Duke Facts

6,532 Undergraduate Students

8,660 Graduate & Professional Students

15,192 Total Students

51,720 Undergraduate Tuition

68,298 Total, including tuition, room and board, fees (not including books, personal expenses)

50% Percentage of Undergraduates Receiving Aid

Duke Undergrads’ Top Five



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

Home States

(class of 2021)

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

Home Countries

(other than U.S.)

  1. China
  2. Canada
  3. Great Britain
  4. Korea
  5. India


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
Sanford School of Public Policy 1971
Nicholas School of the Environment 1991

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
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


Vincent E. Price, President, Duke University

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.

Sally Kornbluth, Provost

Sally Kornbluth Provost

A. Eugene Washington, Chancellor for Health Affairs

A. Eugene Washington Chancellor for Health Affairs

Tallman Trask III, Executive Vice President

Tallman Trask III Executive Vice President/Treasurer

Richard Riddell

Richard Riddell Senior Vice President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees



Fall 2017

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

51% Women

N.C. Residents

Students Returning After First Year

Students Graduating in Four Years

33,110 Applied

1,744 Enrolled

1,879 Degrees Conferred
(July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017)

Graduate & Professional

Fall 2017

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

3,551 Degrees Conferred
(July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017)

Faculty & Staff

Faculty by School or College

Fall 2017

Schools & Colleges Tenure / Tenure Track Other Regular Rank *
Arts and Sciences 492 166
Engineering (Pratt) 112 27
Divinity 30 13
Nicholas School 51 17
Law 49 30
Fuqua 86 14
Sanford School of Public Policy 37 31
Medicine 775 1,585
Nursing 38 48
University Interdisciplinary Centers (UIC’s)   36
Totals 1,670 1,967
All Faculty 3,637

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

Faculty by Rank

Fall 2017

988 Full Professors

454 Associate Professors

228 Assistant Professors

1,670 Total Professors


Full- and part-time including Faculty (July 2017)

Location Number of Employees
Campus 8,532
Schools of Medicine, Nursing
(includes Duke Clinical Research Institute and Private Diagnostic Clinic)
Duke Primary Care (DUAP) * 953
DUHS Clinical Labs * 744
Duke HomeCare & Hospice * 253
Duke Hospital * 9,474
Davis Ambulatory * 60
Duke Raleigh Hospital * 1,457
Duke Regional Hospital * 1,733
DUHS Corporate Services * 1,919
Patient Revenue Management Organization * 1,468
Health and Wellness 73
DIN/Connected Care (Population Health) * 122
Total 38,591

* Duke University Health System


Fall 2016

167,848 Active (including 2017 graduates)

47 Median Age

  • Graduate
  • Professional
  • Undergraduate

Facilities & Properties


Location Number of Acres
East Campus (including Smith Warehouse precinct) 122
West Campus 441
Medical Campus 178
Central Campus 203
Duke Gardens 54
Golf Course (including Washington Duke Inn and jogging trail) 490
Duke Forest 7,044
Marine Lab (Beaufort, N.C.) 15
Total 8,691


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
2017-2018 Arts & Sciences and Engineering $51,720
2017-2018 Room and board (average), mandatory fees
(doesn't include books, personal expenses)
Total $68,298

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.

$47,576 The average need-based grant awarded in 2016-2017

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

$5.7b in Operating Revenues

  • 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

  • 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 $7.9 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017.

$7.9b Market value as of June 30, 2017

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 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s, 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 and 2014), 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 Perkins Library system, 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