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Durham, NC
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6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Off-Campus Dining: I hardly go off campus to eat because I have an abundance of food points. Students can order from some restaurants off campus and charge the food on our food points, so that's the only time I really eat off campus.

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Local Atmosphere: Durham is flanked by Chapel Hill and Raleigh, the state capital. These areas are associated with UNC Chapel Hill and NC State, respectively.

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Local Atmosphere: There are two colleges near Durham. One is 15 minutes away in Chapel Hill (UNC), and the other is 20 minutes away in Raleigh (NC State). Durham has the Durham Bulls baseball team, the Carolina Hurricanes play nearby, and all of the college basketball teams in the area are stellar, so sports are huge. There's also a cool museum in Raleigh. There's plenty to do in and around campus.

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Local Atmosphere: UNC Chapel Hill is a bus ride away. If you have a car or friends to go out with, then you're set.

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Local Atmosphere: Durham is not a great city. I tell people that Duke is not in Durham. Durham surrounds the campus, but the campus is very separate from the city. Ten minutes away is UNC-Chapel Hill, our main rival. Chapel Hill is much more of a college town than Durham. My advice is to always stay on campus.

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Local Atmosphere: These universities represent great opportunities for off-campus fun. Duke's off-campus houses border a shady area of Durham called Walltown, basically an indigent, poverty-stricken neighborhood with all sorts of problems. Walltown is not necessarily a slum, but neither is it a wholesome place to live.

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Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is really cool and diverse. Restaurants are great; there's a lot to do. You could have an awesome social life without ever leaving campus.

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Local Atmosphere: Duke and Durham are almost two completely separate worlds. Durham is a rather small city, and it isn't a typical college town. Don't expect to find the same culture or entertainment options you'd see in New York or Boston. Wandering into the wrong sections of town will leave you in a high-crime low-income area. I tend to spend most of my time on campus, unless I'm headed out for dinner and a movie.

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Local Atmosphere: Durham is a friendly Southern city with the amenities of big-city living. Some good places to go are Ninth Street (for shopping and dining), the mall, and the streets at Southpoint. Seven miles west of Durham is Chapel Hill, which is more of a college town and has more things to do on Franklin Street.

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Local Atmosphere: I really don't get out much in Durham. However, Chapel Hill, home of UNC, is a vibrant, exciting city. There are lots of restaurants in both cities-always something for everyone. I would stay away from downtown Durham at night and Fayetteville Road in general. Stuff to visit would have to include the Duke Gardens, the Museum of Life and Science for the kids (or immature biologists), and historic Raleigh, about 40 minutes away.

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Local Atmosphere: Sadly, Durham and Duke don't have the best ties. Some of this might be due to the self-contained nature of the Duke campus. There is, however, Ninth Street, which offers many restaurants and shops. Durham has two malls in the vicinity; the challenge is transportation. Chapel Hill is also in the area, and it happens to be a much better college town than Durham (we can thank UNC for that, and only that).

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Local Atmosphere: Durham is an old tobacco town that had its day in the sun a while ago. Luckily, the area as a whole (the Triangle) has grown immensely, and areas around Durham (Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and the in-betweens) are getting some nice and exciting attractions. My favorite spot is actually Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

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Local Atmosphere: Most Duke students, me included, don't tend to spend a lot of time in Durham. There's a lot to do on campus, so I don't know too much about what Durham is really like. I don't recommend walking around off campus after dark because Durham has a fairly high crime rate, but there are things to do within driving distance. Off campus, there are lots of restaurants, the Streets at Southpoint Mall, and the Durham Bulls.

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Local Atmosphere: Durham is one big bore. However, Chapel Hill is nice because it's a town built around a large university. Duke makes its own social scene since Durham doesn't provide one. There are at least six other colleges in the area.

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Weather: Weather here is seasonal but not extreme. I personally like it very much. You get all four seasons, but the winter is tolerable to outside activities (not like Utah, New York, or Minnesota).

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Weather: You need warm-weather clothes from late October to early November through about mid-late March, and one or two heavy coats and a hat wouldn't hurt for the few really cold weeks in January and February. Late August through October is summer-like, keep a light sweater handy in October; April is 70 all the time, and you're out by the time the unbearably hot weather comes in June. Bring an umbrella, because when it rains, it takes its time before it stops.

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Weather: The weather is usually pretty mild here. We have a few cold days, some rain, and then mainly really hot and muggy periods in the summer.

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Weather: Weather here is pretty great, for the most part, but it's very inconsistent. You have to check the weather; you can't just dress in something similar to what you wore the previous day.

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Weather: The weather is wonderful here. Summers are mild to hot, and winters do get cold. We get snow during the wintertime. I think Durham averages eight inches of snow a year.

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Weather: During summer break, it's often very hot and humid, but as soon as school starts, the weather gets better.

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Weather: The weather is perfect, and I'm not biased! It doesn't really get cold. It snowed only a few times during the winter, and it's usually not too hot, unless you're just moving in.

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Weather: The weather from August to early November is typical summer weather. After that, the weather becomes colder, with usually one snowfall. It starts to warm up during March.

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Weather: North Carolina weather is insane. In the spring semester, you'll have weeks of 40-degree temperatures and rain followed by a week of 80-degree temperatures and sunshine. The first few months of the fall semester are usually really nice, and the campus quads are like public beaches with some serious eye-candy.

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Weather: It's North Carolina weather, which means it's impossible to predict. It will get down to freezing in the winter, but not much lower, and not for long. Just as soon as you think it's warming up, it makes you get out the sweaters again. Still, it's nice for most of the time we're at school.

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Weather: It's extremely hot when you arrive, and then it tends to be a nice 70 degrees the rest of the fall. Last winter was especially cold, but you can expect fairly mild conditions even in the wintertime.

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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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