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Durham, NC
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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 Freshman

Computers: As an engineer, I never have trouble finding a computer to work at. Most students have their own computers, but the students who don't have plenty of options to work on either a Mac or a PC. The Wifi network is one of the best I've used. If you're downloading 60Mb of data it only takes a couple of seconds, and it never gets bogged down when people are streaming music, movies, etc... In all my time at Duke, there was only one problem with the network, and it was fixed within a couple of minutes.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: If you're a fan of southern food, you'll love it. I haven't found a ton of places I like, but the brightleaf area, tobacco district, and 9th street are fun places to go.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Facilities: The campus itself is excellent and has amazing facilities. Campus life is good, with plenty of clubs to join and weekly emails for grad student events.

4 College Junior

Weather: I like warm weather, so the hot and humid summers aren't a problem for me. The winter gets cold, but not nearly as cold as more northern states and without much snow at all. I absolutely love the autumn here.

4 College Junior

Diversity: I've been very impressed by the level of diversity here, especially compared to my undergrad campus.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid office has been very helpful with filling out forms and answering questions. Scholarships are fair and mostly need based so everyone should apply

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Duke is a private school. So for someone who is in the middle class, you get virtually no financial aid other than a little bit of work study.
However, if you are in a situation where your family strongly shows a need for financial aid, the financial aid office will do there best to figure something out. Also, the financial aid office is open to fixing any mistakes that may show on your bursar bill.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are free buses that run between East and West campus all day and good portion of the night. There are enough buses so that they come around every 5 minutes, so you don't have to wait very long. If it get late enough in the night that you can't catch a buses, there is a number you can call to ensure your safety.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I'm in the Pratt School of Engineering, and I'm a Biomedical Engineering major. Thus far, the classes have all been challenging, yet survivable. A good number of my instructors have a good sense of humor. They give very good advice when asked questions outside of class as well. They are always open to help you in anyway possible.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Durham has been rated among the best small cities for food, and lives up to that reputation. There are a ton of great restaurants right off of campus, many offering discounts to Duke students. Not to mention there is a Whole Foods, Sushi Love, Noodles, and Chipotle across the street from campus.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I couldn't be happier with my first year and a half at Duke. I feel like I go to the perfect school. I don't think you could find a school that offers such an amazing balance of academics, social life, top-notch sports program and spirit, absolutely gorgeous campus, and abundant resources. There isn't another school in the world that can offer such a great experience.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: My favorite part about the nightlife at Duke is how many things are going on at once. Because you go to a medium sized school in a city, there are plenty of on-campus and off-campus parties/places to go to. There are tons of things to do Wednesday thru Saturday, and you could probably find parties going on the other nights too. A typical Saturday would consist of pre-gaming a football game, going to 5 minutes of the football game to get free food, eating dinner, pre-gaming at a frat, moving on to a themed party at another house on central campus, then ending up at Shooter's (a trashy but awesome bar/saloon) to dance until 2:00, then heading to Cosmic Cantina to get a late night snack. You will never sit in one place for too long.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of attractive people at this school - both boys and girls. Everyone is really interested in staying in shape, and the amazing gym and running trails around campus definitely help.

9 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are two main campuses that you will spend time on - East and West. East campus houses all of the freshmen and has only one place to eat called The Marketplace. The Marketplace has great breakfast and brunch, but some people complain that the dinner gets old. On West campus, however, there are so many great places to eat that the food never gets old. There is the great hall which offers a la carte food, then restaurants like Au Bon Pain, Chick Fil-A, Alpine Bagels, The Loop (pizza and grill), and more. Not to mention the Divinity and Law School refectories are God's gift to this earth.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is great because it is there for those who want it, but doesn't dominate the social life too much. Only about a fourth of guys and a third of girls go greek, with the rest staying independent or joining SLGs (selective living groups). SLG's are a great alternative to greek life and offer the same kind of social/intellectual community without the same intensity or a national affiliation. Especially first semester, all frat parties are open to the whole school and you will rarely if ever be turned down to get in one. Sororities don't live together in sections like the frats do, bust most girls choose to block with girls in the same sorority. I've find that a lot of frat guys and sorority girls really break the stereotype for greeks.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are difficult and you will work really hard, but I don't think you could get a better education anywhere. There are abundant resources for all classes -- office hours, TA help-rooms, peer tutors, etc -- and the administration really focuses on the undergraduates. Disciplines heavy in quantitative sciences and analysis (engineering, math, physics, chem, econ) require a ton of time on problem sets, while language, history, poli sci, and English classes require lots of reading. Prepare to spend a lot of time in the library!

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Facilities: All of the buildings on East and West campus are gorgeous and well-maintained. There are always construction projects going on to improve the quality/functionality of all of the buildings. The most important places on campus - i.e. the library, student centers, and dorms - have been or will be updated soon. Though some dorms are older, I've found them to be plenty spacious and clean. There are tons of great study spaces all over campus, and there's an abundance of spots to hang out with friends.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Computers: Duke has a bunch of different computer labs, and computers available to use. Get used to MacIntosh because this a very Apple-centric campus. The computers in the music building, Smith Warehouse, language labs, and multi-media studios are loaded with thousands of dollars of software that is free for all Duke students to use. Also, every time that there is a more up-to-date version of software, Duke makes it available for download for its students free of charge!

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid is amazing! I come from a lower socio-economic background, and my family has to come out of their pockets with very little. The merit-scholarships are all full-ride for 4 years, but are extremely competitive. When filling out the FAFSA, I definitely recommend having someone professional help you.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't lie off-campus personally, but I've heard some pretty nice things about it.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm Greek myself, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. I personally feel that the Greek life here on campus can be a lot stronger. Yes, we throw tons of parties but the emphasis should be on improving the community! And when we do make the moves to do just that, we need not for our administration to overlook our efforts.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: For the most part, Duke has an incredibly attractive student body. Guys and girls hale from all over the United States, as well as the world. You'll have your surfer guys and girls, sorority row, fraternity row, attractive representations of the African diaspora and so much more! Although many students are attractive, the ambitious air that permeates the campus gives many of them a very haughty view on everyday situations.

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4 College Junior

Computers: Computers are usually available as many students have laptops. Printing on campus is hit or miss--printing stations (ePrints) are in most dorms and many academic buildings but often times aren't working, however, another one is always close by!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never felt like I was in danger on campus. The public often is on campus using the gyms, pools, or visiting Duke gardens and they have a friendly presence. Locking your door is always smart but not always necessary in such a comfortable dorm space, especially Freshman year.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life can be as a big or small a part of your life as you want it to be (It is not necessary to go Greek). In many ways, it very much stratifies the social scene and comes with stereotypes, but that is not to say the benefits or being in a fraternity or sorority--such as brother/sisterhood, philanthropy, social events, etc.--are not present.

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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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