Duke University

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Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892.[11] In 1924, tobacco industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment, prompting the institution to change its name in honor of his deceased father, Washington Duke.

The University is organized into two undergraduate, ten graduate and professional schools, and seven institutes. In its 2011 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's undergraduate program 9th among national universities,[12] while ranking the medical, law, public affairs, nursing and business graduate programs as high as 6th and as low as 15th, all among the top 15 in the United States.[13] Duke University is also ranked 14th in the 2010 QS World University Rankings.[14]

Duke's research expenditures are among the largest ten in the U.S.A.[15] Competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Duke's athletic teams have twelve national championships, including four by its men's basketball team.

Besides academics, research, and athletics, Duke is also well known for its sizable campus and Collegiate Gothic architecture, especially the Duke Chapel. The forests surrounding parts of the campus belie the University's proximity to downtown Durham. Duke's 8,610 acres (35 km2) contain three contiguous campuses in Durham as well as a marine lab in Beaufort. Construction projects have updated both the freshmen-populated Georgian-style East Campus and the main Gothic-style West Campus, as well as the adjacent Medical Center over the past five years.

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