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Duke University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 12 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

48% Women
52% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Atlantic Coast Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $812,510)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $166,068)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 48 48 - -
Baseball 31 - Yes -
Basketball 13 12 Yes Yes
Fencing 28 16 - -
Field Hockey - 22 Yes -
Football 109 - - -
Golf 8 6 Yes -
Lacrosse 44 33 Yes -
Rowing - 62 Yes -
Soccer 31 29 Yes Yes
Softball - 22 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving 30 31 Yes -
Tennis 10 9 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 13 Yes Yes
Wrestling 26 - - -
Badminton - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes -
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 13.4%
Black/non-Hispanic 7.1%
Hispanic 4.9%
Non-resident alien 16.0%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 7.4%
Two or more races 1.1%
White/non-Hispanic 49.8%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • Hospital on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 5
Drug Law Violation 7
Liquor Law Violation 2
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 12
Property Crime 51
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Autumn from Spring, TX
  • 4
  • Not everyone loves dorm life, but it has its perks. Dorm life is very conducive to the creation of community regardless of the dorm one finds themselves in. Additionally, by…

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  • Elisabeth from Durham, NC
  • 4
  • The majority of Duke's dorms have been renovated or are scheduled for renovation in the near future. During the first year, all freshmen live on the same campus. It sounds…

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  • robert from phoenix, md
  • 4
  • at duke, you will learn within the first couple of weeks who are the late-night drinkers and partiers and who are the dryer, early-to-bedders in your dorm, and your overall…

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  • Dukie for life :)
  • 3
  • In general, dorm life is pretty standard. There is a new housing model (will be starting in the 2012-2013 school year) that is intended to foster stronger bonds between people…

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  • KZ
  • 5
  • Dorms are great. People are great. Housing and dining staff are the friendliest groups there, so everyone will feel right at home.…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Duke Alum from Maryland
  • I am a past student here

    The Brodhead Center is a new facility which offers varied options for dining. It is a real plus that the center strives to be eco-friendly.

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  • 5
  • Nathan
  • I am a current student here

    Marketplace--the freshman dining hall--was absolutely delicious and served the best college breakfast options I've ever seen (e.g., amazing fresh omelettes). West Union and the perennially underrated Loop pizza grill in the Bryan Center are expensive and portions aren't always the most generous but offer a wide variety of cuisines and taste fantastic.

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  • 5
  • Maya from McDonough, GA
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Duke has one of the highest rankings (of most colleges and universities) of food quality, and Durham is known for its excellence in the area of gastronomy. While visiting the campus, I got a taste of Asian cuisine, and it was simply divine. There were so many options for eateries, and each of them had incredibly appetizing selections!

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  • 4
  • Ariana from Fort Myers, FL
  • I am a current student here

    West Union has a great variety of different, often ethnic dishes. With restaurants for sushi, Korean food, Indian food, Southern food, and crepes, it’s hard to get sick of the food.

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  • 5
  • robert from phoenix, md
  • I am a current student here

    duke dining ranks nothing less than 5th in the nation by the daily meal publication, and it's no wonder this is the case upon sampling the plethora of stimulating food options on campus. from marketplace's american-style buffet to the a la carte vendors of au bon pain bakery, the loop pizza grill, and dozens of food trucks that rotate around campus, there's a diversity of choices for everyone -- even for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal, and any number of other dietary lifestyles that you can find on duke's campus. a particularly exciting time for duke dining will be this fall 2016, when approximately 10-13 additional vendors will be rejoining duke's newly renovated west union in three floors and a vendetta devoted to cafeterias, project rooms, and discussion and study spaces for groups ranging from two to a hundred participants. i could not begin to imagine how different the duke experience would be without the culinary gems that further illuminate its national reputation, but don't just take my word for it, you must come on down here and try the food for yourself!

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  • 4
  • kimberly from sunrise, fl
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    i've heard no complaints about food from current students so far, but i'm personally disappointed by a lack of chik-fil-a on campus.

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  • 3
  • Amber
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I didn't gather much on food and dining from my visits and research, however there's a meal plan and a nice town just a few minutes away full of small restaurants.

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  • 5
  • BlueDevil
  • I am a past student here

    Duke food is actually quite delicious. The food plans are generous and there is plenty of variety.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Nathan
  • I am a current student here

    I'm not involved in any Greek Life so I'm not particularly informed, but it's decently big on campus and the Greek houses are located on Central and West Campus. There are a lot of different options, as far as I know.

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  • 0
  • Natalia from San Diego, CA
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Used to be obtrusive, but has been toned back significantly, and now is an option available if you want, but does not dominate campus life anymore.

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  • 0
  • BlueDevil
  • I am a past student here

    Prevalent, but not overbearing. Fraternities host a majority of the parties but they are generally open with a large amount of alcohol. Can be a fun way to experience Duke but is not necessary to the Duke experience.

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  • 0
  • Autumn from Spring, TX
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is a BIG part of life at Duke, and not always in a good way. Those who choose not to participate in Greek life will feel the difference between themselves and their peers. This is not to say that one cannot have a social life without joining a Greek organization - quite the opposite is true. It is only that Duke is socially dominated by Greek Life in many ways, but unimportant in some others. Duke also has selective living groups, which allow students to join organizations and live with a specific group without Greek traditions.

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  • 0
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is present but not dominant on campus. 17% of men and 32% of women join greek life. In addition, we have selective living groups which are co-ed organizations that are not run but a national office. As a result, you can make these groups anything you want them to be. Many of them are themed and focus on sports, being international, business, service, or just being social!

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