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Durham, NC
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6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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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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Weather: It's not as bad as you think when you move in during August! The first few weeks are blazing hot, but the weather calms down during the fall and becomes very comfortable. Winters are fairly mild, but it does snow at least once a year. Leave the heavy jacket at home, take a variety of cold and warm clothing, and enjoy some time outside-it's an absolutely beautiful campus.

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Weather: Weather here is really nice. The fall and spring are long and pleasant. Winter is short and mild. Summer is hot and humid. Bring everything, you'll need it.

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Weather: The climate here is fickle. One day it's cold, one day it's hot. It's definitely very hot in the summer, and it can get pretty cold in the winter. Bring a mixture of clothing, especially stuff that you can layer.

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Weather: The weather is moody in Durham. August, September, and April are sweltering. Every day in between is a toss-up between the most gorgeous and most miserable days ever.

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Weather: The weather is usually quite nice, although recently there has been an abnormal amount of rainfall. Shorts and short sleeves or tank tops are best until mid-October, and then long pants and sweaters are better until March or so. The winters don't usually get too cold, but you'll need a heavy coat of some sort. After all, walking is the main way to get to class, and you don't want to freeze on the way!

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Weather: Durham usually has wonderful weather. The winters can be pretty mild (although Mother Nature was a little off this year). There are times when you can break out your flip-flops as early as February.

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Overall Experience: I absolutely love Duke and everything about it! I love the atmosphere, the classes, the professors, the people, and the whole college experience.

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Overall Experience: Duke is great; I find that the academic life is demanding, but awesome in nearly every way: the professors, the classes, the dedication of the students. I love having been able to meet people from all over the world with diverse backgrounds, and I'm most happy with my decision to attend Duke.

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Overall Experience: It was a good college experience. Duke is a lot of fun. I certainly have my gripes about the administration and the policies the University forces on students, but everyone says `the grass is always greener on the other side.'

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Overall Experience: I honestly would not mind being somewhere else. There are other schools that are just as good, but I'm having a pretty good time anyway.

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Overall Experience: If you get lucky like I did, and accidentally wind up with a great bunch of crazy people as friends, you'll have the time of your life. All the academic stuff is pretty much irrelevant; college is about making friends and enjoying life.

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Overall Experience: So far, the experience has been positive. The worst part for me has been leaving friends and family behind, but I make an effort to keep in touch and to visit when I can.

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Overall Experience: Duke is great. I'm glad I went, and I can't possibly imagine enjoying college as much anywhere else.

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Overall Experience: I would never go anywhere else after having been at Duke this past year. Though I had my gripes about not getting into Harvard or MIT, I'm over that now. Duke offers a great educational opportunity, especially for undergraduates, and if you can take advantage of the Freshman Focus program, do so. It's a great program for your first semester.

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Overall Experience: I'm glad I went to Duke; my overall experience has been really good. I wish I would have worked a little harder freshman year, but that's it. If you want to be a well-rounded student, I'd say go to Duke. We emphasize working hard, staying in shape, and partying hard.

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Overall Experience: I came into this experience with very high expectations, and even so, I've been completely blown away. The Duke student philosophy is `work hard, play hard,' and we do. Duke offers students the chance to tailor their experience to whatever it is that they're looking for. Duke offers an environment where students are surrounded by success. The drive to succeed is key to Duke students' success.

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Overall Experience: I love Duke. I have no regrets. The campus is unbelievably beautiful, the teachers are great, and the people are incredible. What else could a kid ask for?

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Overall Experience: Under the guise of providing students with a `safe, diverse, and unique experience,' the University has succeeded only in driving the social scene in a more covert, exclusive, and potentially-dangerous direction. By dressing in baggy attire and hiding behind tipped baseball caps, are undercover deans attending on-campus parties to protect students, or to single them out and punish them? By dissolving selective living groups for late paperwork during final exams, by failing to return time-sensitive phone calls, and by refusing to work toward compromise in the reinstatement and housing process, are University officials more concerned with maintaining campus diversity, or with permanently removing social organizations? I'm not sure that this is a place you'll want to be in years to come.

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Overall Experience: Duke's competitive advantage used to be that it was `the coolest smart school in the country.' Students who cared just as much about their experience outside the classroom had an incentive to choose Duke over the other top schools. Now, however, as the administration continues to push its own agenda without responding directly to student concerns, there is little to no incentive for the brightest, most well-balanced high school students in the country to choose Duke over any other Ivy League institution with a comparably dull, elitist social experience. In trying to become a `me too' university, Duke is losing its competitive advantage, dropping from a first choice school to a fallback for the nation's top students.

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Overall Experience: During my four years here, the thought that I would like to be somewhere else certainly crossed my mind more than once. After graduating, I'm glad I stuck with it, despite the homogeneity and conformity on campus.

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Overall Experience: It's been a good experience. The professors are good, and the other students in my department are friendly. There's nothing to do in Durham, but I don't have time for anything anyway. Also, the cost of living is low.

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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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