Duke University (Durham, SC)

posted Feb 29, 2012, 8:18 PM by Berta Liao   [ updated Feb 29, 2012, 9:06 PM ]
Report prepared by Rosalind Hsu '13

Duke University is a midsize 4-year private research school located in Durham, North Carolina. Duke is organized into two undergraduate and ten graduate and professional schools. There are around 15,000 students at Duke, under 7,000 of which are undergraduates. The student faculty ratio is 8:1. Duke offers several awards, such as the Bachelor's degree, the Postbaccalaureate certificate, the Master's degree, and a couple Doctor's degrees. In 2012, Duke was ranked among the top 12 in the US for its medial, law, public policy, nursing, and business graduate programs. 

The university's campus owns 220 buildings and spans over 35km^2 on three campuses (West, East, Central). The most famous building at Duke is the Duke Chapel at the main campus' epicenter and highest point of elevation. Duke is surrounded by forests (which are used extensively for research); having visited Duke several times myself, I can guarantee that the weather and environment are quite lovely (it doesn't snow!). 

[fun fact: the Duke Lemur Center, located inside the Duke Forest, is the world's largest sanctuary for rare and endangered prosimian primates.] 

Student Body
In Duke University, about 10% of its undergraduates are international students. According to the 2010 enrollment, almost 50% of the students were white, 20% were asian, and the others were mostly black or hispanic. 

Tuition & Admissions Information
The tuition and fees for the enrolled class in 2011 were around 40,000 dollars. Financial aids are offered, ranging from various scholarships to student loans. 
Duke accepts both the SATs and ACTs, but more people submit the SATs. The midrange of the SAT scores range from the higher end of 600 to nearly 800 on all sections. Last year, more than 25,000 students applied, but only 16% of it were admitted. 42% of the admitted students enrolled. The retention rate was 97% in Fall 2011. The graduation rate ranged from the high 80s to mid-90%. 

Duke has a wide range of science-related majors, given that it is a research school (although there are still other categories such as arts). The most popular categories are the Social Sciences, Engineering, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, and the Public Administration and Social Service Professions. 

Student Life
Duke's students are required to live on campus for the first three years of undergraduate life (with a few exceptions). Around 35% of the students are members of fraternities and sororities. There are more than 400 student clubs, including numerous student government and service organizations. According to The Princeton Review, Duke is one of the 81 institutions in the country with outstanding community service programs. 

Duke University is also very well-known for its athletic department, specifically college basketball. The school has 26 varsity sports teams, known as the Blue Devils. (track, base, hockey, swimming) They have won twelve NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) team national championships from the woman's golf team (5), the men's basketball team (4), the men's soccer, women's tennis, and men's lacrosse. In 2010, however, the most popular sport – or the sports with the most varsity players was football (whose teams have also won seven ACC Football Championships). 

Duke was tied for third in alumni giving rate in 2008-09.

Campus Personality "Color" Type
Orange-Green: orange for the social life, and green for the academic focus.