Duke University


Duke University is a mid-sized, private, research university located in Durham, North Carolina. Duke offers a rigorous academic program with exceptional flexibility in course selection and degree program. Interdisciplinary study is central to the undergraduate experience. It challenges students to bridge varying interests and encourages them to take their academic interests beyond the classroom by studying abroad or engaging in research. Duke is among the most community-oriented of the nation’s major universities. Due to its need-blind admissions policy for all U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, the student body represents all backgrounds. From orientation forward, school spirit and a sense of belonging permeate the Duke campus.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Summer Experience Pre Orientation Move-In

Duke provides a pre-orientation program for first-generation students. This program assists students and their families as they transition from high school to college by giving them additional resources and support prior to Duke’s First-Year Orientation.

Pre-College Summer Experience The Talent Identification Program (TIP)

Duke offers a number of Talent Identification Programs, summer academic camps ranging in focus from sciences to the arts. Financial aid is available for all of these programs, which take place on the Duke campus. These programs give high school students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with a college environment while broadening their academic and life experiences. TIP offers advanced summer studies courses, including creative writing, psychology, pre-law studies, and leadership, through eight different institutes.

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Blue Devil Days, Black Student Alliance Invitational Weekend, and Latino Student Recruitment Weekend

As students who have been admitted to Duke University make their final college choices, Duke provides three major spring opportunities to visit the campus: Blue Devil Days, Black Student Alliance Invitational Weekend, and Latino Student Recruitment Weekend. These provide time for students to spend the night in a residence hall as the guest of a current student, to attend classes, to meet other prospective students and to see for themselves that Duke is the right match for them.

Academic Advising & Support Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center is open to all students at Duke. It provides a variety of academic resources in both a ‘group-learning’ environment and individualized sessions. Learn more about Academic Resource Center

Mentoring 1G Network

The 1G Network is a community of first-generation students and administrators that discuss academic, social and cultural issues relevant to students who are first in their family to attend college. All first generation college student mentoring and support is coordinated and managed by the director of access and outreach in the Offices of Undergraduate Education and Undergraduate Financial Aid.

Student Diversity

  • 6,485
  • 51/49
  • 10%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 22%
  • 10%
    Black or African American
  • 7%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 46%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 4%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 10%

Student Success

  • 97%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 95%
    Six-year graduation
  • 95%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 82%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 4,807
    Full-time faculty
  • 1,060
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 8:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Public Policy, Economics, Psychology, Biology, Biomedical Engineering

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Center for Multicultural Affairs; Center for Race Relations; Black Student Alliance; Mi Gente; Native American Student Alliance; Asian Students Association; Diya- The South Asian Association of Duke; International House; Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Center for Muslim Life, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture


Cost of Attendance

  • $51,510
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $15,116
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $105,700,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $47,640
    Average aid package
  • $19,104
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 12%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 43%
    Students with financial need
  • 55%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 40%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 31,150
    # of applicants
  • 11%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 33
    ACT Composite
  • 690—790
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 710—800
    SAT Math
  • 700—790
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $85
    Application Fee
  • $85
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date