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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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman live on a separate campus that far from where the majority of classes are taught. My room was small, but I had AC and the people in my dorm were very close.

College Junior

Campus Dining: I do not live on campus

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Greek Life: Only 40% of Duke is Greek. But if you're in one camp vs the other, then chances are most of your friends are affiliated/non-affiliated.

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5 College Junior

Weather: North Carolina weather is great. It only gets really hot in August, but for the rest of the year, it's often sunny with good temperatures.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: The school is gorgeous. Great athletic facilities and the library is pretty nice. The student center is probably one of the ugliest buildings on campus though.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Transportation: Duke has so many busses running between all three campuses and to certain locations around the hospital and off-campus. Sometimes, like for Fall and Spring break, they'll offer a shuttle to RDU (the airport).

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off-campus and LOVE it. Including utilities, it's about the same price as living on West Campus, except that I have a two-bed, two-bath apartment with washer/dryer and dishwasher. If you can afford it/have a car, I would definitely recommend living off.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness varies. In terms of drinking, East Campus (freshmen campus) is completely dry, but you can drink on West or Central pretty easily. Parking sucks and if you park without a permit, your car can get towed/impounded. Duke is pretty lenient about visitation in dorms; you don't have to sign anyone in.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Duke. While of course it has its negatives, I don't think I would be happier at any other school.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Durham has gotten a lot better than it used to be. But, we still receive Duke Alerts once in a while about robberies/other criminal activity on or near-campus.

College Junior

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid. However, I think around half of the students receive some form of aid.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I think it depends on who you hang out with. Overall, the school is very diverse, but individuals groups of people are more homogenous.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: I guess nightlife depends on your social scene, but from my experiences, fraternity parties are definitely the most popular.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are a decent amount of food-options. Over the years it has gotten worse (especially with the construction).

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Duke has three gyms, one for each campus: West, East, and Central. Wilson, the gym on West, is one of the best athletic facilities I have ever used (better than some in NYC and in Chicago). It has three-levels with dozens of cardio machines, a brand new weight room, a cycling room, a rock-climbing wall, and offers gym classes throughout the week.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing really depends on what dorm you get. I live off-campus now and not only is it cheaper than living on, but it's way more spacious.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: While a lot of students drinks, I wouldn't say that there's a ton of peer pressure.

3 College Junior

Parking: If you live off-campus, parking in Blue Zone is a nightmare. I hope they change it one day.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most Dukies are athletic and put a decent amount of effort into their appearances.

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4 College Junior

Majors: The economics department at Duke is very strong. Great for landing internships.

5 College Junior

Majors: So many companies come to recruit at Duke. I've had an internship every summer since matriculating and the opportunities Duke provides is amazing.

College Freshman

Academics: Undecided at the moment. But the only part of the system that sucks is that you're given an academic advisor who likely knows nothing about your prospective major/majors; you have to declare before you get an advisor in your field.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Even the "easy" classes are hard. YOu'd also be hard pressed to find a professor who you didn't think was a genius. Even hated professors, professors who bore their students to tears, and professors who pick favorites and grade unfairly are unmatched when it comes it intellect, knowledge, about the subject, and experience in their fields. The curriculum and workload, of course, varies by class.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting out into Durham can be difficult, but getting around campus is always fairly easy. Public transportation can be a little sketchy at times, but fairly easy to track/catch if you're really keen on getting somewhere.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not being involved in Greek Life but still having an interest in being social can be difficult at times. Every fraternity and sorority is different, but I'd say most are generally accepting. As for Greeks/non-Greeks, I'd say the non-Greeks can be judgmental of the system, but less often of individual people.

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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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