Duke University has placed eighth in U.S. News & World Report magazine's latest annual ranking of national universities that offer doctoral degrees, once again receiving one of the highest scores through the magazine's methodology.
U.S. News also singled out Duke in four of eight categories of "programs to look for," which it called "outstanding examples of academic programs that are believed to lead to student success. Duke was cited in the "senior capstone" category and in three other categories in which it also was included last year: first-year experiences, undergraduate research and creative projects and writing in the disciplines.
In addition, the magazine ranked Duke as 10th in a category called "great schools, great prices." The formula used by U.S. News to determine this ranking compares a school's academic quality with the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. "The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal," the magazine explained.
Other North Carolina schools in the "great schools, great prices" category were the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 9th; N.C. State, 32nd; and Wake Forest, 39th.
Duke's undergraduate engineering program tied for No. 25 among doctoral universities. Its biomedical/biomedical engineering programs ranked No. 2.
"We're pleased that Duke did well again in the U.S. News rankings but, as always, urge prospective students and others to look more deeply at Duke and other universities to see which is the best match for them," said Provost Peter Lange, Duke's senior academic officer. "Duke combines strong undergraduate education with all of the opportunities and facilities of a great research university. It also encourages students to stretch themselves intellectually through independent study and service beyond the classroom. These latest rankings are good news but should be no more than a starting point for anyone considering applying to Duke."
During the past 10 years, Duke's position in the U.S. News & World Report rankings has ranged between three and eight.
Additional information about the U.S. News & World Report rankings is available at www.usnews.com.