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Duke University Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892. In December 1924, the provisions of James B. Duke's indenture created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.

Duke University's mission is to provide a liberal education for their undergraduates. This means they empower their students to find their own academic paths by teaching them to reason and to empathize in unprecedented ways. At a research university like Duke, they have the resources to connect undergraduate education to the processes of inquiry and discovery—and to give their students opportunities to learn from, and collaborate with, our faculty members. In every major or program of study, the focus is on interdisciplinary exploration.


African Studies, African-American Studies, American Studies, Anatomy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Bioinformatics, Biology, Canadian Studies, Chemistry, Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures, Computer Science, Dance, Earth Sciences, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Policy, Environmental Sciences, French, German, History, International Studies, Italian, Italian Studies, Language, Linguistics, Literature, Math, Mathematics, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Music, Ocean Sciences, Philosophy, Photography, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Religion, Russian, Science, Sciences, Slavic Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Theatre, Turkish Language and Culture, Visual Arts, Women and Gender Studies

Campus type



Doctoral/Research Universities (DRU)


2138 Campus Drive
NC 27708 Durham
North Carolina
United States
Phone: (919) 684-8111

 Admissions office:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
2138 Campus Drive
NC 27708-0586Durham
North Carolina
United States
Phone: (919) 684-3214
Fax: (919) 681-8941

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