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Durham, NC
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6,631
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$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Time. of. My. Life. Duke is demanding of you. It demands academic excellence, it demands that you broaden your inquisitive and social horizons (or not, but you're better off if you do). It is the greatest environment on Earth, and it is my home. Everything is optional, but the option you go with will likely be to do everything. Sports are terrific, the student body is terrific, even horrid, horrid midterm and finals times are terrific. Tenting, LDOC, P-Checks, Shooters, the Rivalry.... Dukies forever are and forever love Duke. This has been the greatest time of my life thus far, and graduating is a moment I don't want to see for a long, long time. And even when they've kicked me out, I will always come back. Blue Devil for life. GO DUKE!

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Sooo International – The thing is, you think that there is a lot of kids from every sort of background. A lot of Caucasian, DEFINITELY a lot of Asiann, a decent amount of Black students , kids from all over the US, and many many many international kids-- Europe, Africa, Middle East, etc. My personal friend group includes natives of Queens, Jersey, Turkey, France, England, Kuwait, New Zealand... scattered

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Good and Happy, but Could Def Be Better – Computers are pretty much always available, but they are only Macs, which is frustrating when you are a PC. Actual desktops have better wireless connectivity than lap tops, but laptop connectivity is not slow- except for on Central, where it sometimes went out for a few minutes over the summer. E-prints available at many locations, but some out of the way, and many times they break. However, we pretty much get all-inclusive printing! Personal computers are definitely a plus, unless you want to live in the library (which is beautiful and cool, but still).

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Food Is Good Depending on Where You Live – If you live on East...food options are limited, especially late at night, partially because the dining plan is restricting...but West and Central offer a lot of food options...and then there are Merchants on Points, local vendors that accept food points as payment...you will have options...side note...always take the highest food plan that your financial aid allows for...sounds obvious but I didn't do it freshman year and I was screwed.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Not Much for Grad Students – I was hoping to get a decent amount of financial support so I would not need a bunch of student loans to cover the cost but the bulk of my financial aid is student loans. They weren't very much help either when I contacted the financial aid office so when I get to school I may go try talking to Student Services. At my undergrad they were the ones who were the most helpful for getting financial aid, this school may turn out to be the same way. So I am stuck spending a lot of time looking for outside sources of funding.

5 College Junior

Academics: So Many Great Classes to Chose from – There are so many classes that are great that it is really hard to chose the ones you are going to take for your degree. It makes you want to overload your schedule or go another year just to fit them all in. The professors are great too and there is some great hands on experience in the classes not just all theory.

3 College Junior

Parking: Just Based on Price – I haven't started school yet so I can't speak to the availability of parking but at the price they charge I would be upset if I got there and was not able to find a spot. For graduate students to park by West Campus it is over $300 and I think it was per semester. I will be planning on riding the bus.

5 College Junior

Academics: So Far So Good – I don't start school until August but everyone I have contacted has been helpful and friendly. They are good at answering questions and helping out when there is a problem.

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3 College Senior

Parking: If you want complete access, be prepared to by multiple permits. Sometimes, you won't be able to find a park on Central, because off campus students and faculty take them (they lie about being Central residents to avoid parking in the Blue Zone, which would sufficiently accommodate them).

4 College Senior

Transportation: The buses are the best way to travel from one campus to another. If you want to bike or walk, it's possible, but it's not for everyone. The campus was not built for thousands of students and faculty to drive around the campus during a normal day, so leave your vehicle at home until it's time to move out.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Duke strives for diversity, but the school is majority white. Many of the international students are Asian and predominantly Chinese. The other races/ethnicities either stick to their own people or individually join the majority. Duke seems to be accepting of the LGBT community, but there is an overwhelming sense of conservatism at times.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food options are limited, especially during freshman year. The food is good, but there aren't enough vegan/vegetarian options. Everything eventually gets old, so it's nice to be able to cook, if you live off campus or on Central.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: Duke determines financial aid ability based on how much money your parents make. They do a great job at meeting your demonstrated need--getting financial aid is easy; it's just a matter of completing Fafsa and the CSS Profile.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots and Variety of Types – There is a wide range of off campus housing. The issue might be distance, especially if you don't have a car but buses and Duke transit can take you to some buildings. The off campus housing can range from very nice, spacious apartments to pretty rundown but either way the price is significantly lower than at most top schools or anything in a city.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Be Proactive – Make sure to get your forms in on time and be persistent because financial aid can be an issue at Duke. The office always quickly emails back and pretty good about communicating but they tend to be reluctant to just give away money, but if you make efforts and its doable

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty Good – There are Duke police that circulate the campus so that helps so you don't have to worry about Durham police and legitimate law enforcement peering over your shoulders. Walking around campus, you feel safe going around at night and stuff but I don't recommend having that same lackadaisical attitude walking around Durham or when leaving your valuable items unattended.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Recent Crackdown – Duke has students have always gravitated toward the phrase "work hard, play hard" to describe our school. Students here seek to excel in every arena: academically and socially. On any night of the week, you can find someone to study with and someone to party with. Fraternities hold section parties almost every night. The "more social" crowd tends to go out into Durham Wednesdays through Saturdays. The options can get a little repetitive after a while as students tend to frequent the same 3 or 4 venues. Shooters II, a Western-style club, is often the venue of choice on Wednesdays (beer-pong night) and Saturdays (sometimes too many people, can be gross and sweaty-- not a fan). Over-21 students sometime bar hop around Durham or head over to Chapel Hill for some fun.

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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.

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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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