15 Facts About Duke University


Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States.

A university is an institution of higher education and research which grants academic degrees in various subjects.

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Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892.

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In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment, at which time the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke.

James Buchanan Duke was a U.S. tobacco and electric power industrialist best known for the introduction of modern cigarette manufacture and marketing, and his involvement with Duke University.

George Washington Duke was an American tobacco industrialist and philanthropist who fought in the American Civil War.

The Duke Endowment is a private foundation established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke.


Duke is consistently included among the best universities in the world by numerous university rankings, and among the most innovative universities in the world.


According to a Forbes study, Duke is ranked 11th among universities that have produced billionaires.


In a New York Times corporate study, Duke's graduates were shown to be among the most sought-after and valued in the world, and Forbes magazine ranked Duke seventh in the world on its list of 'power factories' in 2012.


Duke's campus spans over 8,600 acres on three contiguous campuses in Durham as well as a marine lab in Beaufort.


The main campus—designed largely by architect Julian Abele—incorporates Gothic architecture with the 210-foot Duke Chapel at the campus' center and highest point of elevation.

Julian Francis Abele was a prominent African-American architect, and chief designer in the offices of Horace Trumbauer.


The first-year-populated East Campus contains Georgian-style architecture, while the main Gothic-style West Campus 1.5 miles away is adjacent to the Medical Center.


Duke is the seventh-wealthiest private university in America with $11.4 billion in cash and investments in fiscal year 2014.


Duke's research expenditures in the 2014 fiscal year were $1.037 billion, the seventh largest in the nation.


In 2014, Thomson Reuters named 32 of Duke's professors to its list of Highly Cited Researchers, making it fourth globally in terms of primary affiliations.

Thomson Reuters Corporation is a major multinational mass media and information firm founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Duke also ranks fifth among national universities to have produced Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall Scholars.


Ten Nobel laureates and three Turing Award winners are affiliated with the university.

The ACM A.M. Turing Award is an annual prize given by the Association for Computing Machinery to "an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community".


Duke's sports teams compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the basketball team is renowned for having won five NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships, most recently in 2015.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States of America in which its fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association 's Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports.

The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States, currently featuring 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, to determine the national championship.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a non-profit association which regulates athletes of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations, and individuals.

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