History Spotlight: Welcoming the World to Durham
As The Graduate School celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2016, we are taking a look at various aspects of the school’s history. Visit https://gradschool.duke.edu/90 for more information about the 90th anniversary celebration, as well as other Graduate School history spotlights as they are published.
When the Duke University Graduate School was established in 1926, it had all of one student from outside the United States. Fast forward 90 years, and 40 percent of the school's students hail from abroad. Here are snapshots from three points in the school's history showing how its international student population has grown and where the students came from.
The First Year: 1926-1927
Twenty-four of The Graduate School's 84 students in its first year came from North Carolina. The rest came from 17 other states and one foreign country—Korea.
The 45th Year: 1970-1971
The school had 202 international students from 41 countries. In comparison, it had 371 students from North Carolina alone that year.
The 90th Year: 2015-2016
International students now make up nearly 40 percent of The Graduate School's student body, with a significant percentage coming from China. North Carolina accounted for 408 students.
Data and maps by Mark Dudley