Tracing its origins to 1838, Duke University has evolved into one of the world's leading institutions for education, research and patient care. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is comprised of two major organizations: Duke University and Duke University Health System.
At Duke University, the mission is to provide a superior liberal arts education, prepare people for lives of skilled and ethical service, advance the frontiers of knowledge, foster health and well being, and promote a sincere spirit of tolerance. Duke faculty and staff members work every day in support of this mission.
The intent of a Duke education is to instill certain "habits of mind"--critical thinking, creative problem solving, an appetite for discovery--that will help students succeed at Duke and throughout life.
Since the founding of Duke in 1838, academic expansion has led to the establishment of new graduate and professional schools. Duke University is currently comprised of ten schools and colleges:
- Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
- School of Law
- Divinity School
- Graduate School
- School of Medicine (including Duke Clinical Research Institute and the Private Diagnostic Clinic)
- School of Nursing
- Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
- Pratt School of Engineering
- Fuqua School of Business
- Duke Sanford School of Public Policy