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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most Dukies are athletic and put a decent amount of effort into their appearances.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hookup culture is alive and well at Duke. Seeing a couple is a rare occurrence at Duke. But guys are well dressed and mostly nice, and the same for girls.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Eh. Guys are obnoxious frat guys that will make millions someday. If you can find one who isn't flexing in the mirror all the time, don't let go.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: It's very hard to find students in serious relationships at Duke, with a student body overwhelmingly interested in themselves. The students are extremely well put together, looking like a page out of a J Crew photo shoot. The social life revolves around drinking and partying, with few clubs that promote activities without alcohol. You find a diverse mix of types at Duke, ranging from preppy, alpha male types to extremely nerdy individuals. As someone who would identify as a 'nerd,' I'd say it's been difficult to find students who truly hold similar interests. The girls are decent-looking, in very good shape, and follow the same spectrum of party all the time types to bookworms. I'd say most students at Duke are well-groomed, driven, drink alcohol at least once/week, and present a 'cool nerd' image.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: On the whole, the students are very good looking, and approximately 35% of them are in relationships. The other 65% sometimes borders on ridiculously immature and hookup-obsessed, but I don't think that's exclusive to Duke.


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  • 12th
    Smartest Girls
  • 21st
    Smartest Guys
  • 25th
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 42nd
    Most Athletic Guys
  • 73rd
    Party Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Overall, Duke is an exceptionally manicured campus filled with equally attractive, put-together people. The old story goes that the guys are better looking than the girls, but in reality, it doesn't take much to find a truly beautiful member of either sex. Most Dukies are conscientious about their image, and it shows—students hit the gym often to stay fit, and people commonly dress up for class and parties. You will meet plenty of people on campus who just seem "too perfect," those students who are good looking, brilliant, funny, and intensely motivated to succeed. While these enigmas can create some pressure on campus, the overall atmosphere consists of happy, social, and smart kids with above-average looks.

In terms of the campus dating scene, students tend to lean much more towards weekend hookups than long-term relationships, but it isn't impossible to find some great couples on campus (and if you stroll through the Gardens or past the Chapel on a nice spring day, you'll quickly find a young Duke alumna in a long white dress having her wedding photos taken).

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Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Duke Student Health offers a variety of contraceptive options, and condoms are available in dorm vending machines.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The quads
  2. Classes
  3. Parties
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Shooters
  2. Fraternity parties
  3. Study rooms
Social Scene
It is rare to find a Duke student who doesn't find the University a bit cliquish. This is not to say that you can't make a lot of friends in a variety of groups, but sometimes, parts of Duke can feel exclusive. Students are fun, bright, and attractive, but tend to stay in small groups of fun, bright, and attractive people. It is easy to carry on a conversation with classmates on the bus, walking to or from a class, or anywhere on campus, but if you're from different groups, it is unlikely you will move to the tier "close personal friend" from that of "casual acquaintance." Once you find your niche, Duke will be a ton of fun. Dorms, clubs, organizations, and projects-anything where you interact with a lot with other people-can be great places to forge strong friendships.
Hookups or Relationships?
Hookups are definitely the prevailing wind in these parts, but there are some students who manage to maintain healthy, committed relationships on campus.
Dress Code
There is no set dress code, but, overall, students are preppy. The likes of J. Crew, The Gap, and Vineyard Vines reign supreme, with button-down shirts, khakis, and Sperry's being a part of nearly every student's wardrobe. When dressing down, people are likely to sport jeans, a Duke T-shirt or sweatshirt, and flip-flops. Duke students almost always look good, and you will find few who are willing to roll out of bed and go to class in pajamas or sweats. There are certainly exceptions to these rules, with plenty of students refusing to conform to Nantucket-inspired apparel. On the whole, though, campus looks fit for an L.L. Bean catalog.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 33 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 32 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 36 responses

  • 20% Casual dating at your school
  • 18% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 17% Long-distance relationship
  • 15% None
  • 9% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 8% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 5% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 3% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 3% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 3% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 13 responses

  • 35% Parties
  • 23% Classes
  • 19% Shooters
  • 13% Library
  • 3% The quads
  • 3% Tenting
  • 3% Guys don't like me so i dont meet them

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 21% Clubs/Extracurriculars
  • 18% Freshman Dorm
  • 15% Join clubs! Get to know people in your dorm.
  • 15% Tenting
  • 12% Rush
  • 12% Class
  • 6% Dorm

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 15 responses

  • 33% Well-Rounded
  • 20% Tired
  • 20% Ambitious
  • 7% Excited
  • 7% Individuals
  • 7% Passionate
  • 7% Pretending to be humble but not

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 5% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 8% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 38% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 49% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.


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