Duke Biomedical Engineering | Facts and Stats

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To provide an outstanding educational and research environment to train engineers who go on to profoundly impact industry and medicine.


First accredited undergraduate BME program in the U.S.

Since our founding as the Division of Biomedical Engineering in 1967, our faculty and students have been leaders in biomedical engineering research, education and innovation.

In 1972, our undergraduate BME program was the first accredited in the United States. Today, BME is among the largest educational programs at Duke University.

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U.S. News Rankings

#3 undergraduate biomedical engineering program

#7 graduate biomedical engineering program

#10 national university

Duke bme at a Glance

  • $48 million in new research awards, fiscal 2021
  • 182 undergraduate students, fall 2020
  • 89 BSE graduates in the Class of 2021 (May graduates, BME first major only)
  • 70 Master of Science students
  • 45 Master of Engineering students
  • 232 PhD students
  • 20-plus companies launched by Duke BME faculty

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