The Detachment 585 Air Force ROTC program was established at Duke University in 1951. Located on over 12,000 acres of forested campus in Durham, North Carolina, Duke University has an enrollment of over 6,000 undergraduate men and women from around the world. As a top-ranked university, Duke is proud of its reputation as a national leader in academics and athletics. Its faculty and students are jointly engaged in teaching, learning, and research through either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering.
In 1972, a cross-town agreement was established with North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Located on a 103-acre campus in the heart of Durham, NCCU has an enrollment of over 8,000 men and women from all over the globe. It is the nation's first public liberal arts institution founded for African-Americans. In the same year, NCCU became an integral part of the University of North Carolina system. Graduates of its six colleges include regional and national leaders in education, business, government, and the arts.