Location
Durham, NC
Undergrads
6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is actually cheaper to have a brand new studio or 1 bedroom apartment off campus than it is to have a single or double dorm room with AC. However, Duke makes you live on campus for 3 years, so you're stuck.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs at Duke are pretty nice: mostly new computers, big screens, not crowded... However most people don't use them unless it's for a class because it's more convenient to use your own laptop. For printing, we have eprint, which is broken half of the time. There is usually one eprint station per dorm/building.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Durham is not really a college town. You would need a car to get anywhere interesting (for example, Southpoint mall is a 20 minute drive). That being said, there are some great restaurants nearby. Most students learn to adapt to this and center their lives around the campus

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Duke's social life is very much campus-based. Students in SLGs and Greek life will have no problem finding parties. If you are an independent, as long as you know people it isn't hard to find something to do. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the most popular nights to go out. Of course, there is Shooters, which is where people will end up at the end of the night. But other than Frat parties, the occasional SLG parties, and Shooters, there is not much to do. Most people are happy with this, but compared to other colleges, the bar and club scene is severely lacking.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: Duke students live for basketball season. Cameron Crazies live in a tent for weeks in Krzyzewskiville for a spot at the Duke-UNC game. This tradition brings the school together, and supports the basketball team that Duke Students take so much pride in.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Duke isn't pretty strict if you are partying on campus. Most cops are hired to patrol parties to make sure that they do not get out of control. However the ALE is VERY strict if you are caught drinking off of Duke campus.

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5 College Junior

Computers: There are computer labs in every dorm and there are plenty of computers provided at all the campus libraries. Because there are so many accessible computers, if yours happens to break you usually will not find yourself running around looking for one.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Public Transportation is very good around Durham and on Duke Campus. Duke buses on different schedules but they usually stop running around 2am-4am throughout the week and weekends. Durham buses run on a strict schedule, which makes it easy to plan.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Durham has plenty to offer in the arts, dining, festivities and shopping. Durham is home to Duke University and the Durham Bulls. Duke is not the biggest party school or the craziest party town, but our neighboring schools provide the night life and it gives Duke students the benefit of being away from the hussle and bussle of being built into a city.

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4 College Senior

Weather: Besides the rain lately, the weather is absolutely beautiful here. Even with the rain, the trees are so green it is amazing. Plus rain or shine, the Duke Gardens are always stunning.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I have not explored the vast array of off-campus dinning that is available, but the few places I have been to are wonderful. Cost; you can find a place to get good food on any budget. The diversity of food is endless. Basically, the options are plentiful and delicious. I recommend Tobacco Road because I love their mac n cheese and you can watch any sport you want. I also recommend Parker and Otis for brunch because its a cute shop with low cost, very good food.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Basketball goes without saying, it's the best in the country. Simply the atmosphere in Cameron Indoor is an experience like no other. Although basketball is a large source of excitement around Duke campus, they do a good job of promoting and supporting the other sports as well. There is room to improve on making the atmosphere at football games closer to that of the basketball arena, but this past year they did a pretty spectacular job with improving the intro video, fan involvement, half time shows, and use of fireworks etc. Additionally, other sports have excelled and won many championships, which Duke does a good job recognizing their successes and hard work.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Wonderful. I was an Evolutionary Anthropology major (a lot of anatomy courses) and loved it. The major was smaller and so courses allowed me to interact closely with professors and other students.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: As a petite woman, safety is a huge concern of mine. I never once felt unsafe at Duke. Security officers were great and the students have a strong community feel to look out for one another.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Obviously the drug scene will depend on your social circle. Drinking was the most prevalent activity.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Once you make it to the small group courses the experience is wonderful. The TAs are phenomenal and always willing to work with you & the professors clearly love the material they are teaching.

3 College Senior

Academic Experience: The instructors are very professional, but some of them have been in the industry for too long. many of them like to talk about personal issues or try to be your friend more than your instructor.this is disappointing because I paid a lot of money for this school to make me become a professional. If you keep your head down and ignore the bull s*** and get the most you can out of your classes then you may have a very successful career in the automotive industry . this school may be frustrating but its better to stick it out than drop out or go crazy.

4 College Junior

Computers: Duke uses eprint, so you can print anywhere on campus and you get $35 of printing free before you start having to pay, and most people don't even use the whole amount. The wireless network is strong and available pretty much everywhere. Having a personal computer is very helpful and most people have them, but you definitely don't need a printer and most people don't have one.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The freshman meal plan is a little ridiculous but the food in the dining hall on East is good and has a lot of variety. After freshman year, the only option you have is food points, which can be spent at all the food venues on campus and other off-campus places that deliver to the Duke campus. Sometimes it seems there aren't a lot of options but if you actively try to go to a variety of places then it's doable.

4 College Junior

Majors: When I applied to Duke I was accepted in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, but sophomore year I transferred into the Pratt School of Engineering. At Duke you have to wait until the end of your freshman year at least to transfer schools but you can still take classes in either school, so it was easy to get on track for transferring into Pratt and the procedure to do so was to fill out a simple application, so figuring out what I wanted to study was fairly easy and there were no difficulties during the process of getting into my program.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No one feels forced to do any drugs or drink but drinking is definitely popular, especially at sport tailgates

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I did not partake in Greek life. It is not something I am interested it. As far as social aspects go, they are around but are not a major aspect of college life.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Printing on campus is excellent. Wifi coverage is excellent, too. You definitely benefit more from a personal computer, here. But there is a lot of computer availability in the libraries, so if you don't have a personal computer, you would be okay.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports at Duke are taken very seriously. The athletes are treated like mini-gods here. The training and workout facilities are top notch. During men's basketball games, the student crowd never sits. Fans are named Cameron Crazies, and tenting for the march Duke vs. UNC game starts in January. Cameron stadium was ranked as the 2nd most intimidating venue for visiting teams. Club sports are recognized, too, and as far as the rowing team goes, varsity and club are co-joined.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Really no need for a car on campus. Parking spaces are convenient, unless you're trying to park near the rec center while a basketball game is going on.

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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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