Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- Foreign countries
- New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
African American: 4%
Asian American: 12%
Native American: 0%
The gay scene is not very visible at Duke, but gays are certainly not singled out for persecution. A recent campaign for gay acceptance, involving T-shirts reading "Love is Love," was met with an enthusiastic response, as students across campus lined up to get the shirts; the 2,000 shirts ordered quickly ran out.
Duke, like most universities, has a strong liberal streak, but conservatives have made their voices heard, as well. There are a variety of political organizations on campus that are populated by a significant percentage of the student body. Students advocate for a wide range of political causes, and the University regularly schedules guest political speakers, which are usually very well attended. For example, in 2010, more than 1,000 tickets to see Al Gore lecture sold out in a matter of minutes.
The Duke student body is definitely upper-middle class. Even those who use financial aid usually manage to look well-off. There are, of course, people from a variety of economic backgrounds, but you wouldn't think it in your first glance of campus. Duke is clearly image-conscious.
Most Common Religions
The spires of Duke University Chapel dominate the West Campus view, and in the basement of the Chapel, Duke's Religious Life Center funds and promotes many of the religions most prominent on campus. The most popular faiths are Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism. The Freeman Center for Jewish Life provides a location for Jewish activities and kosher dining, and Duke University Chapel hosts services for a wide array of denominations every week.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Duke has a number of thriving minority clubs, which put on astounding cultural programs each year. Perhaps one of the most active is SAASA, the South Asian-American Student Association, which involves most of the South Asian students on campus. The ASA (Asian Students Association) is also a vibrant part of the community.