College Spotlight: Duke University

The PowerScore College Spotlight gives you a snapshot of a different college or university each week. For more information about each profiled institution, be sure to check out the school's website.

Duke University
 is today's College Spotlight. From the school's website and at-a-glance brochure:

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.

James B. Duke had a remarkable vision in 1924: to transform a regional liberal arts college into one of the world’s top institutions of higher education. Younger than most other prestigious U.S. research universities, Duke University consistently ranks among the very best. Its graduate and professional schools — in business, divinity, engineering, the environment, law, medicine, nursing and public policy — are among the leaders in their fields.

Duke is situated on nearly 9,000 acres in Durham, North Carolina. Known as the City of Medicine, Durham has a population of more than 200,000.

Duke welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year who explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke Chapel, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke Forest, Duke Lemur Center and other attractions. The 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel dominates the gothic architecture of West Campus. East Campus, Duke’s original campus and built in the Georgian style, serves as home to all first-year students.

Type of school: Private

Setting: Suburban, large city

Size: 6,504 (2010 total undergraduate enrollment)

Incoming class size: 1,752 (first-time degree-seeking freshmen)

Student-to-faculty ratio: 8 to 1

Acceptance percentage: 18.9%

Tuition and fees: $42,410 (2011-2012)

Room and Board: $11,350 (living on-campus)

Estimated additional expenses (books, supplies, personal expenses): $3,420
Address: Duke University, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 2138 Campus Drive, Box 90586, Durham, North Carolina  27708
Phone: 919.684.3214
Twitter accounts: @DukeNews
Facebook: Duke University, Duke Undergraduate Admissions

All information was gathered from the school's profile on the website, the school's website, and the school's U.S. News & World Report profile. Please consult the school's website and Office of Admissions with questions regarding this information. 

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