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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.
In its 2013 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's undergraduate program eighth among national universities.
 
In the 2012-13 QS World University Rankings, Duke was ranked 20th globally. In 2012, it was reported that the university spent close to a billion dollars on research in fiscal year 2010 and was ranked 5th nationally in terms of research expenditure. Forbes magazine ranked Duke 7th in the world on its list of 'power factories' in 2012.
 
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Duke's student body consists of 6,484 undergraduates and 8,107 graduate and professional students (as of fall 2012).The university has "historic and symbolic ties to the Methodist Church but it always has been independent in its governance."Admission to Duke is highly selective; Duke received 31,600 applications in 2012, and admitted 11.9%.According to The Huffington Post, Duke was the tenth toughest university in the United States to get into based on admissions data from 2010. 
 
The yield rate (the percentage of accepted students who choose to attend the university) was approximately 42%. For the class of 2015, 90% of enrolled students ranked in the top 10% of their high school classes; 97% ranked in the top quarter. The middle 50% range of SAT scores for the freshman students enrolled in Fall 2011 is 660-750 for verbal/critical reading, 690-780 for math, and 670-770 for writing, while the ACT Composite range is 30–34.
 
Duke's endowment had a market value of $5.6 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012.The University's special academic facilities include an art museum, several language labs, the Duke Forest, the Duke Herbarium, a lemur center, a phytotron, a free electron laser, a nuclear magnetic resonance machine, a nuclear lab, and a marine lab. Duke is a leading participant in the National Lambda Rail Network and runs a program for gifted children known as the Talent 
 

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