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Duke University, located in Durham, is a private, nonprofit research university that traces its roots to 1838. Home of the Blue Devils, it has 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Read more about Duke University in articles from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

Public or Private: Private
Average High School GPA: No Information
Average SAT Score (Out of 2400): 2020-2300
ACT Score: 30-34
6-Year Graduation Rate: 94%
Acceptance Rate: 14%
Student-Faculty Ratio: 7:1
Undergraduate Enrollment: 6680
Women's College: No
Religious Affiliation: United Methodist
Location: Suburban
Academic Quality
General Education Rating: B
Shakespeare: No
Academic Transparency: Not Transparent
Financial Matters
In State Tuition: $45,376.00
Out of State Tuition: $45,376.00
Average Starting Salary of Graduates: $53,800.00
Average Student Debt of Graduates: $21,713.00
Good Economic Value?: Fair
Percentage of Funding Provided by Taxpayers: 15.00%
Percentage of Alumni who Give: 36.00%
FIRE's Free Speech Rating: Yellow
Alternative Newspaper: Yes
Student Political Involvement: Very Political
Faculty Political Balance: Unbalanced: Democratic
Board of Trustees Political Balance: Unbalanced: Democratic
Pope Center for Higher Education Policy Articles

These articles are primarily about Duke University:

The Cruelty of the Hook-Up Culture: At least one Duke University staff member is acutely aware of the problems of casual sex on campus. (March 7, 2013)

The Curious Case of Overseas Campuses: Universities are opening outposts in distant countries, but it's not clear why. (October 9, 2012)

An Accident of Planned Growth: North Carolina’s Research TrianglePark became a model for government economic development efforts—unfortunately, however, a misleading one. (January 2, 2011)

Misunderestimating Duke's Hookup Culture: Duke University’s president demonstrates cluelessness with a lukewarm attempt to halt the school’s “rich kids gone wild” image. (December 14, 2010)

Standing Athwart: Student publications at North Carolina universities offer an alternative to the establishment opinion. (October 22, 2010)

Adam Smith? Who's He?: It’s time to return the history of economic thought to the college curriculum. (September 1, 2010)

"Endowment Transparency": No, students do not have a right to know how Duke invests its funds. (May 17, 2009)

Duke University on Race: Speakers at a conference believe that racism is still alive, but is this just an academic elite speaking? (April 2, 2009)

"What I learned at Duke University's ""Gaza Teach-In"": Duke's Palestinian supporters left out a few facts during a one-sided event. (March 5, 2009)

Liberal Education or Career Training: A Duke professor says the former is being neglected. (October 9, 2008)

Opening Up the Classroom: Greater transparency through better, more accessible course information. (July 29, 2008)

The Buck Stops Elsewhere at Duke: The Sex Workers Art Show controversy reveals Duke University administrators' inability to face their responsibilities. (February 29, 2008)

Legal Education in North Carolina: A Report for Potential Students, Lawmakers, and the Public (February 25, 2008)

Being an Angry Faculty Radical Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry: Group of 88 protected. (June 25, 2007)

An Editorial Roundup: North Carolina media respond to Mike Nifong trial, disbarment (June 18, 2007)

Duke Praised for Educational Innovations: New report details the Focus and Gerst programs (March 15, 2007)

The Decline and Revival of Liberal Learning at Duke: The Focus and Gerst Programs (March 12, 2007)

Duke's Curtis Crisis: Student files lawsuit claiming grade lowered because of his involvement with lacrosse (January 18, 2007)

Albright, Powell highlight N.C.graduation speakers: Two War on Terrorism leaders to speak (May 10, 2004)

Silliness Washing Over Duke in 2003: Campus appearing like a "politically correct" university ( September 26, 2003)

Campus Intellectual Intolerance is Back: The 70's student radicals are today's professors (July 29, 2002)

Former Black Panther leader decries "fascist" U.S. at Duke (December 1, 2001)

Former Black Panther leader regales Duke University students: War on Terrorism not main topic of speech (November 16, 2001)

Feminist teach-in links "fundamentalism" in the Middle East to (natch) the U.S. (November 15, 2001)

Combined teach-in will focus on the fight against fundamentalism: Teach-in a response to September 11th (October 19, 2001)

Inquiry #12: Faculty Compensation in N.C.: How Our Research Universities Compare with Peer Institutions (September 1, 2001)

National Study Praises Curricula of Three N.C. Schools: Dick Cheney's wife head of organization that ran study (April 19, 2001)

NC research institutions valiantly celebrate female genitalia (March 15, 2001)

Duke Posts High Athlete Grad. Rates, Mixed Findings For UNC: Blue Devils rank second behind Northwestern (November 30, 2000)

Duke University's Slow Response to Death Threats Raises Questions: Little reaction from school over hate mail, physical confrontations (May 7, 1999)

Hacker Hits Duke Computer System: Questions raised about internet security (March 26, 1999)

These articles mention Duke University:

The End of Summer Reading?: Disenchantment with freshman reading sets in across North Carolina. (June 30, 2013)

What It Means to Be a Tar Heel: It's important to take advantage of what is on campus and get out of one's high school mindset. (June 16, 2013)

What First Amendment?: Two federal agencies have imposed a national speech code onto campuses that could end the free exchange of ideas. (May 23, 2013)

Faculty Attack Squad: An attempt to organize North Carolina's progressive faculty gets down and dirty. (April 18, 2013).

Political Correctness: My Top Ten: Universites are immersed in a sea of bias. Here are some indications. (April 2, 2013)

Whither the Humanites?: A scholar with a unique perspective is worried about their future. (March 12, 2013)

A Beachhead for Truth-Seeking: Two North Carolina retirees foster the creation of a model program at Furman University. (February 10, 2013)

Bountiful Harvest or Boondoggle?: Is the North Carolina Research Campus at Kannapolis a good way to spend taxpayer money? (January 6, 2013)

From Wall Street to College Street: All too often, trustees focus on branding, image, and reputation rather than their academic mission. (December 13, 2012)

You Majored in What?: The Pope Center tracked down ten of the strangest college majors in the country. (September 25, 2012)

Misreading the Qur'an, a UNC Tradition: Ten years after selecting a book about the Qur'an that evoked enormous controversy, the same professor is at it again. (September 3, 2012)

Inequality Courses: Some More Equal Than Others: Social inequality should be studied objectively, but most courses are overloaded with leftist beliefs. (May 23, 2012)

How Did Your School Do?: U.S. News and Forbes disagree about North Carolina's colleges, and we have another recommendation (September 29, 2011)

Out of School and Into the Red: Debt-to-salary ratios reveal which North Carolina schools give students a good payback. (September 2, 2011)

A Literary "Groundhog Day": The titles may change somewhat from year to year, but college summer readings stay the same: uninspired, unchallenging, and predictably left-leaning. (June 26,2011)

The Talk on Campus: A semester's worth of public lectures at North Carolina universities reveals the focus of academia. (May 27, 2011)

Subdued Beginnings: The times are somber and the commencement speakers are serious. (May 15, 2011)

The Winners Are...Democrats!: The Pope Center's College Finder project reveals that the faculty at North Carolina colleges are mostly Democrats. (April 8, 2011)

The Endowment Trap: Why should a school create a fund that it never intends to spend? Schools aren’t trust companies; they are educational institutions. (March 29, 2011)

March Money Madness Round II: Which schools in the NCAA tournament saddle their students with the most debt? (March 25, 2011)

March Money Madness: Which schools in the NCAA tournament land their graduates the best-paying jobs? (March 18, 2011)

How Does Your University Measure Up?: The Pope Center and ACTA examine the state of general education at colleges and universities in North Carolina. (February 24, 2011)

Ten Busy Years, Ten Key Events: Higher education has been in a state of turmoil over the past decade, and here are ten of the reasons. (December 29, 2010)

The Truth about Campus Crime: In spite of the headlines, campuses are generally safe; watch out for the neighborhood, though. (December 6, 2010)

Administrative Costs Mushrooming: Rapidly rising numbers of and expense for administrators explain much of the rising cost of college education. (September 15, 2010)

In Defense of Pervasive Sectarianism: A recent ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals places a needless burden on the state’s religiously based private colleges. (August 30, 2010)

The Sad History of Freshman Reading: Freshman readings range from political propaganda to feel-good fluff. (June 18, 2010)

North Carolina Bucks the Trend: While commencement speakers across the nation talked politics, North Carolina’s choices were more restrained. (May 27, 2010)

Ed Schools, Leave Those Teachers Alone: A new study by the University of North Carolina could lead to major reform of education schools. (April 11, 2010)

The Academic-Governmental Complex: Billions of federal dollars send too many unprepared students to college and distort scientific priorities. (March 21, 2010)

Do North Carolina Students Have Freedom of Speech? (February 17, 2010)

Why Are Conservatives Rare on College Faculties?: Seven professors (Munger, Bean, Folsom, Bauerlein, Grabar, Anderson, Bertonneau) comment on a controversial theory. (February 9, 2010)

Yale and Berkeley Flunk This Test: A new interactive rating system grades colleges on what's left of their core curriculum. (October 23, 2009)

It's Summer Time and the Reading is Easy: Freshman “common readings” look like a waste of time when compared to the classics some high schoolers are expected to study. (June 8, 2009)

Democrats at the Podium: In today’s college environment, commencement speakers’ politics should come as no surprise. (May 4, 2009)

Avoiding the Taint of Christmas: The decision not to display Christmas trees at the UNC-Chapel Hill libraries reflects the view that Western culture belongs in the ash heap.  (December 22, 2008)

Time for Academic Truth-in-Advertising: Students should have complete and accurate information about college courses during registration. (July 29, 2008)

The Path Not Taken: The big question at the John Hope Franklin Symposium, why black males are so underrepresented on campus, seemed too sensitive to answer directly.  (July 6, 2008)

Jon Sanders' Top 10 Nuttiest N.C. Campus Events for 2007: Ten of the year’s most absurd, dim-witted, or cringe-inducing incidents on North Carolina’s campuses. (December 30, 2007)

Storming the Academic Fortress: The academic front in the culture war is intensifying. (November 14, 2007)

Jumping on the Climate Change Bandwagon: Higher education leaders across N.C. sign a  pledge. (October 17, 2007)

To Be or Not To Be: Shakespeare in the English Department (September 27, 2007)

Summer Reading Selections: A list of summer reading offerings at campuses across the state (July 20, 2007)

The Top 10 Nuttiest Campus Events in 2006: A look back (December 27, 2006)

The Top 10 Nuttiest Campus Events in N.C. for 2004: Professors agree that conservatives are dumb (December 10, 2004)

The Top 10 Nuttiest Campus Events in N.C. for 2003 (December 31, 2003)

 Poking fun at campus news items in verse: A look at recent campus events (September 5, 2003)

Every two issues, a college journalist misuses rape statistics: DTH fails to give source for information (April 30, 2003)

The Top 10 Nuttiest Campus Events in N.C. for 2002: A look back at 2002 (December 20, 2002)

Conservatives on campus speak out against ideological intolerance: Campuses not truly diverse (December 13, 2002)

N.C. universities continue to chase diversity, but at what cost?: Preferences need justification (November 22, 2002)

N.C. colleges keep up with national trend toward sexualizing courses, events: Campuses foster hypersexualized atmosphere (March 15, 2002)

Students fight back against anti-war sentiment on campus: Many NC campus organizations get involved (November 9, 2001)