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Location
Durham, NC
Undergrads
6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Weather: HOT summers and Cold winters

4 College Junior

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

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather has no affect on my campus experience. The campus is beautiful despite all weather conditions.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: I love the weather, but sometimes it acts crazy and starts ice raining out of nowhere.

4 College Junior

Weather: It's usually bright and sunny.

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The weather in Durham is a lot of things, but "predictable" is not one of them. On the whole, it’s very pleasant, but temperatures and conditions can swing from the high end of the scale to the low end with little warning. Durham is kind of like Mother Nature’s little freak experiment, so you'll need your entire wardrobe. The beginning and end of terms are marked by some extremely hot and humid days, and no one enjoys the two or three long weeks of rain—a time when many students try to remember what it was like to walk home without being soaked to the shins. There are also a few cold weeks in the winter, and one or two snow "storms" (a few inches), which leave the entire area positively bewildered (but stunningly picturesque). So be sure to bring a good winter coat and a pair of rain or snow boots! 

At Duke, you’re more likely to be concerned about heat stroke than frostbite, but be prepared for both (and every condition in between). Remember, though, that in between the extremes, Duke has many days that are breathtakingly beautiful, particularly in the fall. You won't want to miss those!

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 71 °F
Spring - Low: 46 °F
Summer - High: 87 °F
Summer - Low: 67 °F
Fall - High: 71 °F
Fall - Low: 48 °F
Winter - High: 52 °F
Winter - Low: 29 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 4.22 in./month
Summer: 4.11 in./month
Fall: 3.81 in./month
Winter: 3.85 in./month
What to Pack
  • Bathing suits
  • Flip-flops
  • Rain boots
  • Raincoat
  • Shorts
  • Snow boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Winter coat

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