Duke University

103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

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Duke University is a private, four-year, not-for-profit institution of higher learning located in the city of Durham, North Carolina that was founded in 1838.


Duke University is a 4-year, private, not for profit institution located in Durham, North Carolina. Duke began in 1924 in memory of Washing Duke, the father of James Buchanan Duke, the founder. What was to become Duke was called Trinity College and before that it was a Methodist and Quaker school called Union Institute. Duke’s east campus was originally Woman’s College of Duke University until 1972 when the West and East campuses merged. The School of Religion and the Graduate School opened in 1926; the Medical School and hospital opened in 1930; the School of Nursing opened in 1931; the School of Forestry in 1938. It is important to note that Duke University maintains its connections and relationship with the United Methodist Church.

The mission of Duke University is modeled on its founder, James Buchanan Duke’s vision for the school. In February of 2001, the Board of Trustees revised the mission of the school, as follows:

...the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skills and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learnings using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth…

This mission statement also coincides with Duke University’s commitment to their Strategic Plan, which aims to help keep Duke evolving and improving as a center of knowledge, culture, and community.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Duke University. Independent agencies and organizations also accredit some individual programs and schools of Duke University. The theological school, for example, is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The School of Medicine is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AHRPP). The Fuqua School of Business is accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Nursing School is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Other programs have earned or are in the process of earning accreditation as well.

Duke offers its students many non-academic opportunities for community building, learning, and socializing. The Durham campus includes landmarks like Duke Chapel, Nasher Museum of Art, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke Forest, and the Duke Lemur Center. Duke athletics is a huge part of the school’s history and pride. Duke’s Blue Devils athletic programs include: Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Field Hockey, Rowing, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling, and Track and Field. Duke offers students an arts and collaboration space called the Arts Annex, wherein students can take advantage of resources, studio spaces, and performance spaces for the purposes of furthering artistic pursuits within the Duke community. Duke has over 400 student-led organizations on campus. From Africa Conversations Club to Greek Life to Amnesty International to a chapter of the American Society for Civil Engineers, there are many opportunities for civil and social engagement. It is important to note that Duke University offers veterans services and opportunities to acquire community resources, as well as a number of financial and other benefits through Veterans Affairs and the university itself.


Duke University is comprised of the following schools: Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Divinity School, the Graduate School, Fuqua School of Business, School of Law, School of Medicine, Sanford School of Public Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, School of Nursing, and the Pratt School of Engineering. Duke is also home to the following institutes: Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Kenan Institute of Ethics, the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke Global Health Institute, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Social Sciences Research Institute and Interdisciplinary Studies.


In addition to the traditional on campus programs of study, Duke also offers many online courses and programs. Students can pursue the Legal Nurse Consultant program, Paralegal Program, a Paralegal Specialist Certificate, a Certificate in Non-Profit Management, and a Management Training Program.


Duke enrolls approximately 15,386 students, out of which 6,665 are undergraduates. Around 8,731 are adult age (25 years old or older). Little to no undergraduate students are enrolled in distance education and around 4% of graduate students are enrolled in some distance education. Around 14% of the over 28,000 prospective students who apply to Duke are admitted and 44% of admitted students enroll.

Prospective students should request more information to learn more details about Duke University.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    United Methodist
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
  • Total Enrollments:
  • Percent Admitted:
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