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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Duke has a mix of people. Like any other college, there are people who a pretty and athletic. There are smart people and people you wonder how the heck they got here. I think Duke does a good job of trying to find some diversity.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Duke is always sending out text alerts when crime happens on or around camp. I feel very safe but make sure I stay aware of what is going on. Durham itself can be a little sketchy and Duke Police make sure to keep things as safe as they can.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Many people don't take advantage of the free Durham city bus, the Bull City Connector. It can take you all around downtown Durham and it is very convenient. Shuttles on campus are also free.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Campus food is being renovated. Food is decent but becomes trite. There are many options, which is nice, and the basics are all covered. There are good options for take out and delivery and Durham as a city is known for its great food if you get tired of eating on campus!

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking is very difficult. You need at least 30 minutes to have enough time to park and get to your class on time. The best days are the days when you get a lucky spot in the closest parking lot!

3 College Freshman

Weather: Weather is typically unpredictable, but I haven't dealt with extreme storms or weather conditions.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are always buses running between the campuses, and there's a mobile app to track when the next bus will be at which stop-which is really help for. There is an awesome program that allows you to rent cars with prior reservations with relatively low cost, and the school is located within walking distance of several eateries and a mall.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great choices if you're looking to mix it up. Durham is known for it's food choices. Many places are within walking distance and can be relatively cheap. Downside is if you have a big food points plan, you may eat off campus less.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Great options and choices for anyone. You can mix and match majors, minors, and certificate programs. Additionally, there are many study abroad opportunities for all sorts of majors.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I am in the nursing program, FNP program. I have enjoyed everything about my program from the professors to other students. They help you every step of the way. For example, I plan to go to St. Vincent to study abroad and they are setting it all up for me.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Durham has its areas that are a bit ghetto but if you stay on the south side of durham closer to Chapel hill it is fun.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: It is a huge part of campus, it is a lot of fun to go to games, especially basketball games!!

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2 College Senior

Diversity: Many students who come to Duke are able to pay their full tuition, and the students on scholarships, myself included, are sometimes baffled at economic disparity around campus, as evident through the different clothes, lifestyle, cars, etc.

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: The "nightlife" on campus is dominated by parties sponsored by fraternities. As for off-campus, there are around 5-6 bars clustered together on one street, with a few here and there if you want to venture further.

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1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: why is everyone here so unattractive?

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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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