Why Durham

Higher Education

Durham takes great pride in its educational resources and opportunities.

Duke University is one of the nation’s premier private institutions and one of the state’s largest private employers. North Carolina Central University is an integral part of the University of North Carolina system, while Durham Technical Community College is an important part of the region’s effort to provide an educated and trained workforce.

Duke University

Younger than most other prestigious U.S. research universities, Duke University consistently ranks among the very best. Duke’s graduate and professional schools — in business, divinity, engineering, the environment, law, medicine, nursing and public policy — are among the leaders in their fields. Duke’s home campus is situated on nearly 9,000 acres in Durham, N.C, a city of more than 200,000 people. Duke also is active internationally through the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, Duke Kunshan University in China and numerous research and education programs across the globe. More than 75 percent of Duke students pursue service-learning opportunities in Durham and around the world through DukeEngage and other programs that advance the university’s mission of “knowledge in service to society.”

9,000 acre
Campus in Durham, NC
15,000+ students
8:1 Student/Faculty Ratio

North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Consistently ranked as a top Historically Black College or University and Best Regional University in the South by U.S. News & World Report, NCCU offers flagship programs in the sciences, education, law, business, nursing and the arts. From semesters abroad in countries throughout Latin America and Asia to partnerships with institutions in China and the Caribbean, NCCU Eagles spread their wings wide and fly far with cultural immersions, global exchanges and study abroad experiences.

Identified as a Community Engaged Institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the NC Central community lives by the institution’s motto of “Truth and Service.” For the 2018-2019 academic year, students contributed more than 199,700 hours of public service, the equivalent of $5.1 million dollars returned to the surrounding Triangle region economy.

My passion for equity and justice flourished when I entered NCCU. Student success has always been at the top of my priorities, and my involvement in student government allows me to have a platform to address students’ struggles.”
Hollan Strepay

NCCU Class of 2021, 2020 Cohort of Newman Civic Fellows

Durham Technical Community College

Durham Tech students develop the skills and experiences to succeed. Career-ready graduates are ready for the real world and our award-winning programs help them discover their paths. Durham Tech offers more than 100 degrees, diplomas, and certificates and serves more than 15,000 students in curriculum, continuing, and corporate education. Durham Tech students have outstanding opportunities for transferring to one of our four-year partner institutions, work-based learning experiences, high school and dual enrollment options, and career and technical education programs.