In accordance with federal regulations set forth under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, below is a summary of consumer information that must be made available to all students at Duke University.
Each topic provides a brief description of the information that must be disclosed and provides access to the information. Written copies of all information can be requested by emailing Finaid@duke.edu
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General Institutional Information
Each year, Duke distributes to all enrolled students a notice of the availability of information required pursuant to specific requirements under the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), as amended, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended.
A paper copy of any and all of the information provided on this page is available upon request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (919) 684-6225.
Duke University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Duke University or to file complaints with the accrediting association.
University Schools and programs are also accredited by the following organizations:
- American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
- American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
- American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation
- Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
- Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
- Liaison Committee on Medical Education
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
In 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law H.R. 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This bill, a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965, includes provisions that are designed to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing.
Effective Fall 2010 the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires all institutions receiving federal financial aid to "publish," in time for registration, a list of all required and recommended books and other course materials for all classes offered at the institution. This includes all schools — undergraduate, graduate and professional. The items we must display are:
- Book title, including edition
- Book author
- ISBN number
- Retail price
This is an effort to make more transparent the cost of education, as indicated in the following statement from the HEOA:
PURPOSE AND INTENT — The purpose of this section is to ensure that students have access to affordable course materials by decreasing costs to students and enhancing transparency and disclosure with respect to the selection, purchase, sale, and use of course materials. It is the intent of this section to encourage all of the involved parties, including faculty, students, administrators, institutions of higher education, bookstores, distributors, and publishers, to work together to identify ways to decrease the cost of college textbooks and supplemental materials for students while supporting the academic freedom of faculty members to select high quality course materials for students.
For additional information on our Textbook Compliance Strategy and common Textbook FAQs please click here.
The Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) is the office on campus charged with and committed to providing educational opportunities for students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
The SDAO uses a multifaceted team-based approach to determine eligibility for services and accommodations to qualified ﬁrst-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as graduate and professional students. Our goal is to provide and coordinate accommodations that enable students with disabilities to have equal access to all Duke University programs and activities. Services and accommodations are provided to students with a variety of disabilities including, but not limited to, Attention Deﬁcit Hyperactivity Disorders, blindness/low vision, deafness/hard of hearing, learning disabilities, psychological disorders (including Autism Spectrum disorders), mobility, and chronic health, as well as other medical conditions.
Please click here for more information including University student rights and responsibilities.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (link is external) (FERPA, also known as the Buckley Amendment) was passed by Congress in 1974 to protect the confidentiality of student records and information. Duke University’s policy on student records incorporates the rights guaranteed by FERPA. Students are notified of their FERPA rights annually through publication in the Duke University Bulletin and the student handbook. Additional information can be found through the Registrar's Office.
To vote in North Carolina or in your home state get all the information you need by contacting the Center for Political Leadership, Innovation and Service at (919) 613-9320 or email email@example.com .
Detailed information on voter registration and how to vote can also be found online or by stopping by the Center’s Offices at 201 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708.
Information on Duke’s Voting Policy for staff can be found on the Human Resources website.
The University Bulletins provide the University’s official information on programs of study, academic requirements, teaching staff, academic calendar, and other matters pertaining to study at the University. To consult the University Bulletin for the School you are interested in, please click here.
A student's enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the home institution may be considered enrollment at the home institution for the purpose of applying for assistance under Title IV, of the Higher Education Act, as amended, program.
For more information on Duke’s Study Abroad and Study Away Programs please visit Duke's Global Education Office.
To view the Transfer Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements for schools at Duke please visit the websites below for the school-specific policies:
- Divinity School (scroll to bottom of page for transfer info)
- Fuqua School of Business (Under Admissions Process FAQ “Does Fuqua Accept Transfer credits?”)
- Graduate School
- Nicholas School for the Environment (See FAQ “Can I transfer in to the Duke MEM/MF Programs?”)
- Sanford School of Public Policy (see page 5)
- School of Law
- School of Medicine (Scroll down to FAQ “Do you admit transfer students?”)
- School of Nursing
The US Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. Duke’s gainful employment disclosures are available on the individual school websites:
Divinity School (see bottom of the page)
Federal Regulations require that students have an “Ability to Benefit” from post-secondary education before they can receive Federal Student Aid, which typically refers to earning a high school diploma and being enrolled in a degree-seeking program. For more information on Duke’s ATB policy, please click here.
The Undergraduate cost of attendance is an estimate of the total of tuition, fees, room, meals, transportation, books/supplies, and personal expenses not accounting for any financial assistance from Duke or any outside grant agency that may be received.
To see the Undergraduate total cost of attendance please visit this site.
To estimate your own cost at Duke (to include estimated grant aid) please go to our Net Price Calculator here.
To get a quick estimated aid range by answer 5 simple questions please visit our cost estimator here.
Use our interactive calculators for an estimate of how much financial aid you might be eligible to receive and what your overall cost to attend Duke undergraduate programs might be. Click here.
Duke has eight graduate and professional schools, each with its own tuition and fees. The living expenses for graduate and professional students living in Durham is the same at each school. To see the cost of attendance for each individual school and how it may differ by program please visit:
Federal regulations require that, in order to be eligible for assistance from any Federal Title IV student aid program (Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct/PLUS Loan, and State Student Incentive Grant Programs) a student must be making satisfactory academic progress.
To read Duke’s full policy on SAP for undergraduates, click here.
For SAP requirements for the Graduate and Professional Schools, please click the links below:
Fuqua School of Business (see page 10)
The Graduate School (see section 11)
Sanford School of Public Policy (see section 12, page 21)
If a student withdraws from school before the end of the term, there may be an adjustment of the amount of tuition charged depending on the withdrawal date. To see the official university schedule of percentage of tuition to be refunded at a particular time during the semester please visit: Tuition Withdrawal. For the schedule of tuition refund at the medical school please visit: Tuition Withdrawal (see page 19).
To view the University policy on refunds to students or parents for overpayment of the student bill please click here.
To view the University’s policy on when federal Title IV funds must be returned, and the policies surrounding those funds, please click here.
Types of Aid Available
Institutional need-based and merit-based funds as well as federal, state and outside sources of grant funding are available to all undergraduates applying to Duke. Work Study Funds are also available to all undergraduates at Duke. Different eligibility requirements must be met to qualify for different types of funding. Please see this link to review the types of funding available at Duke and their eligibility requirements.
Federal Student Loans
Need-based loan funds are available to undergraduates at Duke. Non-need based federal student loans are also available to undergraduates, graduate students, and parents of undergraduates at Duke. For information on how to apply for federal student loans, to review rates and terms, and to see sample repayment schedules, please visit this link regarding loans.
Private Student Loans
Private student loans are available to students at a variety of interest rates and repayment terms. To see the difference between the federal loans and private loans, to understand how to apply and to learn more about Dukes Educational Assistance Loan (DEAL), please click here.
Other Sources of Aid
While the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid considers students for need-based aid only, other sources of funding are available to help with the cost of Duke. Merit scholarships, scholarships from outside organizations, veterans benefits, tuition benefit programs, loans, and other sources of aid can all serve to make a Duke education more affordable.
Please visit this link to review information on merit scholarships, veterans benefits, outside scholarships, tuition benefits, and other sources of aid available to undergraduates at Duke.
A range of need-based and non-need based loans are available to students and parents of undergraduates at duke. To see how to apply, review the terms and repayment schedules, consider recommended private lenders please visit our student loan page.
In an effort to make the lender selection process easier for our students and parents, and to ensure that they are choosing reliable and stable lenders, the University publishes a list of “Recommended Private Lenders.” To review our full list for US Citizens/Permanent Residents, Non-US citizens with co-signers, and Non-US citizens, please visit Recommended Lenders.
Duke University has established a set of publicly available principles and policies to govern educational lending practices for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. These principles emphasize that our lending practices come from a commitment to the best interests of our students. Neither Duke nor its employees accept financial payments, goods or services of material value from lenders. All employees involved in financial aid and student lending are subject to a rigorous conflict-of-interest policy. Please review our full Educational Lending Code of Conduct.
Duke provides a federally outlined Shopping Sheet to all veterans applying to Duke, so that they can compare Duke’s award with a Shopping Sheet from another institution. The Shopping Sheet is included with any financial aid offer an admitted veteran receives.
To see what is included on the Shopping Sheet, click here.
Health and Safety
All students are required to complete certain immunization requirements prior to their arrival on-campus. North Carolina State Law (General Statutes §130A 152–157) requires that all students entering college present a certificate of immunization that documents that the student has received all immunizations required by law. While a state or country of origin may have different immunization requirements, all students must comply with North Carolina laws and Duke requirements.
Keeping you safe is Duke’s top priority. As required by the The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or "Clery Act", Duke alerts students and employees in a timely manner of crimes that pose a serious or continuing threat to the Duke community. Depending on the nature and location of the incident, Duke may send a “DukeALERT” message to all students, faculty, and staff at their Duke e-mail accounts and mobile device, if they enrolled in the text service.
Duke prepares an Annual Security Report in compliance with the Clery Act and distributes it by email to the Duke community in the beginning of October each year. It includes reported campus crime statistics for the past three years and information about campus security policies.
A printed report is available by visiting the Records Division, Duke University Police Department, 502 Oregon Street, Durham, NC 27708, or by calling (919) 684-4602.
The Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act is an amendment to the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This amendment serves to increase campus fire safety awareness across the nation, providing students and their families with the fire safety records of colleges/universities. Signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 14, 2008, this amendment requires post-secondary institutions to publicly display fire safety information and statistics, much as they already do with other safety statistics, such as campus theft and assault. This information provides prospective and current students of the policies, concerns, and fire safety conditions that are present at the institution in which they have applied or are enrolled.
To view Duke University’s Fire Safety Information including fire safety descriptions, fire drill information, policies, evacuation procedures, training, improvement plans and fire incident logs please click here.
For the most recent Fire Safety Report
For more information or for written copies of fire policies, programs and procedures please contact: Fred Knipper, Director of Fire and Life Safety, (919) 668-3231 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Duke University Police Department maintains and provides daily and weekly summaries of all reported campus crimes. Campus crime logs can be viewed here.
As a community of scholars and learners, Duke University expects those within its community to be responsible with the use of alcohol. This policy shall guide the role of alcohol everywhere on the Duke campus and at all events sponsored by Duke organizations, schools, or administrative units. Students, staff, and faculty members are encouraged to learn about the social, physiological, and psychological consequences of drinking and alcohol abuse. Excessive and high-risk drinking can lead to negative consequences for the Duke community, including assault, illness, injury, litter, noise, property damage, and driving under the influence. All members of the Duke community share responsibility for creating an environment that limits dangerous drinking behaviors and, therefore, reduces the likelihood of these negative outcomes.
To read the University-Wide Alcohol Policy in full, please visit the Alcohol section at this link.
To read the University-Wide Drug and Drug Paraphernalia policy in full and possible consequences of violating that policy please visit the policy under Substance Abuse Policy.
Alcohol and other substance misuse and abuse can impact all dimensions of your wellbeing. We are here as a resource to provide prevention and education opportunities, social host responsibility training, and organizational risk management workshops. Whether you are looking for information or strategies for yourself, a friend, or for a larger organization, DuWell can work with you to develop an action plan for reducing the potential harm stemming from high-risk activities.
Click here for more detailed information on programs and help.
Substance abuse is detrimental to an individual’s health and may jeopardize safety in the workplace. For these and other reasons, the unauthorized use, possession, storage, manufacture, distribution and sale of alcohol, controlled substances, and illegal drugs is prohibited on Duke’s premises or during any business conducted in Duke-supplied vehicles or during working hours.
The “Drug-Free Workplace Act” and the “Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulation” require Duke – as a federal contractor and grant recipient – to certify that it will provide a drug-free workplace/campus. As a condition of employment on such contracts and grants, staff will abide by the terms of this statement and notify Duke of any criminal drug statute convictions not later than five days after such convictions for violations occurring on Duke premises. This includes convictions for the unlawful use, possession (including the storage in a desk, locker, or other repository), manufacture, distribution, dispensation, or sale of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or controlled substances on Duke premises or while conducting business in Duke supplied vehicles or during working hours.
Duke will not condone criminal activity on its property (or on property under its direct control) and will take appropriate corrective actions up to and including termination or required participation in drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation programs.
Please visit here for policy details.
In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Duke University has developed a policy for notifying the designated emergency contact in DukeHub for a student who is determined to be missing.
If members of the Duke community believe that a student has been missing for 24 hours, it is critical that they report that information to the Duke University Police at (919) 684-2444.
For a full record of Duke’s Policy on Missing Student Notification please see p. 35 of the Duke University Annual Security Report.
Emergency preparedness and emergency response is critical to the reliability of our systems on campus and is equally important in helping to manage emergencies that impact Duke facilities.
For more information or to view the University’s Emergency Management Plan
For Duke’s policy during Severe Weather and Emergency Conditions
Duke University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, and sexual harassment and sexual violence are types of sex discrimination. Other acts can also be forms of sex-based discrimination and are also prohibited, sexually based or not, and include dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. As a result, Duke University issues this statement of policy to inform the community of our comprehensive plan addressing sexual misconduct, educational programs, and procedures that address sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, whether the incident occurs on or off campus and when it is reported to a University official. In this context, Duke University prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and reaffirms its commitment to maintain a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the University community.
Click here for information on Duke University’s Harassment & Discrimination Policy
Click here for information on Duke University’s Workplace Violence Response
For the student policy on sexual misconduct, click here.
For the report on Duke's athletic program's participation rates and financial support data pursuant to the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act.
Duke University Equity in Athletics Report (EADA) lists the number of participants in varsity athletics, information on the coaching staff including salaries, athletically related student aid as well as information on revenues and expenses by team and in total.
NCAA Division 1 Graduation Success Rates (GSR) lists the overall GSR for Division I, Football subdivision GSR, football championship subdivision GSR as well as Division I (non-football) GSR. To see Duke specific graduation success rates, please enter Duke University to Search.
The Duke Career Outcomes data is from the Senior Survey, designed by the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE), and is administered to seniors, via the web each April. It asks seniors about their post-graduation plans, satisfaction with their undergraduate education, services provided by the university and their participation in activities.
To see the most recent survey results please visit this link.
In addition, we conduct an alumni survey to track the career paths of our undergraduates over time. Please visit this link to see the most recent Career Path survey results.
Duke reports its retention and graduation rates through the Integrated Post Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS). It outlines first-to-second- year retention rates, overall graduation rate, 4-year, 6-year and 8-year bachelor’s degree graduation rates, and graduation rates by ethnicity. Outcome measures are broken out by Pell grant and non-Pell grant recipients.
Please visit this link to view Duke’s most recent Graduation and Retention rates in IPEDS.
To view Duke’s most recent outcome measures by Pell eligibility please click here.
The IPEDS Report contains university-specific annual data relating to cost, aid available, net price, enrollment, admissions, retention and graduation rates, Outcome measures, program/majors, veterans information, athletic teams, accreditation, campus security, and cohort default rates.
To view Duke University’s most recent IPEDs report, please click here.