Duke University is a selective, private research university that calls Durham, NC, home. Founded originally as Trinity College in 1838, it was renamed by tobacco tycoon James Buchanan Duke in 1924 and became the “Gothic Wonderland” campus it is today. Duke offers two undergraduate academic paths, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and Pratt School of Engineering, that together offer 53 majors and 52 minors, as well as “Program II,” which allows students to create their own curriculum. The Duke campus is 9,000 acres, 7,200 of which is forested, and is comprised of 200 buildings, of those, 12 are research institutes. For students interested in expanding their academic playground, Duke Global offers programs in 20 countries.
Duke's a diverse school with students of all sorts of races and backgrounds. The education is vigorous, so you'll get out whatever you put in. There are hundreds of student groups, academic opportunities and living environments to choose from, so once you've found your niche you'll have discovered that Duke is more than just a university, it's an entire college experience.
Elisabeth from Durham, NC
Duke is an amazing school with an incredible, if sometimes overwhelming, number of opportunities available every day. Duke administration and students work to be academically, artistically, and socially open to new things and representative of the incredibly diverse student body. A Duke student is sure to have a one of a kind experience and is sure to find a place they feel at home.