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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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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants around Durham are great. With your points account, you can also order off-campus food to be delivered to your dorm. Some good off-campus eateries include International Delights (Middle Eastern food and Philly steaks), George's Garage (highly expensive, but very good), Jimmy John's subs, and Satisfaction (food from the grill and pizza). Additionally, Cosmic Cantina, which is not on the points system, is also a good place to go and get Mexican food, even late at night.

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Off-Campus Dining: Ninth Street restaurants are great. Banh's is cheap and good.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a few really nice restaurants just off campus. There's a Greek place that is phenomenal. Anotherthyme is another really good but pricey place, as is the restaurant at the Washington-Duke golf course and hotel. There are a few more trendy places, but I don't hit those too often. Of course, there is a Macaroni Grill, Red Lobster, Chili's, Applebee's, and Outback all within a five-minute drive.

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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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Guys & Girls: The majority of people at Duke are very attractive and very career-oriented. There isn't much time or interest in starting serious relationships, so most don't make it past the weekend-which opens doors to getting to meet new people.

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Guys & Girls: The guys aren't particularly hot, but the athletes are okay. The girls are alright, but they seem goody-goody sometimes.

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Guys & Girls: Well, I'm a guy, so I can tell you that the girls are mediocre. I find a lot of people at Duke to be a little introverted, so it's kind of hard to approach women, at least when sobriety is involved. Take that for what it's worth.

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Guys & Girls: Most of the students look like they just walked out of a J.Crew catalog.

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Guys & Girls: A lot of students here are cute, but there are very few of them that would get a 10. According to my best friends who are guys, they complain about the girls here. They are constantly hoping the next freshman class will be prettier.

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Guys & Girls: I heard Fox was going to do a reality show on campus titled, Rich Dorks Turned Cool. You have to dig deep to find the down-to-earth people here.

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Guys & Girls: Let's just say you'll have your choice of hot guys.

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Guys & Girls: There aren't enough good-looking girls at Duke, so if you're hot, please, please, please come to Duke!

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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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