Academics

Location
Durham, NC
Undergrads
6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Pre-med is hard. Normal students take four classes that meet twice a week (8 meetings per week in total) whereas pre=med students have labs, recitations/discussions, and lectures. I have 14 class meetings per week

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Duke is known for its academics. Everyone is very smart and they're expected to try their hardest.

College Freshman

Academics: Undecided at the moment. But the only part of the system that sucks is that you're given an academic advisor who likely knows nothing about your prospective major/majors; you have to declare before you get an advisor in your field.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Even the "easy" classes are hard. YOu'd also be hard pressed to find a professor who you didn't think was a genius. Even hated professors, professors who bore their students to tears, and professors who pick favorites and grade unfairly are unmatched when it comes it intellect, knowledge, about the subject, and experience in their fields. The curriculum and workload, of course, varies by class.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Professors - especially art history professors - are extremely great and very passionate. They are ready to help you whenever you need help, especially because of the small size of students taking this major. The school can benefit with a wider variety of courses. Workload is still doable and there is one program that is beneficial for my major. However, since my major is not popular, it is sometimes overlooked and thus, lack the number of resources.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 16th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 25th
    Smartest Professors
  • 39th
    Best Course Variety
  • 46th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 93rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Students at Duke seem to have found the academic experience pretty satisfying on the whole, thanks in large part to the teachers. This is not to say that everything about Duke academics is perfect; some of the math and science professors certainly sound like they could liven up a little, and some English and history professors can lose touch with modern reality and campus life. There is also the age-old problem of distinguished faculty who are there for the research facilities more than the students. However, researching professors can be a remarkable asset if they choose to keep students involved—which many do. Even lecture classes are not exclusively impersonal, weed-out programs; many lecturers are thrilled to get to know students after class or during open office hours and appreciate the time students put into getting extra help. Most large classes will also have smaller lab, recitation, or discussion groups with TAs to help clarify the information from the lecture. 

All Duke professors are well educated and established in their field, and most do their best to relay their expertise in a simple yet challenging manner. Faculty members are excited about their fields and strive to pass that excitement onto their students. Students subsequently appreciate that professors are hands-on and that they regularly emphasize the practical, real-world applications of their subject matter. Duke’s professors play a vital role in the quality and success of the University's academics.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
7:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,301
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
46
Total FT Faculty
3,512
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$118,251
Full-Time Retention Rate
97%
Graduation Rate
95%
Programs/Majors Offered
73
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 71%
  • 20 to 49 students: 23%
  • 50 or more students: 6%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Pratt School of Engineering
  • Sanford School of Public Policy
  • Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 3%
  • Family Practice and Pediatric Nursing: 3%
  • Law: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Duke's Continuing Studies offers online courses in more than 17 topics, including project management, leadership, communication, finance, management (strategic and marketing), and business writing.
Best Places to Study
  • Bryan Center, in a comfy corner
  • East or West Campus Quad
  • Lilly Library (East Campus)
  • Perkins/Bostock Library (West Campus)
  • Sarah P. Duke Gardens
  • Your room
Tips to Succeed
  • Get a good amount of sleep, use the exercise facilities (because they're awesome), eat well, take care of yourself, and balance work and fun. Time management is tough at times, but Duke students learn to make it work.
  • Go to office hours! Many professors are willing to help, or even just to chat.
  • Meet as many people from as many backgrounds as you can. All the resources are there, whether you are looking for an intellectual conversation or help with a research project.
  • Study. A lot will be demanded of you academically, and there's simply no substitute for hard work.
Did You Know?
  • The Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies works with faculty members and administrators across the University to support interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and instruction on Duke's Strategic Plan: "Building on Excellence."
  • The Center for Civic Engagement has coupled with the Program in Education to create service-learning courses, which combine traditional classroom learning and community service projects in the Durham area.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 43 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 10 responses

  • 28% Melinda French Gates
  • 22% Richard Nixon
  • 12% David Rubenstein
  • 12% Grant Hill
  • 6% Ken Jeong
  • 6% Will Piwinica-Worms
  • 6% Christian Laettner
  • 3% Mike Stud
  • 3% Tim Cook

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 38 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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