Vault Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Uppers

  • Located in the vibrant city of Durham, North Carolina
  • Low student-teacher ratio and small class sizes

Downers

  • Most selective
  • Expensive

The Bottom Line

  • Duke University is a well-respected private institution, with roots dating back to 1838, which provides students with strong liberal arts and engineering degree programs through small classes and an engaged faculty, and access to all the perks of the “Bull City” (aka Durham).

Admissions

Duke is ranked eighth of all national universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2013 edition of "Best Colleges." Admission is competitive. In the 2011-2012 academic year the school accepted 12 percent of students who applied for Regular Decision and 25 percent who applied for Early...

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