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All About Duke University
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
In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James B
Duke established The Duke Endowment, at which time the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke.
The university's campus spans over on three contiguous campuses in Durham as well as a marine lab in Beaufort
Duke's main campus (designed largely by African American architect Julian Abele) incorporates Gothic architecture with the Duke Chapel at the campus' center and highest point of elevation
The freshmen-populated East Campus contains Georgian-style architecture, while the main Gothic-style West Campus 1.5 miles away is adjacent to the Medical Center.
Duke's research expenditures in the 2012 fiscal year were $1.01 billion, the seventh largest in the nation
Competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Duke's athletic teams, known as the Blue Devils, have captured 15 team national championships, including four by its high profile men's basketball team
In 2013, Duke was ranked 17th and 23rd in the world by Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings, respectively, while tying for 7th in the U.S
in the 2014 U.S
News & World Report "Best National Universities Rankings."