Duke UniversityDuke University is a prestigious private university in Durham, North Carolina. It is named for the Duke family, which made its money in the tobacco and energy businesses (see American Tobacco Company and Duke Power).
The university has two schools for undergraduates - Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Pratt School of Engineering.
Duke University also has several graduate and professional schools: the Nicholas School of the Environment, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Fuqua School of Business, the School of Law, the Divinity School, and the Graduate School.
The school's sports teams are called the Blue Devils. They compete in the NCAA's Division I-A, and in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke's major historic rival, especially in basketball, has been the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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