Location
Durham, NC
Undergrads
6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 964 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Duke is the best school in the world!!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You may need a car if you choose to live off campus

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Duke is the paradise for sports lover!!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: RDU Airport is really awesome. You need a car if you wanna live on Central/Off-campus.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Weather: Solid. Really solid. Coldest it gets is 35. Yep...

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Really overrated (I am in a "good" fraternity here). I could see the University getting rid of Greek Life altogether within the next 30 years. It almost seems like Duke University's administration is making it their mission to stamp out fraternities from the school and they seem to have this innate hatred for us. The school is incredibly hard on us. The only reason that the school hasn't gotten rid of them yet is that the school gets an absurd amount of endowment money from Duke alums in Greek Life (WAY more than any other group).

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Parking: I once got a $200 ticket (YES, 200 DOLLARS) for parking in a parking lot that I had a pass to. I parked in a spot not designated. Absolutely outrageous, a speeding ticket costs twice as less.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The disconnect between Durham and Duke University is incredible. Two totally different worlds.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Pretty average. A lot of kids simply are not social at all i.e. all they do is study.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Pretty safe. School extremely strict on drinking however.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Central Campus is poor to be honest. West is great, however.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: On campus food service provide a good variety of food choices

8 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Appropriate requests from on campus security

4 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking is available close to the School of Nursing for on campus classes.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: on the things that really matter, duke is strict. On the other hand, trivial violations are often turned a blind eye on.

9 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: great food, but current construction limits selection

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of restaurant options, lots of breweries and fun atmospheres to go and hang out. Other cities nearby like Raleigh and Chapel Hill add variety to the list of restaurants. Cost overall is fairly inexpensive. The public transit makes most places accessible without a vehicle, but I recommend having a car to explore surrounding areas and the restaurants there.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid department was extremely helpful and willing to walk me through various forms etc. However, I found there wasn't as much non-federal aid, such as scholarships or grants available as I had anticipated. I suggest looking for other resources outside of the school for financial assistance.

17 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Duke upholds high standards of excellence. They encourage students to have an active social life but to be responsible when making choices and accept the consequences of their choices.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Facilities: Duke University offers the best in cutting edge technology and maintains an appreciation for gothic beauty.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academics: The Divinity School is self-contained within the University so the professors are completely dedicated. The facilities are historical but top-notch.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academics: The curriculum is rigorous, the professors re dedicated and I know the education I'm getting is preparing me for future endeavors.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Weather: Not much snow, and a light-moderate amount of rain. Duke does have all four seasons, but in general the weather is mild enough to not be a bother.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is generally worry-free for freshman undergraduates, and decent for non-freshman undergrads. For special events, however, parking tends to be limited - for instance, students can't park in their usual spots during events such as basketball games.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life almost dominates the social scene too much. The parties tend to be fairly wild, but sometimes more interesting events are hosted (more often by selective living groups, however).

5 people found this useful Report
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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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