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Rank: 33

Duke University

Durham, NCWWW.DUKE.EDU
One of the most selective colleges in the South, Duke accepted only about 6% of regular-decision applicants last year. Though a major research institution, Duke offers undergrads an extraordinary amount of direct interaction with professors. The student-to-faculty ratio -- 7 to 1 -- is one of the lowest in MONEY's rankings, and about half of students work on research projects with faculty members. Many of those professors are at the top of their fields, including the economist Dan Ariely, Nobel-winning chemist Robert Lefkowitz, and -- we are not making this up -- scientists who spent several years developing an invisibility cloak. (To be fair, scientists at the universities of Rochester and University of Central Florida have also contributed to the advancement of the science behind invisibility cloaks.) All of this is wrapped in quintessential collegiate trappings. Duke's towering architecture has earned its campus the nickname "Gothic Wonderland." Undergrad social life, meanwhile, tends to revolve around fraternities and athletics. As any sports fan knows, the Blue Devils men's basketball team is a perennial winner with a passionate national following. Students from Duke, which has a nearly 95% graduation rate, also tend to do well outside academia: Recent graduates report making $65,300 annually within three years. The university's most popular majors include economics, public policy and biology.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$73,500
% of students who get any grants
55%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$21,400
Average price for low-income students
$4,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
11%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1480/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
7,184
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$63,649
student success
Graduation rate
95%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$7,500
Average salary within 3 years
$65,300
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
50%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 3

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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