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Reviews 1061 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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1 College Junior

Guys & Girls: It is an extremely snobby little campus, and the students are very unfriendly. Everyone is either depressed or just not interested in socializing. If you want an enjoyable college experience, this is about the last place on earth you would look.

8 people found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Durham is a pathetic little city... avoid it at all costs. There is almost nothing to do, and the camaraderie between the city and the university is pretty much nonexistent. Much of the city is dangerous, especially at night.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The food is nothing special. Be careful at night.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Computers: You can have access to computers really easily

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you want to go shopping, you will need to drive

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses with different routes can take you to any place you want to go

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: If you don't go out alone at late night, it will totally be fine

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have never seen anyone using drug on campus

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are nice and easy to approach

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Facilities: You can always find the place to go to meet your demand

1 person 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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