Duke University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Durham, NC
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Mid-sized city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
14 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Cameron Crazies! (college basketball)
  • Caring professors
  • Duke Chapel
  • "Gothic Wonderland" (aka the beautiful campus)

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Catching the bus
  • Greek life with high school-style cliques
  • Some bitter kids who didn't get into Harvard
  • Loafers and pink shorts

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Duke Student Reviews

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4 College Junior

Weather: Paradise. The weather is great during winter months, but it gets super humid during the summer and into September.

5 College Junior

Computers: The Duke wireless network is amazing, always providing HD streams of TV shows.

5 College Junior

Academics: Truly outstanding. Professors expect a lot, but are extremely knowledgable about their topics. The competition is tough, making As hard to come by, so prepare to work very hard to receive grades you may not like. Popular majors include economics, biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, public policy, and political science.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy my course of studies immensely, and feel that the academics at Duke have been outstanding. Most classes are small, allowing for a personal relationship with the professor, but the workload is very demanding. Expect about 200 pages of reading a week. Still, most humanities professors enjoy teaching, conversing with students, and helping them succeed. Even in a poor job market, nearly all students are able to find some job after college. History is not an easy major, and a true passion for the subject should be present before declaring.

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4 College Junior

Majors: There's a lot of pressure on campus to get amazing internships, especially in public service. I have held one internship in public service grant writing, allowing me to apply the research and writing skills learned through my major.


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