
  • Caucasian

52% Women

N.C. Residents

Students Returning After First Year

Students Graduating in Four Years

41,497 Applied

1,730 Enrolled

2,387 Degrees Conferred
(July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)

Graduate & Professional

Fall 2019

  • Other/Unknown
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • African-American
  • Asian-American
  • Foreign
  • Caucasian

3,873 Degrees Conferred
(July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)

Faculty & Staff

Faculty by School or College

Fall 2019

Schools & Colleges Tenure / Tenure Track Other Regular Rank *
Arts and Sciences 497 188
Engineering (Pratt) 126 41
Divinity 25 11
Nicholas School 48 15
Law 47 31
Fuqua 92 13
Sanford School of Public Policy 33 28
Medicine 783 1,771
Nursing 37 48
University Interdisciplinary Centers (UIC’s)   36
Totals 1,688 2,182
All Faculty 3,870

* Includes professors of the practice, research professors, lecturers, clinical professors and medical associates.

Faculty by Rank

Fall 2019

1,011 Full Professors

471 Associate Professors

206 Assistant Professors

1,688 Total Tenured/Tenured Track Professors


Full- and part-time including Faculty (July 2020)

Location Number of Employees
Campus 8,852
Schools of Medicine, Nursing
(includes Duke Clinical Research Institute and Private Diagnostic Clinic)
Duke Primary Care (DUAP) * 1,249
DUHS Clinical Labs * 850
Duke HomeCare & Hospice * 321
Duke Hospital * 10,595
Davis Ambulatory * 82
Duke Raleigh Hospital * 1,843
Duke Regional Hospital * 1,945
DUHS Corporate Services * 2,195
Patient Revenue Management Organization * 1,614
Health and Wellness 77
DIN/Connected Care (Population Health) * 174
Total 42,479

* Duke University Health System


Spring 2020

176,592 Active

47 Median Age

  • Graduate
  • Professional
  • Undergraduate

Facilities & Properties


Location Number of Acres
East Campus (including Smith Warehouse precinct) 172
West Campus 442
Medical Campus 283
Central Campus 200
Duke Gardens 54
Golf Course (including Washington Duke Inn and jogging trail) 483
Duke Forest 7,044
Marine Lab (Beaufort, N.C.) 15
Total 8,693


Durham Campus

(Excludes maintenance and support facilities)

Building Type Number of Buildings
Academic and Research 82
Medical Center 76
Athletics and Recreation 22
Residence Halls and Apartments 76
Total 256

Financial Data

Undergraduate Tuition & Expenses

Tuition & Fees Cost
2020-2021 Arts & Sciences and Engineering $57,934
2020-2021 Room and board, fees, supplies, books, personal expenses (average)
Total $78,828

Financial Aid

Duke is committed to a need-blind admission policy, which means it admits applicants from the United States without consideration of their families’ ability to pay tuition and other college costs.

$54,225 The average need-based grant awarded in 2019-2020

Amount of a student’s demonstrated financial need met by Duke

Amount of Duke students that receive some form of financial aid

Operating Revenues, Operating Expenditures

$6.8b in Operating Revenues (for fiscal year that ended June 30, 2019)

  • Other
  • Private Diagnostic Clinic
  • Contributions
  • Auxiliary Enterprises
  • Tuition & Fees (less aid)
  • Investment Incomes
  • Private Grants
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Duke University Health System Patient Services

$5.5b in Operating Expenditures (for fiscal year that ended June 30, 2019)

  • Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants
  • Libraries
  • Student Services
  • Auxiliary Enterprises
  • Sponsored & Budgeted Research
  • General & Administrative Expenditures
  • Instruction & Departmental Research
  • Duke University Health System Patient Services

Duke Endowment

The provisions of James B. Duke’s $40 million indenture in 1924 created Duke University’s initial endowment. Those funds had a market value of $8.6 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2019.

$8.6b Market value as of June 30, 2019

Designations of Endowed Funds

  • Professorships
  • Instruction & Research
  • Unrestricted
  • Restricted/Other
  • Financial Aid

Duke Fundraising

$3.85b Raised over seven years

Duke Forward, the largest fundraising campaign in Duke University history, concluded on June 30, 2017, raising $3.85 billion over the previous seven years. Record giving by more than 315,000 donors and foundations helped propel Duke Forward past its original goal of $3.25 billion.

The comprehensive campaign, which began in 2010, benefitted all 10 of Duke’s graduate and undergraduate schools, Duke Athletics, Duke Libraries, Duke Health and a range of university-wide initiatives and programs. It transformed the physical campus and funded priorities such as financial aid, faculty development, research and patient care, and hands-on learning opportunities for students.


Duke University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Duke University.


Duke Athletics teams compete in the 15-member Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and field teams in 27 NCAA Division I varsity sports. Duke has won national championships in women’s golf (1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014 and 2019), men’s basketball (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015), men’s soccer (1986), men’s lacrosse (2010, 2013 and 2014) and women’s tennis (2009). Duke Athletics

Duke Medicine, which includes the Duke University Health System, the Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke University School of Nursing, combines research, clinical care and education at many different sites throughout the region and beyond. Duke Hospital is the flagship of the broader Duke University Health System, which includes two community hospitals (Duke Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital), affiliations with other hospitals in the region, community-based primary care physician practices, home care, infusion services and hospice care. Duke Medicine

Duke Libraries, one of the nation’s top 10 private research library systems, includes the Perkins, Bostock and Rubenstein Libraries on West Campus, the Lilly and Music Libraries on East Campus, the Pearse Memorial Library at the Duke Marine Lab, and the separately administered libraries serving the schools of business, divinity, law and medicine. Duke Libraries

The Duke Marine Laboratory, at coastal Beaufort, N.C., is a campus of Duke University and a unit within the Nicholas School of the Environment. Its mission is education and research in basic ocean processes, coastal environment management, marine biotechnology and marine biomedicine. The Duke Marine Laboratory

Bryan Center is the hub of student activity. It serves as an expanded student union and is home to student organizations and the University Union, which oversees student-run cultural and social activities. The center contains theaters, restaurants, a coffeehouse, book and merchandise stores, an information desk, post office, ATM machines and more. Bryan Center

Duke University Press publishes about 120 new books each year, as well as more than 30 scholarly journals. The publications are mainly in the humanities and social sciences, but some cover aspects of law, medicine, the sciences and mathematics. Duke University Press

The Richard H. Brodhead Center for Campus Life, which opened in fall 2006, is a gathering spot for informal meetings, relaxing, dining and enjoying artistic performances. West Campus Plaza

University Archives, part of the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, is the official repository for printed and written materials and photographs that chronicle Duke’s past. University Archives

The Duke Lemur Center, the only university-based facility in the world devoted to the study of prosimian primates, is home to the world’s largest colony of endangered primates, including more than 200 lemurs, bush babies and lorises. More than 85 percent of the center’s inhabitants were born on site. Tours available. The Duke Lemur Center

Cameron Indoor Stadium is considered the crown jewel of college basketball. Conceived on the back of a matchbook cover in 1935, Cameron was renovated in the late 1980s and underwent a series of improvements in 2009 to enhance the game-day experience. Cameron Indoor Stadium

Duke Chapel, an iconic symbol of the university, is at the center of the Gothic West Campus. Built in 1932, the chapel is dominated by a 210-foot tower housing a 50-bell carillon. Washington Duke and his sons Benjamin and James are entombed in the Memorial Chapel. Duke Chapel

Duke Forest, established in 1931, covers more than 7,000 acres in the north-central Piedmont. It serves as a natural outdoor laboratory for Duke and neighboring universities, and its trails are popular with local walkers and runners. The forest is managed for multiple uses, including education, research, protection of wildlife and rare plant species, and demonstration of timber management practices. Duke Forest 

Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 55 acres of landscaped and woodland gardens in the heart of Duke’s West Campus, is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to dusk. Each year more than 300,000 visitors enjoy the gardens’ five miles of walkways and more than 8,000 species and varieties of plants. Sarah P. Duke Gardens

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, opened in 2005 and is a major center for the arts on campus. The museum serves the university, Research Triangle and surrounding region with an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and educational programs. The Nasher Museum of Art