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Duke University: Admission 2024, Courses, Rankings & Cost

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Year of establishment1838
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Size of Campus in acres9000
Male/Female Ratio1.08
UG/PG Course Ratio0.63
Faculty/Student Ratio8
Endowments ValueUS Dollar 7 billion
No.of Campuses1
Accommodation expenses8814 USD for 3 sharing (UG),13056 USD for 1 sharing (PG)
Meal expenses9180 USD (UG),7586 USD (PG)
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Q:   What is Duke famous for?

Duke University is known for its research programs and quality education in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Today, the school has a reputation for its competitive admissions, excellent academics, championship-level athletics, and global presence-and is known as one of the finest institutions in the South, if not the country.

Q:   Is Duke a top 10 University?


Duke University is not just one of the best universities in USA, but also a part of the top 100 universities in the world. Nationally, Duke is one of the top 10 universities in USA with the rank #7 in 439 National Universities in USA, awarded by the top-ranking body US News & World Report. In QS World University Rankings 2024, Duke University ranks #57 in Best Global Universities.


Q:   Is Duke a hard university to get into?


According to U.S. News & World Report With an acceptance rate of 6% admission to Duke is highly competitive as the university receives applications from around 100 countries all over the world. However, each year the rate of admission varies depending on the number of applications received and seats allowed per programme that year. In recent years, it has been observed that on average, about one in five applicants gets selected. This average may be different for some programs.


Q:   How can I go to Duke University from India?


There is no minimum GRE or GPA requirement for admission to Duke University. To improve their chances of admission to Duke University, Indian applicants should present a minimum GPA of 3.5. The Duke admissions process is somewhat competitive. Students with a GPA of 4.0/4 (95-100%) have a better probability of being accepted to university. Students with a 3.5 GPA (83%-86%) can apply.


Duke University Rankings 2024

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Q:   What is the world ranking of Duke University?


Global ranking providers rank Duke University among the top 100 universities in the world since 2017. QS World University Rankings has placed Duke at #57 in Best Global Universities in the 2024 edition. It is among the top-ranked university in the USA and a perfect choice for international students to study in the USA.


Q:   Is Duke University prestigious?


Duke University consistently ranks among the top universities in the country as well as in the world. The university is younger than most other prestigious U.S. research universities. Duke's graduate and professional schools — in business, divinity, engineering, the environment, law, medicine, nursing, and public policy — are among the leaders in their fields.


Q:   Is Duke a top 10 University?


Duke University is not just one of the best universities in USA, but also a part of the top 100 universities in the world. Nationally, Duke is one of the top 10 universities in USA with the rank #7 in 439 National Universities in USA, awarded by the top-ranking body US News & World Report. In QS World University Rankings 2024, Duke University ranks #57 in Best Global Universities.


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Q:   Does Duke University offer scholarships to international students?


Yes, Duke University offers merit scholarships to international students and every admitted applicant is considered for a merit scholarship.

Merit scholarship recipients are selected by an Admissions Merit Scholarship Committee. The criteria for selection are prior academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and professional accomplishments. These awards are for the 2-year duration of the MBA programme and range from partial tuition to full tuition.

Fuqua's merit scholarships are awarded on a 2-year basis to enable applicants to plan for the entire cost of a Fuqua education. There is no funding for new awards in the second year. Thus, students who enroll without scholarship funding the first year should not anticipate an award for the second year of the program.

The merit scholarship awards are made independent of determining a student's eligibility for student loans and work-study employment.


Duke University Admission Dates 2024

  • Application fees :USD 75 - 225
  • Type of deadline :Depends on course
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EssaysNeeded for few courses
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Fall3ʳᵈ Jun 2024 - 15ᵗʰ Mar 2025
Spring1ˢᵗ Oct - 1ˢᵗ Nov 2024
Summer6ᵗʰ Mar - 17ᵗʰ Apr 2024
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Q:   Is Duke University hard to get into?


Duke University's low acceptance rate makes admission at this university very competitive. Almost 50,000 students applied for a mere 2,855 places, which counts for an acceptance rate of just 5.8%. This is a 25% increase in applicants from the year before, and admissions are only becoming more competitive. Given the relatively low Duke enrollment, students can expect this acceptance rate to remain quiet.


Q:   What is the Duke University GPA requirement?


To get into Duke University you should have a 4.13 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you must compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score. For a school as selective as Duke, you'll also need to impress them with the rest of your application. You can check the detailed admission criteria before applying for admission.


Q:   What is the application fees of Duke University?


Undergraduate students are required to pay a fee of USD 85 along with the Common Application or Coalition Application. Graduate school applicants need to pay a fee of USD 95. Both payments can be made via Visa or MasterCard. The Common Application and Coalition Application also accept payments via electronic checks. Checks must be for payment in USD and must be drawn from a US bank. For Master in Engineering programs application fee of US$75 is required. Which can be paid by credit card within your online application.


Q:   What are the steps to the application process for Duke University?


The application process is different for undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduates can choose to apply either through the Common Application or Coalition Application. You will directly be taken to your choice of application through the options on the official university website.

Graduates can apply directly through the university website using the Apply Now tab.

All applicants will be notified via e-mail regarding their admission. If you are offered admission (unless specified otherwise), you must notify The Graduate School through the applicant portal within 15 days of your receipt of the admission letter.

If the university does not hear back from you within the deadlines, the offer will be automatically termed as declined.

The university does not mandate an interview. However, you may choose to opt for an alumni interview wherein you will be matched with volunteering alumni in your area.

Step 1: Log onto the official university website and create a new account via Duke OneLink. Select “Register Here” to start your application process.

Step 2: Enter your personal details to receive the invitation e-mail.

Step 3: You will receive a link on the e-mail ID mentioned above. Use that link to continue your registration. Create a new username and set a password for your OneLink account.

Step 4: You will be directed to the Application Management System, which will require you to fill in the details as mentioned below. The Application Menu is divided into 13 sub-parts that require you to furnish information regarding Personal Background, Academic History, and Program Information, among others, along with a Review section that lets you check the status of each of the sub-parts.

At any point, while filling out the application, you may save your progress and return to it later.


Duke University Tuition Fees and Eligibility 2024

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
MS(33 courses)
INR 29 L - 59 L
Duration10 months-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 90 & Above, GRE
MBA/PGDM(7 courses)
INR 42 L - 66 L
Duration10 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, GRE, TOEFL: 90 & Above
B.E. / B.Tech(24 courses)
INR 53 L - 55 L
Duration4-5 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS, TOEFL, PTE
MEng(13 courses)
INR 49 L - 62 L
Duration1 year-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS, GRE, TOEFL
B.A.(31 courses)
INR 53 L - 55 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS
M.A.(20 courses)
INR 20 L - 54 L
Duration1 year-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above
MIM(6 courses)
INR 42 L - 66 L
Duration10 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, GRE, TOEFL: 90 & Above
MEM(1 course)
INR 58 L
Duration12 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 90 & Above, Duolingo: 125 & Above
B.Sc.(13 courses)
INR 53 L - 55 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS, SAT, TOEFL
M.Agri.(7 courses)
INR 35 L - 50 L
Duration24 months-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above
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Q:   What GMAT score is required for Duke MBA?


As such, there is no minimum requirement for Duke University MBA course. But, according to the Class Profile of 2025, the GMAT score range is 670 – 760. Other MBA course admission requirements are:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Essays
  • 1-page Business resume
  • Letters of recommendation
  • GMAT/ GRE scores

Q:   How much does Duke University charge for Indian students?


Duke University cost for Indian students can be checked from the table given below:


1st Year Tuition Fees

MS (31 courses)

INR 24 L - 52 L

BE8 (7 courses)

INR 41 L - 62 L

MA (20 courses)

INR 22 L - 48 L

BE / BTech (24 courses)

INR 46 L - 50 L

BE8 (13 courses)

INR 48 L

BE5 (31 courses)

INR 50 L

B.Sc. (13 courses)

INR 48 L - 50 L

MEM (1 course)

INR 53 L

BBA (4 courses)

INR 50 L

MIM (6 courses)

INR 41 L - 61 L

LLM (2 courses)

INR 18 L - 57 L

Living Cost: The living cost for international students for the 2024-25 (Fall 2024) Duke University students is given below:


Expenses for Fall 2024

Books & supplies

USD 322


USD 6,008


USD 1,880

Local transportation

USD 904

Personal & Misc.

USD 1,896


Q:   Does Duke University require GRE for MEM?


GRE is optional for the 2024 cycle for Duke University MEM course. Other Duke University admission requirements for international students for MEM are:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Short answer essays
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Video introduction
  • English language proficiency test scores

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Students Ratings & Reviews

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Vibe of Campus
  • Academically oriented
  • Friendly
  • Fun loving
  • Multi-dimensional
Student Views
  • 100% students never faced discrimination in this university
Part time work4.2
Post study jobs3.7
Quality of faculty4.7
Student Life4.7
Value for money3.8
Public transportation3.8
Indian Food4.3
Permanent Immigration3.5
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Master of Management in Foundations Of Business - Batch of 2024
Good experience overall, more beneficial for students with a non-business background
Tips: Great environment for international folks. Everyone here embrace diversity and inclusion. It was not an easy transition to move from a happening city to a calmer place like Durham but the events at Duke made up for the lack of places to explore around. The course is more useful if you come from a non-business background. Placements have not been great due to the job market.
Likes (Part time work): Lots of opportunities to do on-campus work. The community is welcoming to hire international students and no problems have been faced regarding it so far. Manageable workload depending on your role. TA roles are also available for students on the colleges' own job portals.
Dislikes (Safety): The city in which the college is situated has a high crime rate but students and gate communities are well protected with security & constant patrolling. The campus is extremely safe at any time. No good or bad experiences so far on or off campus, but always stay alert.
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Master of Engineering Management - Batch of 2023
The Duke name helps in getting opportunities.
Tips: Not a major cultural shift, since this course attracts a lot of Indians. You should be actively participating in activities around you or you will miss out. I did not receive any scholarships. The university was very satisfactory, it offers guidance, security, and a platform to make the best of your career. As for the programme, it's as good as you make of it. It is designed to give you an introduction to most things, not a deep drive, it opens new horizons of thinking and changes your perspectives on decision-making and your approach, but there is a lot of self-effort required.
Likes (Student Life): Attending lectures, participating in the various activities going in the campus, from information sessions to painting sessions. I attended about 3 events each week. All kinds of clubs are present, from data, and sustainable energy, to mediation and music clubs.
Dislikes (Internships): The Career Center does provide guidance but it is limited and the students are expected to do most of the work. The availability of internships changes every year, during my first year, we had to scour a lot, during my second year I saw the incoming batch getting lots of calls by October itself. Overall, the location is good for the search, the Duke name helps, but it's mostly dependent on the market situation during that time.
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Master of Engineering Management - Batch of 2023
Great opportunity, but be clear and aware.
Tips: Make sure you have a clear goal in mind what you want to achieve after graduation. Keep aside a certain amount for living expenses, as finding an on-campus job is tricky. Most master's programs do not have diversity, so do not be shocked if you do not see it here.
Likes (Indian Food): One can get a good Indian meal in the $10-$20 range. There are good restaurants, and Indian groceries are pretty accessible. Check out Lime & Lemon, Indian Monsoon, and Anjappar in Carry as a few good options. Eating out in the US regularly can burn a hole in your pockets, so make sure you know or learn how to cook.
Dislikes (Public transportation): The US is heavy on the individualistic culture; hence, there is a lack of decent public transportation. The bus arrives in an hour, so you must plan your visits accordingly. Make sure you stay within the vicinity of the campus to make things easy for you. Public transportation is free for the residents of Durham.
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Master of Environmental Management/Master of Engineering Management - Batch of 2023
Duke- A fun and memorable experience
Tips: Students coming here should research more about the course and be open to change. I would advise on networking with peers and alumni for advice and support. Explore the campus for fun activities and make use of the resources available. Overall, I would ask students to focus on their job search and proactively look for opportunities.
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Master of Engineering Management - Batch of 2024
The alumni network is resourceful.
Tips: Great quality of academics and a very competitive environment. Friendly professors and a wide variety of streams to choose from. Flexibility in the course structure and great help from peers. Extensive alumni network. Can be better at helping in the job search.
Likes (Quality of faculty): Extraordinary faculty members with lots of real-world and teaching experience. Great curriculum design with practical training. Flexible and adaptive according to students' requirements. Feedback-based curriculum updates and lots of industry networking will be helpful for job search.
Dislikes (Safety): Multiple incidents near my residential area which is located 10 minutes away from the campus. Very unsafe at night especially with no public transport available after 9. No nearby restaurants and sparsely populated which increases the number of people getting out during the night for dinner and getting robbed.
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Q:   What is the average post-graduation salary at Duke University?


Employees who graduate from Duke University earn an average of $196k, mostly ranging from $153k per year to $623k per year based on 605 profiles. The top 10% of employees earn more than $263k per year.


Q:   Does Duke University have placement tests?


No, Duke University didn't take any placement tests from students instead, many departments offer placement guidelines. In general, placement issues for first-semester students are most important for mathematics, chemistry, and foreign language. You can check the Duke University Placement also to know more about it.


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Q:   What is the cost of living in USA for international students?


On an average, a student spends approximately INR 93,000 in a month to fulfil living costs in USA. The cost of living in USA is 224.3% higher than the cost of living in India also the rent in USA is 769.9% higher than in India. Thus, it is natural that the cost of living in the USA is very high for an Indian student. The table given below specifies the estimated student cost of living in the USA that is based on different expenses.

Expenses in USA

Average Yearly / Monthly cost

Books and study material

USD 900 - USD 2,000 per year


USD 300 - USD 700 per year


USD 9,800 - USD 11,100 per year


USD 100 - USD 150 per month


On campus: USD 250 per month

Off-campus: USD 400 - USD 600 per month

Phone subscription

USD 50 per month

Home Internet

USD 45 - USD 50 per month

Health Insurance

USD 700 - USD 1,100 per year


USD 500 per year

Water, Trash and Sewer

USD 50 - USD 75 per month

(1 USD = 83.05 INR)

Note: These amounts will differ from state to state within the US. On average, the cost of Indian food in the USA is around USD 350 - USD 400 for one person. 


Q:   What are the requirements to study in USA for international students?


International students must meet the requirements to study in USA. Students must have a required qualification as per the programme and submit the test score during the process. Check below the English language test and additional tests accepted by US Universities:

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Q:   Which are the top universities in USA for international students?

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Q:   Is Duke University Ivy League?

No, Stanford University, Duke University, and Penn State are not part of the Ivy League. That said, it's common for people to assume most or all prestigious and highly selective schools belong to the Ivy League. This often happens because many mistakenly conflate prestige and selectivity with the Ivy League.

Q:   What are some useful tips for students starting their first semester at Duke University?


According to some of the student reviews on unofficial sources, here are some of the tips that students getting admission to first semester of Duke University have to keep in mind:

  • Try to be friends with other students
  • Get involved with on-campus organizations
  • Go to sporting events other than basketball or football
  • Check out Durham and visit the neighborhoods. Check out new cafes to enjoy time on the weekends

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Answered a month ago

If we compare the acceptance rates of Duke and Harvard University. The Harvard University acceptance rate is 3% and the acceptance rate of Duke is 6%. This shows getting into Harvard is way harder than Duke. However, international students have to perform their best to get into any one of the univer



Akansha katariya

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Answered a month ago

Duke University acceptance rate is 6% which is too low. The low acceptance rate symbolizes students have to perform at their best in academics, and extracurricular and must have experience in the chosen field to increase their chances of getting selected. Almost 50,000 students applied for 2,855 spo



Akansha katariya

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Answered a month ago

A GPA of at least 4.13 is needed for international students to get into Duke University. If a student’s GPA is lower than this, they can compensate with a higher SAT or ACT score. Also, they can create an impression in the rest of the application by adding prior experience in the desired field.


Akansha katariya

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Answered 3 months ago

The decision to choose Franklin University or Duke University for an MBA programme in the USA depends on the individual student's needs and goals. However,  here are some reasons why one might choose Franklin University over Duke University:

  • Cost: The average tuition at similar for-profit graduate sc


Chandra Shekhar

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Answered 3 months ago

The Financial Times has released MBA rankings for 2024. For Duke University Fuqua School of Business has been ranked at #14 position globally. Indeed, Duke Many students believe that Fuqua is worth the investment. It provides an excellent business education with a strong emphasis on teamwork, leader


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