Location
Durham, NC
Undergrads
6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Need More! We lost a lot of varsity recruits because the financial aid wasn't enough without an athletic scholarship. I got almost no financial aid and its really straining my family.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Fraternity Guys – I am from the west coast, and was shocked to see how prevalent the classic east coast frat bro image was. Vineyard Vines, khakis, Barbour jackets, polos and pocket tees, Sperry topsiders, etc. are the usual and the norm. Takes a second to get used to guys dressing like your dad on the golf course, but at times it can be kinda hot vs. the sloppy laid back California bro outfit...

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Women's Studies – The Women's Studies program is extremely interesting and provacative-- not easy courses, but always interesting and cutting edge. I would never consider myself a "feminist" but am considering a WS minor because I loved the classes so much.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Normal Process – It's relatively well known that a fair portion of the students at Duke are economically relatively well off. But for those who are not included in that, Duke provides good financial aid to most. I received the financial aid I needed after filling out standard forms like FAFSA and CSS profile. There's no need to make in-person appointments, but if there are any questions, it's not too hard to call and ask the office.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a strong sense of drinking at Duke, and a lot of this comes from greek life, though fraternities and sororities only make up about ~30% of campus. They are just more apparent. There is some drug usage, but the majority of people probably do not do drugs. Drinking is prominent on campus and something you see on a pretty regular basis.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty Diverse – There are many people of different races, different economic statuses, from different countries. There are students from private school, public schools, charter schools. While there are a lot of white students, there is a very large proportion of Asians (~30%) and some other minorities on campus. While they may be a smaller percentage, the Center for Race Relations, Women's Center, LGBT Center, multi-cultural groups, etc. are all very prominent in the community.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are not bad at Duke, and dining options are typical for what you might expect of a college. There is a vibrant night life.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are often off-campus robberies and such, but on campus, there is seldom ever any crime. It is very safe to be on campus. The Duke police are always somewhere around. Additionally, the bus drivers take great care to make sure that you are safely at your destination when nighttime rolls around.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's need-based, so if you have real need, you can definitely get it, but if you're in the in-between it's hard. I think like 60% or more kids are on some aid.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Durham is a scary place. They're pretty cheap and some a literally just targeted to Duke undergrand, so you can do what you want with minimal noise complaints.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Ok but Need a Car – Once you get off campus, the food is actually quite good. They have this new program where you can get new discounts. A student favorite (for Sake Bombing if you're over) is Sushi Love. For freshmen living on East, Brightleaf is within walking distance.

1 College Freshman

Transportation: Terrible bus system – On an average day, I spend at least an hour waiting for or riding on buses to get between campuses. Duke has West campus (the main campus), East (where freshmen live), and Central (apartments for upperclassmen). Budget cuts have made the buses run less frequently, and when they do they are overcrowded to the point where a simple bus ride can be a miserable experience.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Durham Food – That's the majority of the attraction of Durham to Duke students- the various restaurants. There are probably lots of cultural events, and other things to do, but most Duke students don't leave the bubble that is Duke unless it's to go to area nightclubs.

4 College Freshman

Parking: From friends' stories about other campuses, Duke has a comparatively good parking system. It is confusing, and there are a lot of tickets given out for being one or two spaces away from the "correct" area, even when the spaces aren't marked, but for the most part it is not too much of a hassle to park. Having a car doesn't help much get between campuses, unfortunately, since the bus system is literally the most agonizing part about Duke.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Administration, What Administration? The freshmen dorms are "dry" and that is strictly enforced for the most part, but upperclassmen are free to do pretty much anything. There have been some limitations put on the social scene recently, (the end of tailgate, etc.) but for the most part, it isn't too strict.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Mild, Can't Complain – There isn't air conditioning in a lot of dorms, so when it's hot, it's very very hot. When it's cold outside, though, it's still hot inside because they crank up the heat and there's no way to turn it down.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Dominated World – Sports are a huge deal and there is a lot of student support, especially for basketball obviously. Varsity athletes' lives are completely different from other students'. They have four hour practices most days of the week, and have to put it in extreme amounts of time, which makes them inaccessible to other students.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Something I didn't realize until after I received my financial aid package is that if your family annual income is under $50,000, there is no parental contribution! Unfortunately, the student contribution is based on your reported earnings, so part-time jobs actually end up hurting you. I can't get a paid job for the next four years without increasing my student contribution.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Theoretically Great – Though there was clearly a lot of consideration put into dining at Duke, in my experience, it never turns out quite as good as it looks. There are a good number of options for those who live on West campus, but Central and East are pretty lacking in variety. There aren't many inexpensive food opportunities, either.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Campus Life – Duke combines academics and sports very well. You have so many opportunities and so many options it confuses you at times. We are really passionate about sports so make sure you are ready for that because we are CHAMPIONS!!!

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Duke has its own transportation system that is free. The buses go through all three campus. Due to budget cuts they have reduced the the number of buses but even then you can walk to West Campus.

4 College Junior

Computers: Computer labs are everywhere!!! Wifi is great!!! You really don't need a laptop unless you like to type your notes. Everything is through the network so you can print directly from your laptop.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: I applied through FAFSA. The school gave me what I needed and whenever I need help with anything or have questions they are very helpful and answer my questions right away.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've enjoyed college because it has helped me learn who I am and who I want to be. Even though the challenges haven't be a joy ride they have helped me grow. What makes make my school unique is the scholastic atmosphere and the passion to represent the school. I would choose Duke because of everything it has given me.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Night Studying – The typical nightlife at Duke consists of books and libraries.

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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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