Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. It is a private research university .The University was started in 1838 as a Brown's Schoolhouse, a private subscription school founded in Randolph County in the present-day town of Trinity. Brown's Schoolhouse became the Union Institute Academy in 1841 and was renamed as Normal College in 1851 and then Trinity College in 1859 with the support of the Methodist church. Duke's growth and academic focus have contributed to continuing the university's reputation as an academic and research powerhouse. The University now owns 220 buildings on 8,610 acres of land which includes 7,200 Duke Forest. The library system of the University is one of the ten private research University library systems of the United States. The campus is divided into four main areas: West, East, and Central campuses and the Medical Center, which are all connected via a free bus service. Duke Forest was established in the year 1931 with an area of 7,200 acres and is located just west of West Campus. It is the largest private research forest in North Carolina and one of the largest in the nation. More than 30 miles of the Forest is open to the public for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. Education in USA is highly regarded and so is this university.