Location
Durham, NC
Undergrads
6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1054 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Local AAA baseball team; tons of great restaurants; DPAC with lots of shows; good music scene; great state parks for outdoor activities

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Id say the drug scene isnt that big. While you can get a hold of things if you look, and clearly alcohol is definitely consumed, the people here arent that big on peer pressure. Most of us had to be pretty independent in order to even get in here so the choices you make are yours to make and no one will pressure you to do things you dont want to do.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Getting around campus is very easy and the transportation is free. It is also free to go to Chapel Hill. The problm lies in that if you dont have a car, it becomes very difficult to get around town and to venture off campus.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Bus is free in Durham. So you can take it or drive and park outside your building. If there is no parking, then there is usually a parking garage close by. I have to park in the medical clinic building, which is right across from the nursing school. Its an easy walk .

5 College Freshman

Facilities: It's well known in the US as a top school. The nursing school is the highest ranked individual school on its campus

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is good but limited. Convenience is good, everything is within walking distance. Cost is comparable to other places. The school is helpful with any questions.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Coming from California's central coast I didn't expect much, but the weather is surprisingly nice. And from what I hear from my peers, it is much better than many other places you could be.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation between the two main undergraduate campuses is easy to use, free and runs frequently. Waiting for a bus on the weekend may take up to twenty minutes though.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We kick ass at everything from Basketball to Rugby and everything in between, kinda. DUKE DEVILS!

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Durham is a good place. It has its dangerous parts, as any other college does. Police at Duke are constantly around. Not like overbearing figures but, you know, they're around in case things go down. The reason Durham gets bashed by college rankings in terms of safety in my opinion is because Duke actually REPORTS crimes rather than not as I've heard some colleges do.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: As I've already discussed in some other question. BME at Duke is an awesome major and the curriculum is among the best, but there is so much that can be done to improve teaching of students if professors weren't such hardcore researchers with no time on their hands or the patience to teach basics to young guns.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is a pretty difficult thing to assess in my opinion. I got a lot of aid as a freshman. Now as a sophomore, I've had to take out a couple grand in loans and I was lucky to land a scholarship to cover some of it. Hope it only gets better from here but I doubt it.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Everything is great. I love the college and everything, but the BME program specifically has a lot to improve in terms of its student-professor interactions. Duke is a BME research powerhouse. So much so that professors assume students know loads of material without them actually teaching it to us. Whatever. I'm keeping up as best as I can.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: We get snow once a year or less. There are hurricanes to the East, earthquakes up North, and tornadoes more inland - but the daily weather is warm and dry. There are sudden downpours - carry an umbrella.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm a non-Greek, but based on what I've heard and seen, all those involved in Greek life seem to enjoy it.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Durham has great food establishments, but does lack in cultural attractions.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: East Campus is great - many of the dorms are updated or even brand new. West Campus lacks many of the amenities that East Campus has, but has a prime location. Definitely a draw between the two.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I'm in the MHS-PA program here and I couldn't be happier with my choice. The faculty is so encouraging and really wants us to succeed. I love the emphasis that they place not only on learning the material, but becoming a professional who focuses on sincerely caring about their patients well being.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is beautiful - it looks like a castle. The Bryan Center is a great place to study, and has a few good restaurants to grab food. The Gym has wonderful facilities as well. If you're religious, there's nothing better than going to a service in the Duke Chapel.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Duke Basketball games are completely insane, and so much fun! The football games are popular too, with tailgating nearly every weekend.

The campus gym is beautiful, complete with a rock climbing wall and indoor pool, in addition to the usual gym machines. Duke offers several free workout classes. The IM league is lots of fun as well.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports at Duke are pretty top-notch. Our basketball team is one of the best college basketball teams in the United States, and of course, we do have the amazing Coach K. The other sports here are also well-attended and very successful, as shown by our football team, who made it to a Bowl game.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on Duke's campus. It's a beautiful campus where there is not much campus crime. Just ensure that you keep your doors locked and don't leave any valuables out in the open.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Duke is a very intense school. There is always a decent amount of work, but if you manage your time correctly, it won't be too bad. The instructors are extremely smart and accomplished, but sometimes they aren't that great of instructors, so make sure to check on the student reviews before deciding which courses to take. Also, make sure to have good relations with all of your instructors and advisers as they could possibly get you an internship or a job if you know them well enough.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of different off-campus options on 9th street that is easily walking distance from Duke. There's the famous Dame's Chicken and Waffles as well as different good cafes and restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: At Duke there are two main campuses, East and West. The East campus is a dry campus, so if you're caught with alcohol you can be cited, but its not uncommon for people to drink on east and get away with it. West campus is the exact opposite of East. You're allowed to have 6 beers on you at a time in the open on east, even if you're underage, without any repurcussions. The real problem like any school is breaking the honor code. If you are caught cheating you are in a world of trouble.

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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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