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5 College Freshman

Academics: Some of the best academics that can be found. Most of the professors have such a genuine passion for what they teach. Don't get me wrong, it's extremely challenging. But, in the end, it's extremely worth it.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Duke academics are top notch.

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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

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5 College Sophomore

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

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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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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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 73 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How often do you:    Based on 33 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 33 responses

  • 48% This was my dream school.
  • 52% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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