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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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Reviews 964 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The students at Duke are fun but also hardworking. You're in a nice environment where everyone wants to help each other succeed and isn't really cut-throat at all. The campus is extremely beautiful and offers lots of opportunities for students to pursue their interests through clubs and sports. The school spirit is great with our basketball team, making tenting one of the most memorable college experiences you will have.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is more prevalent during the second semester when rush begins. Greek students are very much part of the school community, and their parties are usually open to all. It's also important to know that only the frats live together.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: You can't really drink off campus if you're under 21 so the fun is really at the house parties and Greek section parties on campus (which are easily accessible). It is also quite safe because you have buses running between all the campuses until late at night.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Breaking Stereotypes and Living up to Them – I'm not a big fan of greek life and have chosen to live in a Selective Living Group (SLG). Some frat guys seem to live up to the stereotypes of affluent misogynistic white bros. However, so many duke men completely break these stereotypes and surprise you when you find out what frat they're in. I'd say there's only a couple of frats that fall into the overall poor category, while the rest are important contributors to campus. Overall, Duke greek life dominates the social scene a bit too much, but at least it's interesting and diverse.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Available, Comfortable, but Transportation Hassle – As an rising sophomore, off campus housing isn't even on my mind yet. At Duke, we don't get the chance to live off campus until we are seniors, which seems sensible to me with the good setup we have on campus. Those I know who live off campus do love it and have gotten good deals. There's a variety of places to live whether houses or apartments, but in terms of location, a car is a big help.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Diverse but Expensive – Nearby we have ethnic cuisine of all kinds and great markets like Whole Foods. However, without lower end more practical markets, keeping in budget is a little difficult. Places like Brightleaf Square are over rated and expensive. Finding the best that Durham has to offer probably takes you off the well trodden path a bit.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Generally Friendly and Accepting – Generally, the students are diverse and accepting, but I have heard about occurrences where this was not so.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Generally Great – Generally, there are great professors who are happy to interact with students one-on-one and help. There are some departments which could have a wider selection of courses. The workload is tough, as expected, but manageable.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Not Crowded, Great Printing System – The computer lab in my dorm was never full, but the computers were a little outdated. I never saw the library computer labs full. Most people have a laptop and use library computers for their software. The wireless internet is great and rarely had any downtime. e-Print is fantastic and there is no need for a personal printer.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: All Four Seasons – Rain in the spring, cold in the winter, hot and humid in the summer, but never outrageous and often beautiful.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Terrible: hard to find spots and expensive. Vigilant police force writes a lot of tickets, although appeal committee is lenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Too Prevalent – Greek life is very big. While a majority of students do not participate in greek life, the majority of the social scene is run around Greek life.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is diversity but there are also a lot of race specific groups. Black and Asian sororities and fraternities come to mind.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is generally good. Despite the fact that East Campus is isolated from West Campus, there are always free buses available running between the two campuses. On weekends and at nights, the East-West bus (the C-1) only runs every 20 minutes, but once you learn the schedule it's not too bad. During breaks, Duke also runs free shuttles to and from the airport.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife at Duke is split between on-campus frat parties and off-campus bars and clubs. Frat parties are mostly open to everyone. After going to frat section, many students head to the off campus clubs for some dancing. Shooters is popular on the weekends, and Devine's is really big on Thursday nights. Both are 18 to get in, 21 to drink and the cover charge is $5-10. Most of the clubs/bars are within walking distance of East Campus, but taxis are also available and fairly inexpensive.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Convenient Buses – Very convenient (though sometimes crowded) free buses run by Duke make getting around easier. And the Robertson to UNC is a great way to get out of Durham for shopping/eating out.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: In general, the facilities at Duke are really good. Especially on West Campus, the gym (Wilson), the library (Perkins and Bostock), and the student center (Bryan Center), are clean, up-to-date, and convenient. The facilities on East Campus are a little more dated and smaller but still above average.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing on west is fantastic, especially Few/Kilgo/Keohane, but even Edens is not the death sentence some people make it out to be. The freshman community on East is great (but no air conditioning in many dorms is unfortunate).

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great help from the Econ advisors, renowned faculty, and amazing alumni placement!

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The People – Some of the people are wonderful. But a lot of them seem to think a lot of themselves. I don't interact with many of the undergrads, but working in a local restaurant I know that they can be a little stuck up and don't really tip very well. The people in my program are great though, and really down to earth.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: My situation is a little different because the nursing program has its own computer lab. They are fast, and there are usually plenty available. We are allotted a generous amount of printing, which is included in our tuition. The computers in the main library on campus are readily available, but I have noticed that printing is not and it can be a hassle.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Health and Safety – I personally have never been threatened, but it seems that I get a number of alerts regarding shootings or robberies on or very near campus and around the hospital. Because I this, I elect to use the SafeRide system anytime I am on campus at night. They are wonderful and take my right to my car, waiting for me to get in safely before they leave. They also come anytime of night. Also, the nursing building will go on lock down if there is a security threat to ensure that only those with badges will be able to have access.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Though I haven't taken advantage of it yet, Duke Engage is a very popular way to make the most out of your undergraduate experience here by having a trip to take part in something that is meaningful to both you and a greater community funded by the university.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Cameron Crazies – Basketball is definitely a big deal at Duke and serves to really bring the campus together around times like the National Championship and the UNC game. Victorious bench-burning on the quad after such events is definitely a sight to see. Such a focus on one sport, though, can lead to a lacking in spirit for other ones, though lacrosse still tends to have a large contingent that follows it.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great Experience! Duke is a very well-rounded school. As an Engineering student, I am able to receive the finest instructions from one of the top institutions in the U.S., while not limited to only Engineering classes. The breadth of the courses at Duke has provided a wholesome experience. Beautiful campus, friendly people, if only the engineering classes are a bit easier...

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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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