Athletics

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Durham, NC
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$43,623
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4 College Junior

Athletics: Duke has three gyms, one for each campus: West, East, and Central. Wilson, the gym on West, is one of the best athletic facilities I have ever used (better than some in NYC and in Chicago). It has three-levels with dozens of cardio machines, a brand new weight room, a cycling room, a rock-climbing wall, and offers gym classes throughout the week.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: With one of the top basketball programs in the nation, winning four national titles, and led by Coach K, the success and common interest in the basketball team brings the school together and generates hope for success unthinkable at a Top 10 institution. The football team is also on the rise, and the facilities for non-athletes are very nice as well.

College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are great! School spirit is why I chose this school rather than other schools, BUT THERE IS NO CLUB TRACK TEAM. CLUB RUNNING IS NOT THE SAME AS CLUB TRACK.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Its really easy to get involved in sports. There are awesome gyms/athletic areas available. Its easy to get involved in both varsity and intramural/club sports

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 60th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 968th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Duke basketball is not just a pastime—it is an obsession. The current of basketball fanaticism pulses through everyone and everything at Duke, and between November and March, games in Cameron Indoor simply define the Duke way of life. You see a ridiculously tall guy get on the bus, and the eyes of the students all around you light up. This is not to say that you have to be a basketball fan before you come here—Duke will most definitely make one out of you. Be forewarned, though: cheering and getting into the basketball games is a sport unto itself, filled with hours of standing in line (or, in the case of the UNC game, weeks in tents) and gallons of blue face paint.  

The classic college sport—football—is certainly less appreciated at Duke, but thanks to a sky-high level of school spirit and some great student-athletes on every varsity team, the stands across campus remain decently crowded. 

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
School Colors
Duke blue and white
School Nickname
Blue devils
Men Playing Varsity Sports
378 - 11%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
281 - 9%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Crew (men's)
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Ice skating
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Outing
  • Racquetball
  • Road runners (cross country)
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ambler Tennis Stadium
  • Brodie Recreation Center
  • Cameron Indoor Stadium
  • Duke Golf Club
  • Jack Coombs Field
  • Karcher-Ingram Golf Center
  • Koskinen Stadium
  • Michael W. Krzyzewski Center
  • Murray Building
  • Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center
  • Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center
  • Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion
  • Wallace Wade Stadium
  • Williams Field
  • Wilson Recreation Center
  • Yoh Football Center
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball. Take a "smart-kid" school, add one really exceptional sports team, and it will become the mecca around which we all flock.
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball is not necessarily overlooked, but the sport certainly doesn't get the attention it deserves, especially considering that Duke has some of the nation's top players. The lacrosse team is also top-notch, recently garnering a national championship; however, it does not have one iota of the fan frenzy that basketball generates.
School Spirit
Duke spirit invariably centers around the basketball season, and during the spring, it's amazing how avid people are for Duke. While there are still some bitter Harvard and Yale rejects dampening the mood around campus, most students are genuinely thrilled about being at Duke. The Duke paraphernalia is ubiquitous, and students represent the brand regularly. Walk across the quad on a cool day and you're bound to see a handful of people wearing a 100-percent Duke outfit: sweatpants, T-shirt, and sweatshirt.
Getting Tickets
Students get into Duke games for free, and getting in is usually not a problem. For example, you can walk up to the football stadium during halftime, and you'll be sure to get in for free. The same is certainly not true for men's basketball. The stories you have heard of people camping out for months to get tickets are not in the least exaggerated. Students form groups and plan schedules around being able to sleep in a tent from January to mid-February or early March. You can usually get into basketball games without camping out, but you will still have to get there several hours early to wait in line.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Sarah P. Duke Gardens is astoundingly beautiful. Duke Forest may be tempting, but don't ever try it alone. Of course, everywhere on campus is beautiful, so even the walk from East to West can be enjoyable.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 51 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 55% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 43% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 37% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 48% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 15% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 2% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 71% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 27% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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