Duke University, located in Durham, North Carolina, is a private research university, affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The university, founded in 1838, has a current enrollment of about 14,500 undergraduate and post-graduate students.
Duke is known for its sprawling 8,600 acre campus, its beautiful stone architecture, its excellent engineering program, its School of Medicine and its winning basketball team.
About Duke University
Duke University is ranked as the seventh best university in the United States by U.S. News and World Report magazine. The university, which is affiliated with but not controlled by the Methodist Church, is also one of the largest private research universities in the country. Duke boasts a number of notable alumni, including former President Richard Nixon, former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, talk show host Charlie Rose, Pulitzer Prize winners Anne Tyler and William Styron, and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Visiting Duke University
Duke University is located about 15 miles from Raleigh Durham International Airport. Public bus and shuttle service are available between the airport and the campus. Once on campus, it's easy to get around. The university offers a free shuttle between the four main quadrants of the campus.
Highlights of visiting Duke University include the Duke Chapel, a 1,600 Gothic church and icon of the university; the 7,000-acre Duke Forest; the 55-acre Sarah P. Duke Gardens; the Nasher Museum of Art and the William R. Perkins Library, one of the largest collegiate libraries in the United States. It's also enjoyable to just stroll around the campus. Travel + Leisure magazine has named the Duke campus one of the loveliest in the United States.
Of course, if you're visiting the university during basketball season, no trip to Duke would be complete without watching the Blue Devils on the court. After all, the men's team has captured four national titles during its illustrious history.
You don't have to be a student or a parent to enjoy a visit to Duke University. The campus is a delightful place to spend the day any time of year