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Thanks to great D and solid decisions on the offensive end, the Blue Devils head to Final Four for 16th time. #thetimeisnow

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"To see everything come together and pay off -- it's overwhelming. It's amazing." @QCook323

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Never gets old. ✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️ #theresonly1K

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HONORED to have President Bush (41) sitting courtside as we reached the Final Four.

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Captain selfie with the hardware 🏆 @qcook323 @amilejefferson

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For the 12th time under Coach K... 🏆🏆

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The road to Indy 🏆🏆🏆

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South region champs!!!! Still dancing.

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Game on. #EliteEight

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"I love my university. There's no place like Duke. Duke is a great, great school. I'm proud of being the Duke coach. Being the Duke coach has given me more than I could ever give to Duke."

- Coach K

How much is a Duke education worth?

We'd say it is one of those priceless things. But if you had to put a price tag on our program's annual investment in each player:

Value of a Duke Education


Total Student Cost

4 Year Value: Approximately $250,000

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  • Room
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  • Books/Expenses


Duke spends over $400,000 per player per year, by far tops in the nation. Duke Basketball's budget, including chartered flights for all trips to reduce travel cost and top-flight meals, is highest in the nation at approximately $14 million.


Total / Year: Approximately

4 Year Value: $1.88 million
Duke University has been ranked in the top 10 of U.S. News & World Report's ranking of America's best colleges/universities for 25 straight years.
49 majors, 56 minors, 23 certificates... 437,989 academic combinations available.
32,500 high school seniors applied to join Duke's current freshman class of about 1,700.
The admit rate of applicants at Duke is around 10%.
Over 50% of Duke students receive financial aid.
5th-largest university nationally in research funding
Duke's undergrad population includes students from over 50 countries and all 50 states.
Less than half of Duke's undergrad population is Caucasian.
According to a study by Forbes, Duke ranks 11th among universities in billionaires produced and 1st among universities in the South.
43 Rhodes scholars
100+ start-up companies are affiliated with Duke alumni and students.
8:1 student/faculty ratio with 70% of classes having fewer than 19 students.
Duke students have logged over one million hours of community service in Durham, NC alone.
Data from Payscale.com in 2012 revealed that Duke graduates earned the 6th highest median salaries among national universities in the US.
A survey by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education ranked Duke first in the country in regard to integration of African American students and faculty.
Duke ranks 5th among national universities in total number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall Scholars.
Duke's graduate level specialties ranked among the top ten in the nation include: biological sciences, medicine, nursing, engineering, law, business, English, history, physics, statistics, public affairs, physician assistant (ranked #1), clinical psychology, political science, and sociology!

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Duke Ambition

  • Take Pride
    in everything

    "Every person associated with Duke wants to do big things, wants to make a difference. It's an amazing feeling because there aren't too many places in this world like that."

    - Shane Battier (NBA Champion)

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    Duke Men's Basketball was one of only nine major conference programs recognized for posting an Academic Progress Rate (APR) among the top 10 percent in it's sport (only ACC school recognized). Duke Basketball was also one of just five major conference schools to post a perfect 100% Graduation Success Rate (GSR)... also Notre Dame, Illinois, Villanova and Wake Forest.


    Duke Players have combined for an ACC-best 19 Academic All-America selections... most recently Mason Plumlee in 2012 and 2013. Since 2000, Duke has had seven Academic All-America selections. The rest of the ACC has three combined.


    Since Coach K's first year with his own recruits (1985), Duke Basketball has had 53 ACC All-Academic Team picks...17 more than any other school. Duke has had a player on the ACC All-Academic Basketball Team for 18 straight years (usually around 10 ACC players are honored each year). Clemson has the second-longest streak going at 10 years.

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    Under the guidance of current academic director Kenny King (going back to 2003), every four-year Duke player has graduated. 99% of Coach K's four-year Duke players have graduated overall going back to his first season in 1980-81.


Life-changing experiences
on a regular basis.

"I've learned so much about myself through all kinds of unique experiences. I would not be who I am today if it wasn't for Duke. Coach K and all the people here have such a special way of bringing out your true character and your true personality."

- JJ Redick (NBA Player)

The Greatest Mentor Ever

There is only one place where you can learn life lessons under the leadership of the greatest mentor in college sports history.

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Best of Both Worlds

Duke is the lone school in the U.S. News & World Report's Top 20 Schools in America that has won a national title in the past 60+ years.

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Friendship Games

In August 2011, the Duke Basketball program embarked on an unforgettable two-week journey through China and Dubai.

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Over the past three years, Duke Basketball has traveled through six countries and 20 states... including Hawaii.

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White House Visits

Duke teams have visited three of the past four US Presidents.

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Direct Research

Quinn Cook decided to write about movie director Spike Lee for his Writing 20 final paper... and was able to actually interview the legendary filmaker in person and on campus.

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LT - Senior Graphics

Visual arts major Lance Thomas embraced his passion for art, designing graphics for our class of 2010 members.

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A Different Big Dance

Nolan Smith took advantage of a "Markets and Marketing" course to help lead a "Different Big Dance" -- and raise money for the Duke Children's Hospital.

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Kenny King helps our players manage all aspects of campus life. The NY native has two degrees from Duke (BS and MBA) and knows as many people on campus as anyone except the Duke Blue Devil. When he's not helping our guys navigate campus life, Kenny can be found rooting for the NY Yankees, hitting the links at the Washington Duke or spending time with his family (wife Robin, sons Jack, William and Alex and daughter Katie) in Durham. Every four-year Duke player has graduated under Kenny's guidance and our program has had 21 All-ACC Academic selections since he joined the staff prior to the 2002-03 season. The 2000 Duke grad served as a student-manager and has been a key part of the program for 16 years!

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"Duke University. My favorite place to get buckets."

- Kyle Singler (NBA Player)

Forever Duke


"I love Duke. And it starts with the people, from the administration to athletics to the current students -- It's everyone. It's an honor to have had the chance to represent the university and continue to represent the university and to be a part of such a wonderful family. I try to do all that I can to promote and represent the university at the highest level. I am on the board of the Legacy Fund with the basketball program, I am on the Trinity Board, I am involved in some fundraising activity. I enjoy serving the university. It has been so good to me. To be able to help give young men and women the Duke experience that I was fortunate enough to have is such a tremendous honor."

- Grant Hill (7x NBA All-Star)

The median salary of a Duke grad is $113,000
Fortune 500 companies led recently by Duke grads as CEO/President/Chairman: Apple (Tim Cook), BB&T (John Allison IV), Boston Scientific (Peter Nicholas), Chesapeake Energy (Aubrey McClendon), Cisco System (John Chambers), GM (Rick Wagoner), JPMorgan Chase (Steven Black), Meditronic (William Hawkins), Morgan Stanley (John Mack), Norfolk Southern (David Goode), Northwest Airlines (Gary Wilson), PespiCo (Karl von der Hayden), Pfizer (Edmund Pratt Jr), Bank of NY Mellon (Gerald Hassell), and Wachovia (Robert Steel).
Duke alumna Melinda Gates is the co-founder of the $31.9 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the nation's wealthiest charitable foundation.
The Duke Center for Neuroengineering is leading the Walk Again Project, which is developing a high-performance brain-controlled prosthetic device that may enable patients to escape their wheelchairs.
Blue Devil alums who now own and/or run pro sports teams: John Angelos (Executive VP - Baltimore Orioles), Aubrey McClendon (Owner - OKC Thunder), John Canning Jr. (Owner - Milwaukee Brewers), Danny Ferry (GM- Atlanta Hawks), Steve Pagliuca (Owner - Boston Celtics), Jeffrey Vinik (Owner - Tampa Bay Lightning), Billy King (GM - NJ Nets), Nick Arison (Owner - Miami Heat).
Other notable Duke grads include Richard Nixon (37th US President), Elizabeth Dole (former US Senator), Ricardo Lagos (33rd President of Chile), Martin Dempsey (Chairman - Joint Chiefs of Staff), Sean McManus (CBS News President), Dan Abrams (Legal Correspondent - Good Morning America), Ken Jeong (actor) and Mike Posner (singer/songwriter).



Duke Athletics

"It is an honor to be part of the Duke Athletics family and become friends with Olympians, national champions, All-Americans and just people who take pride in everything, not just their sport."

- Mason Plumlee (National Champion)


  • Duke Athletics has led the ACC in Academic Honor Roll selections in 26 of the past 27 years, including a record 495 honorees in 2013-14.
  • Duke's student-athlete graduation rate is 90%... Highest in Division I athletics
  • 15 national titles, over 100 ACC titles, 200+ All-Americans, 44 Olympians

Bull City


Durham is one of the country's best cities to eat, play and live. The "Bull City" provides a great home for Duke with outstanding weather, a low cost of living, plenty of entertainment options, a dynamic high-tech community, suburb shopping options, and amazing educational resources. We've heard the college basketball scene is pretty lively around here too.

We aren't the only ones who love Durham, either...

  • #1 Smartest City
    - Newsweek
  • Top 10 "Best Places to Live"
    - U.S. News & World Report
  • 41 Places to Go
    - NY Times
  • #6 Best Small City
    - Forbes
  • Top 10 Tech Town
    - Wired
  • #7 Best Places for Business & Careers
    - Forbes
  • 5th-Best Place for New College Grads
    - Atlantic Cities
  • #1 "Foodiest Town"
    - bon appetit
  • Top 10 Shopping Malls in America
    - USA Today

"Kenny King is a big part of Duke Basketball. Over my four years, I don't know if I would have made it without him. He was in constant communication with me making sure I was on top of my classes and attending study hall. Duke Basketball is obviously more than basketball and Kenny coaches us in every way off the court. He did everything he could to help me earn my degree and it is not just me. He cares about every guy on the team. He works hard. He's in here early and stays late. Kenny is a very good friend of mine and he improved my Duke experience so much."

- Nolan Smith