Mindful that you're a student-athlete—and not just a student—we offer you the 4th Annual STACK Elite 50 Colleges, a ranking of the best schools for academically-minded athletes. After months of crunching numbers [wins, losses, championships, school rankings, academic progress and more], we improved on our prior years' compilations to help you choose a school with the right balance of academics and athletics.
Duke University lands in our #7 spot.
Total Points: 57.10
Top-15 Ranked Sports: 11
U.S. News Rank: 9
WHY THEY'RE ON TOP
The Blue Devils raised hell against opponents, placing five sports in the top five Elite 50 sport-specific rankings: men's and women's hoops [1 & 3], lacrosse , women's golf  and women's tennis .
Ranked Sports: Men's Basketball , Lacrosse , Women's Tennis , Women's Golf , Women's Basketball , Men's Tennis , Men's Soccer , Volleyball , Women's Cross Country , Men's Golf  and Women's Soccer 
Location: Durham, N.C.
Year founded: 1838 as Trinity College; 1924 as Duke University
Percentage of freshmen in top 10% of their graduating class: 90
Application fee: $75
Acceptance rate: 22%
Average GPA of incoming freshmen: N/A
Male/female ratio: 52/48
Student/faculty ratio: 11/1
Percentage of students from out of state: 85
Christoph Guttentag, Director of Admissions
2138 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Nickname: Blue Devils
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
National championships: 10 [4 men, 6 women]
Longest coaching tenure: Mike Krzyzewski, Men's Basketball, 29 years
Nearest professional team: Carolina Hurricanes [NHL] in Raleigh, N.C., 25 miles
Notable alumni: Former President Richard Nixon, sports agent Drew Rosenhaus, ESPN personality Jay Bilas, WNBA star Alana Beard, NBA players Luol Deng, Elton Brand, Grant Hill, Carlos Boozer and Shane Battier
Fast fact: Though it hasn't had a winning season in several years, the football program has participated in four major bowl games and has won or shared the American Football Coaches Association's academic achievement award 12 times, leading the nation in graduation rate of their athletes as recently as 2005.
Go to elite50.stack.com to read more on Duke and the rest of the STACK Elite 50 Colleges.
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