Durham, NC
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Reviews 1054 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bus System Sucks – I hate the bus system here so I try choose my classes on West campus so I can avoid using the buses whatsoever.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The Drug Scene – You can get drugs if you want them, but there is no pressure here to do drugs. Everybody drinks.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Susceptible to Break-Ins – A series of break-ins have occurred in nearby communities.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Work Hard Play Hard – Drinking is a very popular weekend activity which goes hand in hand with the dominant sorority and fraternity scene at Duke. However, there is always a host of activities students can choose to partake in, and it is up to individuals to choose how they wish to spend their weekends without peer pressure. Hard drugs are not common on campus; students mainly stick to marijuana and alcohol.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Unparalleled School Spirit – Duke is famous for our school spirit. College basketball is hardly complete with ESPN coverage of our Cameron Crazies, and no amount of school spirit can compare to sleeping in tents for months for tickets, painting yourself blue and jumping up and down throughout an entire basketball game with 500 of your closest friends.

Aside from basketball, there are infinite opportunities to watch or partake in other sports from the varsity and general competitive club sport levels to intramurals and individual workout. We have a very spacious and well-maintained athletic facility on the main campus as well as several other facilities all over campus, all of which are extremely accessible to all students.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The Best of Durham – The Durham area has a lot to offer Duke students, and our great relationship with the surrounding communities allows students several deals and opportunities to take advantage of all Durham has to offer. My favorite thing about Durham is the multitude of really awesome restaurants and diverse cuisines all across town. Additionally, Durham has a history of activism which has not ceased today. Durham is a proud community that partakes in several year round cultural events.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Amazing Campus Vibe – We work hard play hard, so there's not much to describe about the scene.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Social Scene – The nightlife is decent at Duke. You have your typical frat parties and social events to attend to, but what's most interesting is the party we throw after each Duke win against UNC. Those brings the house DOWN.

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: It's hard to avoid Greek life if you don't want to be a part of it. As a girl, it doesn't really matter if you join a sorority or not. Many aren't that close with each other anyway. As a guy, fraternities can define your social life and elevate your status. Other options such as Selective Living Groups (SLGs) exist.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Easy for minority groups to self-segregate, but school offers many programs/events to increase awareness of diversity.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Campus is hands-down one of the most beautiful in the country. Architecture is gorgeous and plenty of greenery. Gym, library, student center are all new and filled with amazing amenities.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Durham Munch – There are plenty of restaurants around campus. Cost, convenience, and variety are fantastic. Sushi Love is a great place for a warm meal.

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5 College Student

Facilities: Fantastic architecture, gyms, dorms, libraries, and anything else. Truly a world class university.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Duke is great, fabulous school where the student study hard and play hard. I was a varsity athlete, club sports athlete, Cameron Crazy (camped out in K ville), dissected very cool animals for research, took a class in a cadaver lab, hung out in the sun and played Frisbee for hours, was in a sorority. I would go to Duke again if I had the chance!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: East Campus Is Dry – Freshman live on East Campus, which is a dry campus and alcohol is not tolerated. West Campus and Central Campus are more lax. Generally, as long as a person is in control, not causing harm to a fellow student or the property and is not loud and boisterous, there is no repercussions. There are a lot of highly varied activities on campus that are put on by RAs and campus groups. Academics are strict, perjury and plagiarism are not acceptable in the least.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Hard, Fun, Challenging – There are a mix of professors who are great and fair and fun to learn from and some that are not- this is typical of any college. The classes are generally challenging and not boring. With the close affiliation of the medical school there are more opportunities for grad level academics (i.e. Human Anatomy with a human cadaver lab). There are tremendous opportunities for research that could lead to an authorship on a paper. Very helpful to student athletes.

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5 College Junior

Weather: NC has great weather. Its not too cold and not too hot. Plus, the Duke Gardens are beautiful year round, great to study or hangout

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5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Lax but Academically Rigorous – There aren't many restrictions on us, we pretty much come and go as we please but it is very academically challenging here, so we take it upon ourselves to restrain from crazy things.

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5 College Junior

Computers: Total Access – We have great wi fi access and speed. There are printers and computer labs all over campus with brand new mac computers. Most people have their own computer so the computer labs are open unless there is a random class. Our printing service is the best. We can print from our own laptops and then retrieve our print jobs with our swipe card from a kiosk. The printing cost is technically free!

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses com often in rush hours. But very few buses during breaks and weekends.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Very few students will indulge themselves with alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are some interesting activities. But it's not easy to transport from east campus to west campus.

5 College Junior

Majors: Phenomenal Professors – I have had some great professors in my graduate program. I have learned quite a bit and have enjoyed in depth discussions on topics I am passionate about. Overall great classes and my graduate major suits me well.

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College Junior

Campus Housing: I Live Off Campus in a House. The neighborhoods are great in Durham, I cannot speak to the on campus housing.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: A Foodie Place – Durham is a great little town. There is plenty to do as far as things down town. There are incredible restaurants that promote local and sustainable foods. Every Sunday is a farmers market with local farmers selling anything from veggies to goat cheese. Not more than 15 minutes away is the Eno River State Park that offers nice hikes and great trial runs. Overall, a wonderful place to live and explore.


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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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