Duke University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$55,880
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$26,932
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
0.388%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
7.74%
39,639 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
16,172
94.9% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
95.5%
1,642 Graduates

About

Duke University is a higher education institution located in Durham County, NC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Duke University were Computer Science (339 degrees awarded), General Public Policy Analysis (233 degrees), and Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (218 degrees).

In 2020, 6,971 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Duke University. 52.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,901 degrees), 3.13 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (926 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Duke University is $55,880, which is $27,251 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Duke University is $55,880, which is $27,251 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $26,932.

In 2020, 58% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 18% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$55,880
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Duke University was $55,880. The cost of tuition at Duke University is $27,251 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$26,932
2020 Value
10.4%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Duke University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $26,932. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Duke University grew by 10.4%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,313
Room and Board
$1,434
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Duke University was of $16,313 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,434. The cost of room and board increased by 2.31% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 13.8% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

58%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
18%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

58% of undergraduate students at Duke University received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 58% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.388%
2018 Default Rate
8
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Duke University was 0.388%, which represents 8 out of the 2064 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Duke University received 39,639 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 5.5% annual decline. Out of those 39,639 applicants, 3,068 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 7.74% acceptance rate.

There were 16,172 students enrolled at Duke University in 2020, and 60% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Duke University has an overall enrollment yield of 51.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

7.74%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
3,068
Accepted Out of 39,639

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Duke University was 7.74% (3,068 admissions from 39,639 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 7.6%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −5.5%, while admissions declined by −3.73%.

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SAT Scores

60%
Submission Percentage
954
Scores Submitted

60% of enrolled first-time students at Duke University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Duke University has a total enrollment of 16,172 students. The full-time enrollment at Duke University is 15,352 students and the part-time enrollment is 820. This means that 94.9% of students enrolled at Duke University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Duke University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 43.9% White, 14.1% Asian, 7.49% Hispanic or Latino, 7.27% Black or African American, 4.24% Two or More Races, 0.34% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0618% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Duke University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (20.4%), followed by White Female (20.1%) and Asian Male (10.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (26%), followed by White Male (20.2%) and Asian Female (4.74%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

94.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Duke University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 16,172 students. The full-time enrollment at Duke University is 15,352 and the part-time enrollment is 820. This means that 94.9% of students enrolled at Duke University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

97%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Duke University was 97%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), Duke University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    7,106
  2. Asian
    2,284
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,211

The enrolled student population at Duke University is 43.9% White, 14.1% Asian, 7.49% Hispanic or Latino, 7.27% Black or African American, 4.24% Two or More Races, 0.34% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0618% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 692 students (4.28%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 291 more women than men received degrees from Duke University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Duke University is white (2,901 degrees awarded). There were 3.13 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (926 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Duke University is Computer Science (339 degrees awarded), followed by General Public Policy Analysis (233 degrees) and Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (218 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Duke University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Natural Resources & Conservation (200 degrees awarded), Theology (175 degrees), and Legal (357 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Duke University are Clergy (111,707 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (53,725 people), Other managers (50,063 people), Postsecondary teachers (35,975 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (31,154 people).

The most specialized majors at Duke University are Natural Resources & Conservation (200 degrees awarded), Theology (175 degrees), Legal (357 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (72 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (69 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Duke University are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Chief executives & legislators, Dentists, and Sales managers

The most specialized majors at Duke University are Natural Resources & Conservation (200 degrees awarded), Theology (175 degrees), Legal (357 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (72 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (69 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Duke University are Religious organizations (122,396 people), Elementary & secondary schools (79,953 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (76,910 people), Legal services (50,450 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (34,752 people).

The most specialized majors at Duke University are Natural Resources & Conservation (200 degrees awarded), Theology (175 degrees), Legal (357 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (72 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (69 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Duke University.
Most Common
  1. 339 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 233 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 218 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Duke University was Computer Science with 339 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,340
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
3,631
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 3,340 degrees were awarded to men at Duke University, which is 0.92 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,631).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 453 degrees were awarded to men at Duke University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.42 times more than the 319 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 319 degrees were awarded to women at Duke University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.704 times less than the 453 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

87%
100% Completion Time
96%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 87% of students graduating from Duke University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 96% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 96% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Duke University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.28% of graduates (21 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,901 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    926 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    434 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Duke University is white (2,901 degrees awarded). There were 3.13 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (926 degrees).

3.01% of degree recipients (210 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,538 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,363 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    494 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Duke University is white female (1,538 degrees awarded). There were 1.13 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,363 degrees).

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Operations

Duke University has an endowment valued at nearly $8.47B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $151M (1.79%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Duke University had a total salary expenditure of $6.86B. Duke University employs 692 Professors, 282 Associate professors, and 224 Assistant professors. Most academics at Duke University are Male Professors (500), Female Professors(192), and Male Associate professors (165).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Duke University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 1119 employees, Management, with 1110 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 1065 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$8.47B
2020 Endowment
1.57%
decline from 2019

Duke University has an endowment valued at about $8.47B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Duke University declined 1.57% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $8.17B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $784M - Federal
  2. $62.4M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Duke University received $784M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $62.4M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$2.93B
2020 Salaries
6.39%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Duke University paid a median of $2.93B in salaries, which represents 42.7% of their overall expenditure ($6.86B) and a 6.39% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.53% growth from 2018 and a 5.82% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$219M
Instructional Salaries
1,421
Number of Employees

In 2020, Duke University paid a total of $219M to 1,421 employees working as instructors, which represents 7.47% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
692 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1119 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Duke University were Professor with 692 employees; Associate professor with 282 employees; and Associate professor with 224 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Duke University were Business and Financial Operations with 1,119 employees; Management with 1,110 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 1,065 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Duke University was Male Professor with 500 employees, Female Professor with 192 employees, and Male Associate professor with 165 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Duke University.

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