Location
Durham, NC
Undergrads
6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1039 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Duke is really pretty lenient about most everything that doesn't make them look bad. They understand that their students are going to party, and are going to drink, and as long as freshman aren't being obvious, they can drink whenever. Other then that, as long as you aren't being openly racist, sexist, or classist, you can do a lot without problems.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are a lot of forms to fill out, but I got a $12k scholarship I didn't even have to apply for, which was nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Duke police are on top of crimes and there are many resources for sexual assault (the Woman's Center is the best one).

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Freshman have the Marketplace, which is buffet style for breakfast and dinner. They have 5 stations that stay the same every day (pizza, pasta, stir fry, hamburgers/hotdogs/grilled chicken, and a salad bar) and one station that changes every day. However, it gets so boring and repetitive by the winter.

Dining on west is great.The Loop is my favorite and everything is practically in the Bryan Center. On central there is only Food Fac, but it's great. You can buy drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) and snacks on food points there too.

Food points come in many different plans. Freshman get "swipes" to use at the Marketplace and around 400 food points. Sophomores and up can choose a plan with 1700-3000 points and more can always be added very easily.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love Duke. There's such diversity, the people are great, North Carolina is beautiful, and our Blue Devil spirit can't be matched. There are so many opportunities to take hold of. It's great.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Pre-med is hard. Normal students take four classes that meet twice a week (8 meetings per week in total) whereas pre=med students have labs, recitations/discussions, and lectures. I have 14 class meetings per week

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Duke is known for its academics. Everyone is very smart and they're expected to try their hardest.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Never had a problem or heard of problems with the campus police.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Durham is known for it's variety in restaurants. And the food truck rodeo is great!

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are required to live on campus. There are apartments that are non-Duke affiliated near the school that are good though.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman live on a separate campus that far from where the majority of classes are taught. My room was small, but I had AC and the people in my dorm were very close.

College Junior

Campus Dining: I do not live on campus

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Only 40% of Duke is Greek. But if you're in one camp vs the other, then chances are most of your friends are affiliated/non-affiliated.

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5 College Junior

Weather: North Carolina weather is great. It only gets really hot in August, but for the rest of the year, it's often sunny with good temperatures.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: The school is gorgeous. Great athletic facilities and the library is pretty nice. The student center is probably one of the ugliest buildings on campus though.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Duke has so many busses running between all three campuses and to certain locations around the hospital and off-campus. Sometimes, like for Fall and Spring break, they'll offer a shuttle to RDU (the airport).

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off-campus and LOVE it. Including utilities, it's about the same price as living on West Campus, except that I have a two-bed, two-bath apartment with washer/dryer and dishwasher. If you can afford it/have a car, I would definitely recommend living off.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness varies. In terms of drinking, East Campus (freshmen campus) is completely dry, but you can drink on West or Central pretty easily. Parking sucks and if you park without a permit, your car can get towed/impounded. Duke is pretty lenient about visitation in dorms; you don't have to sign anyone in.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Duke. While of course it has its negatives, I don't think I would be happier at any other school.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Durham has gotten a lot better than it used to be. But, we still receive Duke Alerts once in a while about robberies/other criminal activity on or near-campus.

College Junior

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid. However, I think around half of the students receive some form of aid.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I think it depends on who you hang out with. Overall, the school is very diverse, but individuals groups of people are more homogenous.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: I guess nightlife depends on your social scene, but from my experiences, fraternity parties are definitely the most popular.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are a decent amount of food-options. Over the years it has gotten worse (especially with the construction).

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Duke has three gyms, one for each campus: West, East, and Central. Wilson, the gym on West, is one of the best athletic facilities I have ever used (better than some in NYC and in Chicago). It has three-levels with dozens of cardio machines, a brand new weight room, a cycling room, a rock-climbing wall, and offers gym classes throughout the week.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Duke students are generally very happy with their experience, but it’s not impossible to find students who imagine they’d be happier somewhere else. Great academics, a vibrant social life, and the beauty of campus make this school an easy choice for many. However, a lot of students are peeved by the top-down social programming they see coming from Duke’s administration to counter the fraternity- and sorority-dominated student programming. Students and the administration are still trying to find the right balance of power and a unified direction, but the friendships students have forged with peers and professors easily make up for whatever shortcomings they might perceive.

Duke is one of the top academic schools in the country, but that’s not its only hook. You’ll never see Harvard’s basketball team in the Final Four, or Yale students camping out for weeks to get sports tickets. Obviously, basketball shouldn’t be your major concern in choosing a college, but it is often used as an example because it typifies the difference between Duke and so many other top universities. There’s an emphasis on friends and fun here, and it’s important to consider these aspects as well as academics when you’re choosing a school. Remember, you’re choosing the place you’ll spend the next four years of your life, not just the name that shows up on your degree at the end.

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