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Durham, NC
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6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 958 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Junior

Academics: Like any school, you will find the occasional oddball or bad professor, but on the whole Duke is full of fantastic faculty that invest in their students. Admittedly, intro classes are often a pain (large, hard). Still, there are so many opportunities and fascinating people at Duke. Sometimes the work load can feel overwhelming, but you just get through it and there are generally resources to support you along the way.

3 College Junior

Transportation: As Duke has such a large campus, there is really no other option than to take the buses. It's a hassle but you get used to it. They recently added a bunch of new, clean buses-- many of which are energy efficient.--- which is kind of cool.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Duke has two major campuses: East and West.
East Campus houses all of the freshman and is modeled in Georgian architecture (red brick, etc.) It has its own library and union. West Campus is often called a "Gothic Wonderland," absolutely beautiful. The cornerstone of the university is the Chapel which sits in the center of West Campus. Our student union is called the Bryan Center and has a nice walkway that people sit and lounge along on nice days. We have a great library system (make sure to check out "the link" if you visit) and top of the line athletic facilities.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: If Only Football Was More Popular – Duke basketball is amazing, no doubt. But often I wish that we show more pride in our football team. I've been to colleges where their football teams are well-known. On football game days, the whole campus is crowded with fans who are not college students. It was also an all-day event, which made the campus feel more of a community. On basketball game days at Duke, if you're not at K-Ville, it's hard to tell that it is a game day.

5 College Student

Transportation: Buses Are Good – There are buses that run every 5 minutes from west to east campus, which is super helpful for freshman!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's Strict, but Not That Much – You can get away with most things if you are off-campus. Slap in the wrist if you end up getting caught drinking. If you try committing academic dishonesty though, nothing can save you

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not Very Many Offered – There just aren't that many. The ones that we do have offer A LOT of money though (full rides or near full rides)

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Love It – Duke is amazing. There is nowhere I would rather be.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Housing Is Great – Having the freshman housing experience is really amazing.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Duke is tough, especially if you choose a major that has a reputation for being tough. But the hard work pays off, since it is a very-well regarded institution, and all the rigor prepares you for anything. Duke also has an extensive alumni network, and a very helpful career office. That being said, choice of major matters a lot in career prospects. Choose wisely - if it's a hard major there's a reason everyone's going for it (no, it's always intellectual curiosity).

4 College Freshman

Weather: Hot and Rainy – It can be very hot in the summer, but when it rains it monsoons.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Great Sports Opportunities for Everyone – Whether you're Kyle Singler or a freshman noob, sports thrive at Duke University. There are over a dozen intramural sports to choose from, dozens of club sports, and nationally-recognized sports teams to follow every season. And that's not even mentioning Cameron Indoor Stadium. That place is out of control.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Fun, but Sheltered – Durham, the city in North Carolina where Duke lives, feels rather small (even though ~250,000 people live there). As such, you run into many of the same people while out at night. The bar options are decent, but many students gravel 20 minutes to Chapel Hill, NC on the weekends for more choices and to see new people.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safe If You're Not Really Careless – Campus seems fairly safe. Just don't go walking near the edges of East campus or outside of campus alone late at night. It's always a good idea to go in groups outside of campus, although I've walked outside of campus alone a few times--in the daytime though.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Opportunities Galore – Small class sizes and huge emphasis on professor student relations leads to amazing interactions and intellectual engagement. Great outside speakers really supplements in class lessons as well! I have a great first year internship because of specific skills I learned in my major's classes.

5 College Student

Athletics: They Are Awsome – there are many great duke teams that give much school pride

5 College Student

Weather: weather is warm and sunny and great to be outdoors

5 College Student

Majors: there are a miriad of majors that are good for all people.

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5 College Student

Majors: It Is Good – the internships are good and even easier if you do well.

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5 College Student

Facilities: They Are Very Good – they are good. they are top level. i enjoy and use them.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Academics and Sports – One thing I love about Duke is that it offers not only superb academic direction, leadership, and growth, but also offers an AMAZING basketball team that connects the entire student body in school spirit. It is one of a kind to find such an elite school that also excels in sports. At Duke, there is a great balance between academics and social life, and the vibrant sports life adds to that mix.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Alcohol Is Lenient, Cheating Is Severe – Duke has very severe consequences for students who are caught cheating or plagiarizing, but the consequences for underage drinking are none, if at all. I would say on the whole that the administration is pretty lenient towards student consequences. Sexual assault is also calls for severe consequences that may involve not only the undergraduate student conduct board, but also local police.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Join Dorms With Selective Living Groups – The best part about living on campus is being a part of a selective living group, where your dorm truly becomes your community and you can create the best social atmosphere. The first years live separately on a different campus and there, you really bond with your class. But after you move to the upperclassmen campus, there are so many dorms to choose from. Most are spacious, have air conditioning, are extremely convenient and close to restaurants, the library, class buildings, etc. You can live in a single, double, or triple, the former being the most expensive. Once you are a junior or senior, you have the option of living off campus. Also, students have the choice of living in apartment style housing.

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5 College Student

Computers: Duke University has amazing Wi-Fi connection and blazing fast internet speed. The entire campus has internet connection and never has bad service.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at Duke speak for themselves. Duke is one of the highest research universities in the country. This had its downside though. Some professors are more interested in their research than their classes, and the administration tends to value professors who research more than those who strictly teach. The work is hard in most classes, and you need to know how to manage a heavy workload, but almost everone does.

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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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