Duke University

Durham, NC 27708
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Established in 1838, Duke University is a private university in Durham, North Carolina. The campus was originally located in Trinity and moved to Durham in 1892. The university has a sprawling campus spread over 8,600 acres on three connected campuses. The main campus includes the 210-foot Duke Chapel, which is in the center of campus. Duke University is regularly recognized as a top university in national rankings. In 2017, Duke ranked 8th in the nation in the US News & World Report ranking of best colleges. It is also on the list of the top ten universities to produce Forbes 400 billionaires.

Duke University offers undergraduate and graduate-level nursing programs that are accredited by the CCNE. The undergraduate programs include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN programs. The graduate programs include MSN, RN to MSN, DNP, BSN to DNP, Ph.D., and BSN to Ph.D. programs. The accelerated BSN program lasts for 16 months and is designed for students with an undergraduate degree and the prerequisite courses. The accelerated and traditional BSN programs include close to 800 hours of clinical experiences at multiple facilities connected to the Duke University Health System and other healthcare facilities in the region.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students16,130
Student to Faculty Ratio7:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
United Methodist
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate97%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 3
Master's degree 0 1
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 5 48
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 97.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1895 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
10/01/1987 - 12/31/2003
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
10/21/2009 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
10/07/2000 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1380 to 1540
ACT31 to 35
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $85
Graduates $85

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,616/credit
In State Students$1,616/credit
Out of State Students$1,616/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$2,990/credit
In State Students$2,990/credit
Out of State Students$2,990/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $72,720 $72,720 $72,720
ADN 70 $113,120 $113,120 $113,120
BSN 125 $202,000 $202,000 $202,000
FNP 50 $149,500 $149,500 $149,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 68% of Duke University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 13% $4,520
Other Federal Grant 5% $3,932
State Grant & Scholarships 3% $4,748
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 48% $46,911
Federal Student Loans 37% $4,325
Private Loans 24% $4,428


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000($1,070)
$30,001 to $48,000$827
$48,001 to $75,000$7,805
$75,001 to $110,000$21,879
Over $110,000$52,081

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Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and North Carolina state board of nursing.
Duke University
103 Allen Bldg
Durham, NC 27708

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