During the past 20 years, North Carolina has transitioned from an economy driven by tobacco and textiles to one based on knowledge-based enterprises like software, IT, financial services, and film and TV production. Durham is home to the Research Triangle Park (RTP), which houses more than 200 companies, from Fortune 100 multinational corporations to innovative start-ups. Having employers like Cisco, Dupont, Fidelity, and IBM close by enables us to bring influential local speakers to campus, connect student clubs with business representatives, and tap approximately 2,500 local Fuqua alumni as mentors for students.
With a world-renowned culinary scene as well as noteworthy arts and entertainment venues, there’s much to explore. Durham eateries run the gamut: laid-back Carolina BBQ joints, artisanal donut shops, food truck rodeos, decadent ice cream parlors, nationally reviewed pizza places, sushi, tapas, and other restaurants. With a huge focus on farm to table, even in our trendy microbreweries, Durham was voted “America’s foodiest small town” by Bon Appetit. You’ll also enjoy offbeat shopping, sports venues, arts festivals, houses of worship, and the great North Carolina outdoors here.
Living in Durham, you’ll be a 1-hour flight from New York and a direct flight from London. The area is dense with parks and forests, and in just 3 hours, you can reach either the mountains to the west or the beaches to the east.
While Durham offers great ways to spend free time, there are also amazing things to do right on campus—including many time-tested Duke traditions. You’ll want to make time to experience all the cultural activities, sports events, and popular sites that Duke University has to offer.
An iconic symbol of the university, the chapel was built in 1932 and stands at the center of the Gothic West Campus. It features three pipe organs, a 210-foot tower, a 50-bell carillon, 77 stained-glass windows, and can seat 1,600 people.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
The 55 acres of landscaped and woodland gardens in the heart of Duke's West Campus are open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to dusk. Each year more than 300,000 visitors enjoy the gardens' five miles of walkways and more than 8,000 species and varieties of plants.
Covering more than 7,000 acres in the north-central Piedmont, Duke Forest serves as a natural outdoor laboratory for Duke and neighboring universities, and its trails are popular with local walkers and runners.
Cameron Indoor Stadium
This stadium is considered the crown jewel of college basketball. Originally conceived on the back of a matchbook cover in 1935, Cameron has become the celebrated home of the Duke Blue Devils.
Duke's largest theater, with a capacity of 1,200 seats, has been the site of thousands of performances and lectures since its opening in 1930, including speeches by Sen. John F. Kennedy in 1959 and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964.
The Duke Lemur Center
The only university-based facility in the world devoted to the study of prosimian primates, the Lemur Center is home to the world's largest colony of endangered primates.
Your MMS classes take place on Fuqua’s campus. Our main building is 500,000 square feet of classrooms with horseshoe-shaped stadium seating, team rooms equipped with technology, outdoor gathering areas, auditoriums, offices, and meeting spaces for any need.
Fuqua’s campus also reflects our commitment to sustainability. We’ve installed energy-efficient lighting and HVAC units, as well as water-saving devices, and implemented an energy-saving temperature control policy. Students, faculty and staff contribute to lowering our carbon footprint through the use of efficient transportation options, single-stream recycling, composting, and reusable and compostable utensils and food containers.
The Fox Student Center is the center of the Fuqua complex, and the hub of student life. It has a student lounge, dining facilities with an impressive variety of cuisine, a spacious indoor winter garden area, outdoor terraces, changing rooms with lockers and showers, a student communications center, and office space.
Ford Library provides a serene, comfortable environment for quiet, focused study in a relaxed atmosphere. The library is designed for reader comfort with abundant natural light, comfortable seating, and generous display space. All students are encouraged to tour the library to learn about the resources available to you. Librarians will offer tours during your orientation and can provide database instruction throughout your program.
It’s easy to make your home here. In fact, the Durham area is touted as one of the best places to live in the country in part due to the affordable standard of living. While housing options are plentiful in Durham, there is limited graduate student housing on Duke’s campus—so Fuqua students typically find off-campus housing.
Our Off-Campus Housing site is a searchable database of houses, apartments, and rooms for rent. It’s just one of the resources available to help you find accommodations and roommates.