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Duke University

Durham, North Carolina, United States
Blue Devils
Duke University

Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment and the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke. The campus spans over 8,600 acres on three contiguous sub-campuses in Durham, and a marine lab in Beaufort. The West Campus—designed largely by architect Julian Abele, an African American architect who graduated first in his class at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design—incorporates Gothic architecture with the 210-foot Duke Chapel at the campus' center and highest point of elevation, is adjacent to the Medical Center. East Campus, 1.5 miles away, home to all first-years, contains Georgian-style architecture.

Former names Brown School (1838–1841), Union Institute (1841–1851), Normal College (1851–1859), Trinity College (1859–1924)
Motto Eruditio et Religio (Latin)
Motto (English) Knowledge and Faith
Type Private research university
Established 1838
Religious affiliation United Methodist Church
Academic affiliations AAU, COFHE, 568 Group, URA, CDIO, ORAU, NAICU, IAMSCU
Endowment $8.47 billion (2020) (The university is also the primary beneficiary (32%) of the independent $3.69 billion Duke Endowment)
Budget $2.8 billion (FY 2020)
President Vincent Price
Academic staff 3,870 (Fall 2019)
Administrative staff 8,880 campus employees, 41,206 total campus & health system employees (Fall 2019)
Students 15,634 (Fall 2019)
Undergraduates 6,526 (Fall 2019)
Postgraduates 9,108 (Fall 2019)
Campus Suburban/urban, 8,693 acres
Newspaper The Chronicle
Colors Duke blue, white
Sporting affiliations NCAA Division I FBS – ACC

About Duke University

Located in Durham, North Carolina, the university is best known for its basketball team, which won five NCAA titles between 1991 and 2015.

Achievement of Duke University

The school is known for its stunning architecture, with Gothic and Georgian-style buildings throughout its campus. 

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Latest information about Duke University updated on July 28 2021.