Location
Durham, NC
Undergrads
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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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The degree of campus strictness appears to be appropriate.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Th local atmosphere is wonderful.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I enjoy all aspects of the campus.

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4 College Junior

Weather: The weather has no affect on my campus experience. The campus is beautiful despite all weather conditions.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Taxis are cheap, and the busses run frequently enough

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you're not into drugs or don't wish to partake in it, you won't even know a drug world exists.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I love the weather, but sometimes it acts crazy and starts ice raining out of nowhere.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I feel like anything you major in or pursue at duke is going to be really hard,

5 College Freshman

Academics: A lot of resources are given for you to do you best.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I've never had a problem.

College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are great! School spirit is why I chose this school rather than other schools, BUT THERE IS NO CLUB TRACK TEAM. CLUB RUNNING IS NOT THE SAME AS CLUB TRACK.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity of students around campus is ok, but when actually observing social culture, people of different race, economic background, etc stay together. Leading to a lack of unification as a class, or school

College Freshman

Majors: I came into Duke thinking I wanted to major in biophysics but my academic advisor continued to discourage me from uprising what I wanted to do without giving me a clear reason. I actually hate her.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are times I feel safe, and other times when I feel unsafe

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't have many safety concerns, but there have been recent reports of robberies, and I don't often see cops around campus. However, the health system is excellent.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Durham seems to be a great place to live. I would potentially stay.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I think that Duke is fair when it comes to these issues.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I really don't know much about this. I am an adult and able to drink, so it doesn't apply, but my friends who are RA's or GR's seem to find undergraduates have partied and drank underage. There is a lot of support to keep students from drinking and driving with designated drivers.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse campus. Lots of activities to support different minority groups and awareness

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have some friends who live on campus who think it is a great situation. I don't know about the cost or how to get a dorm, but otherwise what I know is positive.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am married, so I was not going to live on -campus. However, my husband and I love our duplex. It is a great location for community activities, shopping, eateries etc. It's further from campus, but the safety,space and convenience is worth it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Great options. Good variety of healthy things to choose from as well.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Most students have their own laptops, so it is probably more supply/demand, but if I have forgotten mine, I can usually find a computer in the library.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I am a graduate student. I am not involved in, nor do I know much, about undergraduate greek life.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I am a graduate student. I don't "party" because I am at school to learn. The graduate program I am in has options of social gatherings, which have been nice.

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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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