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Duke University Ranks 8th In 2009 U.S. News Rankings

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For the third consecutive year, Duke University has placed eighth in the annual ranking from U.S. News & World Report magazine of national universities that offer doctoral degrees, sharing the position this year with Columbia University and the University of Chicago.

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 commonly linked to student success.” Duke was cited in the categories for first-year experience, study abroad, service learning and writing in the disciplines. Duke was cited in the latter two categories last year as well.

Duke received a No. 12 ranking in a category called “great schools, great prices,” for which the magazine 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 said.

In December, Duke announced a major expansion of its undergraduate financial aid program to benefit students from lower- and middle-income families. It remains among the small number of U.S. universities with a “need-blind” admissions policy that accepts students without regard to family income.

Duke's biomedical/biomedical engineering programs again placed second in the rankings, and its undergraduate engineering program tied again at No. 25 among doctoral universities.

“We’re pleased to see Duke’s faculty and students recognized for their excellence once again,” said Provost Peter Lange, the university’s top academic official. “We also are pleased to see Duke continuing to be cited so frequently in the magazine’s ‘programs to look for’ because these reflect the university’s wide-ranging efforts to provide undergraduates with a rich academic experience that encourages them to engage with societal issues.

“As always, we remind students and parents of the limitations of these and other rankings, which they should use as only one source of information as they engage with the college application process. Duke attracts a wonderful student body and we encourage young people who are interested in applying to visit the campus and see Duke for themselves.”

Additional information about the U.S. News & World Report rankings is available here.

Released by Duke University Office of News and Communications.

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