Duke University

Established in 1838 in Randolph County, North Carolina, Duke University has

had several names through the years: Brown School (1838-1841), Union Institute (1841-1851), Normal College (1851-1859) and Trinity College (1859-1925).  Duke University was relocated to Durham in

1892 due largely to a land donation and monetary contribution from Washington Duke (tobacco magnet) and Julian Carr (industrialist).  Duke is a private research university founded by the Methodists and Quakers.  Duke University's motto is of "knowledge and faith," likely originating from a Methodist hymn by Charles Wesley (brother of John Wesley.)

Duke University has 2,877 faculty members and 13,457 students today.  Nestled on nearly 9,000 acres, Duke is well known for its stunning Gothic architecture and 210 foot tall Duke Chapel, Duke is also known for academics and athletics.  Home to the Duke Blue Devils, you will always see Duke blue and white across the campus!  Hundreds of thousands of visitors visit the campus every year.

Duke University Medical Center, established in 1930, and Duke University Hospital, completed in 1980, are situated north of West Campus and are top-rated hospital and medical schools.  These facilities along with the university have a $3.4 Billion dollar total impact in Durham.

Duke has 26 varsity sports teams.  The Duke Blue Devils have won 10 NCAA national championships and Duke Athletes have the highest graduation rate of any institution in the country. The basketball team has 3 Nation Championships, the football team has won 7 ACC Football Championships, the women's golf team has won 5 National Championships and the men's soccer and women's tennis have each won 1 National Championship.

Greek life is popular at Duke.  About 30% of the undergraduate men and 40% of undergraduate women belong to Greek fraternities or sororities.

Duke University is recognized across the world.  Recent accolades include US News & World Report (2010) naming the university's undergraduate program 10th among national universities in addition to the medical, law and business schools named among the top 12 in the United States.

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