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Duke University

United States
  • 21 QS World University Rankings 2018
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About Duke University

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Campus information

Duke Chapel - A symbol of the university, Duke Chapel is at the center of the Gothic West Campus. Completed in 1932, the chapel is dominated by a 210-foot tower housing a 50-bell carillon. Washington Duke and his sons Benjamin and James are entombed in the Memorial Chapel. Duke Chapel hosts major university events, offers interdenominational worship services and contributes to the diverse campus religious life, which welcomes students of all faiths.

Perkins Lirabe - Duke Libraries are the shared center of the University's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The William R. Perkins Library, together with the university Archives and the business, divinity, laand medical school libraries, comprise one of the nation's top 10 private research library systems. The Libraries’ services and resources include more than six million volumes, 18 million manuscripts, 168,000 electronic resources, 115,000 items in digital collections and tens of thousands of films and videos.

The Fitzpatrick Center brings together faculty in four research initiatives: biology, photonics, materials and integrated sensors. The $97-million facility, which opened in 2004, also expands the Pratt School of Engineering‘s partnership with the School of Medicine by providing laboratories for collaborative research in health care, genomics and biotechnology.

Cameron Indoor stadium - Considered the crown jewel of college basketball, Cameron Indoor was conceived on the back of a matchbook cover in 1935. Renovated in the late 1980s, Cameron underwent a series of improvements in 2009 to enhance the gameday experience. The Blue Devil men‘s and women‘s basketball teams benefit from Cameron‘s intimate seating arrangements for slightly more than 9,000 fans, including bleacher-style seats alongside the court reserved for students (nicknamed the Cameron Crazies). 

The Nasher Museum of Art opened its new building designed by architect Rafael Viñoly in 2005, creating a major center for the arts on campus. The museum serves the university and the Triangle region with an ambitious schedule of traveling exhibitions and educational programs that foster multidisciplinary learning. The Nasher Museum also creates leading-edge exhibitions that travel to major venues around the country.

Touted as a "building without walls" to foster collaboration across disciplines when it opened in 1994, the Levine Science Research Center (LSRC) is one of the largest single-site interdisciplinary research facilities in the U.S. The 341,000 square-foot facility is a multipurpose center housing classrooms, laboratory space and offices shared by multiple schools and dapertments.

Balwin Auditourium was built in 1927, the 900-seat auditorium gives historic East Campus its most unique architectural element that, like Jefferson's famous neoclassical Rotunda at UVA, pays homage to the ancient Pantheon in Rome with its classical front inserted on the main domed building. A $15 million renovation in 2013 transformed the interior space into a world-class modern concert hall, both visually stunning and acoustically state-of-the-art.

Duke is located near Interstates 40 and 85 in Durham, N.C. Duke's campus is only a 20-minute drive from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).


West Quad Residence Halls

The residence halls on the West Quad are organized into six residential quads, with secondary quads or courtyards providing more private spaces for the students in each group of houses. As part of larger community of students, each quad is home to several smaller communities of students who are affiliated with either selective living groups or living-learning communities. Craven, Crowell, Few and Kilgo Quads each have a unique tower that provides an identity to its living group.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 2 Engineering 5 Humanities & Social Sciences 2


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