Duke university  durham  north carolina   united states
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Brief background: 

Duke University is a private research university that was established in 1838. This University is often considered as the academic and research powerhouse, owing to its academic focus and growth. It was rated 8th in National Public Universities by the U.S. News & World Report as well as "America's Best Graduate Schools 2018" by the same organization. In the 2017 ranking by U.S. News & World Report, its Engineering schools, the Pratt School of Engineering, got the 30th rank in the U.S.

The University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors degrees and many graduate programs through schools such as the Fuqua School of Business, the School of Medicine, the School of Law, the Pratt School of Engineering, and the School of Nursing. Its engineering school, the Pratt School of Engineering, is quite good and ranks among the top 50 in all fields. 


Duke University world ranking is #42 in the QS Global World Rankings 2021. The university is ranked 20th in the World University Rankings 2021 and 5th in the US College Rankings 2021 by the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings.

Acceptance Rate

Duke University acceptance rate is usually around 7.6% overall. Its acceptance rate for Indian students has been 27% historically. 


The campus, located in Durham, is spread over 8691 acres and is known for its natural beauty. With a private research forest located within the campus and buildings with Gothic architecture, the campus looks splendid. The library system of the University collectively holds 6 million volumes of books. Some other facilities present on campus are ultra-modern laboratories, lecture halls, athletic facilities, and others. The University’s Levine Science Research Center is the biggest single-site interdisciplinary research facility present in any American university. 

Residing Options:

Though Duke University offers on-campus accommodation, most students prefer to live off-campus as it is both cheaper and more convenient. The most preferred areas for off-campus accommodation are The Belmont, Erwin Mill and West Village and students can bring down their rent further of they share their room or apartment with a roommate. 

Faculty and pedagogy:

Duke University has a long list of excellent faculty members. In fact, Thomson Reuters, in 2014, named 32 of Duke's faculty members in its list of Highly Cited Researchers. The University has 10 Nobel laureates and 3 Turing Award winners teaching students. Professors are always willing to help students if the students take the initiative.


Duke University tuition fees for Indian students is around $53,000, of course, depending upon the course the student is choosing. The annual off-campus living cost is around $6,000.

Financial aid:

Being a private University, Duke does not give out too many scholarships. The few that it does give out is mostly performance-based. If you are aiming for a scholarship here, ensure that your grades are excellent and you might and one of the few scholarships. 

Jobs and placements:

According to the official website of the university, 73.4% of the students that graduated in 2018 either accepted job positions or had offers at the time of completion of their degree. About 95% of them secured employment through their engagement with the Duke Career Center.
Some of the top employers from the university included technology giants like Microsoft, Facebook, Oracle and Google. Other prominent names included Amazon, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, General Motors, Deloitte and JP Morgan etc.
More than 16% of the Duke graduates find their career paths in the Computer and the IT industry, followed by healthcare (slightly less than 16%), Engineering (about5%) finance (about12%), Business & Management Consulting (9%), Scientific Research (6%), etc. 


The list of Duke University notable alumni include names like Former President of the United States Richard Nixon, Vice Chairman of J.P.Morgan Chase &Co. Steven Black and World famous philanthropist Melinda Gates. 


Duke University is a good University for most fields and if you are a biomedical student, then Duke is certainly your best bet. 

Duke University is located in Durham in the state of North Carolina. The main campus of the university is located in the eastern half of the city. It is famous for its architecture that gives it an antique touch. Therefore, it has earned the nickname – The Gothic Wonderland. The campus includes the Duke Forest on its eastern side which imparts to the university a peaceful and beautiful academic environment. The university is located close to the Research Triangle Park which houses about 170 leading tech companies.
Duke University’s campus is divided into 4 major zones. The east campus is built entirely in Georgian style and is one of the most beautiful college campuses across the US. The west campus is known for its colourful stones. It lies 2.4 km from the east campus and is the main campus of the university. The central campus lying between the east and west is the largest and contains housing facilities for students and faculty. The Duke University Medical Center is the fourth campus lying on the western side.
A free bus service known as Bull City Connector can be used to travel across the campuses. The university is also easily accessible by road and airways. It can be reached through Interstate 40 or 85. The nearest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, 20 minutes south-east of the university.    
Additionally, the university has a Marine Center in Beaufort in North Carolina. It also has campuses in China and Singapore known as Duke Kunshan University and Duke NUS-Medical School respectively.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 27%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 165
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 32
TA Appointments 0
RA appointments 332
Research funding $104,103,375
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018

Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (Pratt School of Engineering) is known for its world-class faculty in biotechnology that prepares graduates for the challenging world of industry. The faculty seeks to train students in a laboratory environment to inculcate in them the confidence and skills required for solving real-world problems in the biotech industry. Focus areas are Modeling, Analysis, Design of Molecular and Cellular Systems. The department lays greater focus on courses and research fields that are offering new challenges in the domain of biomedical engineering. The two-pronged approach of the department is the analysis of living systems on one hand and interdisciplinary study and development of technology for biomedical sciences on the other hand. The graduate BME program was ranked 3 by U.S. News & World Report. Till now, 2 companies have been founded by Duke BME faculty. The university's BME department was awarded $32.7 million in new research awards in the fiscal year of 2018, and $535 million is granted in the follow-on funding for 44 Duke-Coulter partnership projects.
The available Programs are Master’s Certificate in Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering, BS, MS (thesis), MS (non-thesis project), MEng, PhD, MD-PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
Research areas include Bioelectric Engineering; Biomaterials; Biomechanics and Mechanobiology; Biomedical Imaging and Biophotonics; Biosensors and Bioinstrumentation; Computational Modeling of Biological Systems; Drug and Gene Delivery; Immune Engineering; Neural Engineering; Synthetic and Systems Biology; Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.
A third of the students from undergraduate programs attend graduate school and about a fifth attend a dental or medical school.

Areas of Expertise: Genomics/Gene and Drug Delivery; Medical Imaging; Bioelectric Engr/Neuroengineering; Biophotonics/Bio-Optics; Biomolecular/Cell/Tissue Engr; Biomechanics/Biomaterials
List of Labs: MRSEC

Civil and Environmental

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has its roots going back to more than one and a half-century. Ever since its inception in 1927, the department has taken pride in contributing to the society by producing some of the finest, most creative and sensitive civil engineers and researchers. Today it lays focus on engineering sustainable designs and training young minds to provide solutions that do not harm the environment. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has focused on ascertaining and analyzing the minutest impacts of new technologies on the environment. Besides, it has also concentrated on making the prevailing technologies and engineering methods environment-friendly. The Interdisciplinary character of the programs and a wide variety of courses to choose from allow students to tailor their study according to their interests as well as industry needs. The environmental graduate program was ranked among the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report and was ranked 17 in U.S. civil engineering scholarly productivity by Academic Analytics. Till now 2 companies have been founded by the Duke BME faculty. The department was awarded $6.8 million in new research awards in the fiscal year of 2018 and became Home to NSF Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology
The undergraduate programs offered are BS with majors in civil engineering (with study tracks in structural engineering or environmental engineering and water resources) and environmental engineering and BSE/MS (5 years).
The graduate programmes offered by the department are MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering; MEng in Civil Engineering; MEng in Environmental Engineering; MEng in Risk Engineering; MEng in Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing.
Specialization Tracks (MS and PhD) include Computational Mechanics and Scientific Computing; Systems, Risk and Decision; Hydrology and Fluid Dynamics.

Areas of Expertise: Environmental Process Engineering; Geosystems; Structures, Dynamics, and Mechanics; Hydroclimatology; Ecohydrology; Environmental nanotechnology
List of Labs: Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology 

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science (Trinity College of Arts and Sciences) offers the latest courses in its various CS programs that give an edge to its students over their competitors in the skill-market. Its faculty is dedicated towards providing the students with the best classroom and laboratory experience such that they ask new questions and imagine freely. Their engagement with a wide range of research areas enhances the quality of interaction, training and imparting skills at the department. The programs available are BS with concentration in Computer Systems or Data Science, BA, MS and PhD in Computer Science; MS in Economics and Computation (5th in research by CS rankings). Key Research Areas include Artificial Intelligence; Data Science; Theoretical Computer Science; Systems and Computer Science Education.

Areas of Expertise: Environmental Process Engineering; Geosystems; Structures, Dynamics, and Mechanics; Hydroclimatology; Ecohydrology; Environmental nanotechnology              List of Labs: Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

Electrical and Computer

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has earned the reputation of being a destination where the toughest challenges in the world of electrical engineering are taken head-on. The department takes pride in being the meeting point of talents from various applied sciences that enrich its interdisciplinary environment. The vast array of courses designed by the faculty has bolstered the prospects of industry engagement and employability, besides raising the bar for research. There are 34 tenured or tenure-track faculty, of which 17 are IEEE fellows. The department was awarded $21.3 million by new research awards. There are 157 PhD students, 116 MS students, 29 MEng students and 76 BSE graduates in 2018 (May graduates, ECE first major only). The department was ranked 3rd in the U.S. faculty research productivity in computer engineering and 6th in electrical engineering. Some other noteworthy accolades are its rankings as the 6th university in U.S. and 8th worldwide in AI/machine learning research, 7th in the U.S. in electrical engineering.
Programs available are BS, MS, MEng and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering; MEng in Photonics and Optical Sciences. Specialization Tracks (MS) are Robotics; Data analytics and Machine Learning; Signal and Information Processing; Engineering Physics; Microelectronics; Photonics; Nanotechnology.
Concentrations provided in the (MEng) program are Micro-Nano Systems; Photonics; Robotics; Sensing and Waves; Signal Processing and Communications.

Areas of Expertise: Photonics; Solid State Devices and Integrated Circuits; Electromagnetic Fields; Computer Engineering and Digital Systems; Signal Processing, Communications, and Controls
List of Labs: Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics; Fitzpatrick Center for Advanced Photonics & Communication Systems

Mechanical and Materials Science

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science is the foremost destination for innovation and invention through imagination. The department aims at creating solutions with the use of the latest technologies and equipment. With a very wide range of research interests of an award-winning faculty, students have the opportunity to match their interests with the skill-demand in the industry for promising careers. The breadth of the courses offered is matched with the depth of the research work demanded at the master’s level to make the department one of the most rigorous across the US.

There are 25 tenured or tenure-track faculty. The department was awarded $9.6 million in new research awards, fiscal 2018. There are 90 PhD students, 53 MS students, 19 MEng students and 84 BSE graduates (May graduates only, mechanical engineering as first major only). The department was featured in the Top 15 universities for U.S. mechanical engineering research productivity and Top 25 for the mechanical engineering graduate program in the U.S. News & World Report. Some other noteworthy accolades are Top 25 U.S. engineering undergraduate programs and Top 10 Graduate Engineering School Popular with Women

The department receives funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), private industry, and foundations.
Programs available are BSE, BSE/MS (5-year integrated) and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering; MS and MEng in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
Specialization tracks are Materials Science; Mechanics, Dynamics, and Controls; Robotics; Thermal Fluids.

Areas of Expertise: Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Materials; Computational Mechanics & Heat Transfer; Aerodynamics, Acoustics & Aeroelasticity; Thermal Science & Engineering; Nonlinear Dynamics & Control; Cellular & Membrane mechanics
List of Labs: Center for Materials Genomics; Guide 5 Consortium

Annual fees for Indians $53,000
Annual off-campus living $6,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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