Duke University

Durham, NC

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
General Natural Resources Management and Policy
Natural Resources/Conservation

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Divinity, Ministry, Seminary (BD, MDiv)
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
English Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
General Music
German Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Other English Language and Literature/Letters
Religion/Religious Studies
Romanian Language and Literature
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Theology/Theological Studies


Major Bachelors Masters
Business Administration and Management

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Design & Visual Communications


Major Bachelors Masters
Other Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods


Major Bachelors Masters
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Family Practice Nurse / Nursing
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Nursing Research and Science
Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist
Other Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
Physician Assistant
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
General Zoology/Animal Biology
Genome Sciences / Genomics
Molecular Genetics
Neurobiology and Anatomy

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
African-American/Black Studies
Demography and Population Studies
Other Area Studies
Political Science and Government
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Policy Analysis


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer and Information Sciences

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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 6 Reviews

83% of students gave Duke University 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Academics Rating

The first classes taken towards your major, the weed out courses, are always difficult. Subsequent classes tend to be more manageable, interesting, and more practical than the typical theoretical foundations of most educational programs. Most classes tend to give a fair amount of work relative to the breadth of the area, and the professors work to make every class engaging. There are very few large classes, other than the first weed out lectures that you'll meet regardless of your discipline.

Alumnus - Grad Year 1991

Academics Rating

Most classes (except for surveys) are small. The professors, for the most part, cared a great deal for their students. There is a great emphasis on liberal arts, yet the science and engineering are also extremely strong. All in all, the school is extremely well-rounded, academically, and delivers an exceptional education.

Duke University Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Retention Rate 97%
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in August and January.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Certificate Programs

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Domestic Exchange Schools
  • Washington Semester (American University)
  • UN Semester

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Engineering

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine

Class Sizes at Duke University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 71%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 4%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 23%
  • 100+ Students: 2%
Fewer than 20 Students 71%
50 - 100 Students 4%
20 - 49 Students 23%
100+ Students 2%

Faculty at Duke University

Student-to-Faculty Ratio 7
Full-Time Professors 1,164

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