Studying At Duke University Overview - Courses Offered By Duke University

Duke University was established by Methodists and Quakers in the year 1838 at Trinity as Brown’s Schoolhouse. In 1924 James B Duke established The Duke Endowment and as a result the University got its present name, which is dedicated to his father, Washington Duke. Duke University currently is a private educational university which is located at Durham in North Carolina in USA. The University has been ranked at the 14th position in the 2010 QS world university rankings. Duke University has a considerably big campus consisting of as many as 220 Gothic style buildings and the famous Duke forest. The university has three campuses in Durham – east, west and central campuses, a medical center and a marine lab in Beaufort. One of the main tourist attractions in the University is the Sarah P Duke Gardens. The Duke University libraries such as- William R Perkins Library, Medical Center Library, Lilly library, Pearse Memorial Library etc- have more than six million volumes and 17.7 million manuscripts. The Academic programs at Duke University are offered by ten graduate professional schools and institutes and two undergraduate schools. The two undergraduate schools include –Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and Pratt School of Engineering. Duke University has approximately 6400 undergraduate students and 7262 graduates. Close to 40% on an average receive financial aid with an average grant figure of $26700. Few students also receive merit based scholarships such as the Angier B Duke Memorial Scholarship. The University offers 4 engineering majors, 36 arts and sciences majors, 36 other majors that are approved under Program II and 16 certificate programs. There are ten graduate schools under the Duke University – Fuqua School of Business, School of Medicine, School of Law, Pratt School of Engineering, Divinity School, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Sanford School of Public Policy, School of Nursing, Graduate School and Nicholas School of the Environment. Institutes under the Duke University include – Duke Global Health Institute, Institute of Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Science Research Institute and Kenan Institute of Ethics. All freshmen of the University are required to live on campus for the first three years of their undergraduate studies. Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the USA and Ricardo Lagos, the 33rd Chilean President are some of the notable alumni of Duke University.  
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