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Reviews 1117 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Junior

Party Scene: I'm not much of a partier, so I cannot speak to the party scene from personal experience. For what it's worth, many of my friends regularly go out and few have ever complained!

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Current construction notwithstanding, the campus is stunning. Several close friends selected this university over others simply because of its aesthetic appeal. Especially among this century's additions, new structures are painstakingly tailored to complement Duke's stylistic character (Neo-Gothic on West, Collegiate Georgian on East). Athletic facilities are worthy of the Blue Devils' distinguished reputations, and the library system ranks among the country's most comprehensive. Undergraduates assume ownership of student programming campaigns, a logical but unusual allowance that dates to the 1950s. It is not uncommon for student leaders to directly oversee 5- to 6-figure programming budgets.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Duke's stature is rivaled only by a handful of universities across the world. A degree from this institution insists upon its holder's merits, accountability, and scholarly disposition. Summer jobs and internships abound at coveted organizations in every field -- finance, medicine, engineering, arts, policy, you name it. One of the university's leading assets is its alumni network, which has been carefully cultivated over many decades. Former students look back fondly on their experiences here and, when considering prospects, are very often predisposed to turn to their alma mater. I have not yet consulted with the career center, but friends and colleagues have spoken favorably of it.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: The Blue Devils galvanize a campus-wide fandom that is a phenomenon unto itself. Cameron Crazies are undoubtedly the most fervent, outspoken, and intellectually inspired of their kind.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The student body is incredibly impressive. I have deep respect for almost all of them.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love my dorm and find the housing process at Duke to be totally acceptable.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Duke academics are top notch.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: This is Duke. Enough said.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: lots of good food on 9th street

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: tons of great options almost any night of the week, there are also lots of groups doing things that do not necessarily qualify as partying but are just as fun. Definitely get involved in some social organization as really excellent parties can be difficult to find otherwise.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You have to find the right parties to go to. If you go to just any party, chances are you won't have fun without doing things you wouldn't normally do. Finding a gem party makes it worthwhile.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not attend college right now, im currently enrolled in whiteville high school but i been on a couple of college tours and i find the cost of renting high.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I don't really have much experience with financial aid or scholarships. I do know that MANY students graduate in debt - it's a pricey school. Also, because so so SO many people are so qualified/smart, it seems virtually impossible to earn a merit scholarship, and if you do it's by chance.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I know a few friends who live off-campus. Seems fine. Idk why you would tho. I love living in dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus is beautiful - BUT THERE IS SO MUCH CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW. The main dining hall, the chapel, Wallace Wade, the Bryan Center, the plaza are all under construction or about to be under construction, which makes it a little limited. Cranes abound.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Durham isn't exactly known for its Town-Gown relations, but that's largely the students' fault in my opinion. Students who do go out into the community, either as consumers or for service, often find that it's a very enriching part of their Duke experience. Durham has such an interesting history that I find going to school here a big plus. The Triangle is a fabulous pocket of liberal intellectuals. I could see myself living in Durham for the rest of my life.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's kind of hit-or-miss. In general, Greeks and SLGs (Selective Living Groups) control most of the best real estate, which can make it hard for independents. The new housing model tried to rectify this, but it just ends up confusing. Freshman dorms are great - everyone loves living on East Campus - but it can be disorienting to move off of East sophomore year and find your friends scattered around West and Central. This is a big reason for the sophomore slump. You can end up living in Few with AC and nice rooms...or in Wannamaker with a no-substance policy, no AC, and far from everything. It's Russian Roulette.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I wouldn't necessarily call Duke a party school - I'd call Duke a drinking school. People here LOVE their alcohol, and they're unlikely to show up to an event unless it's a chance to get wasted, which can get old fast.

Shooters is the great equalizer; anyone - Greek or independent, athlete or nerd, underage or 21+ - can get drunk and go to Shooters.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a dangerous, harmful force on this campus. Many people I know were really hurt by the rush process, by being in a chapter, or by trying to have a social life an an independent. Even though only 1/3 of students are Greek, it is clear that they dominate the social scene (or at least think they do).

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Being right near the medical center is a huge plus - Duke Med is world renowned. I had a very specific otolaryngology problem freshman year, and I was able to meet with one of the best specialists in the world.

On-campus counseling services (CAPS) leave a lot to be desired. There are too many requests for services (mental health is a big problem on campus) and not enough staff. When you do get in, they are very worried about liability. It works for people with general issues/stress, but if you're at serious risk, they don't really want to deal with you, at least according to my friends' experiences. Many students struggle with mental health.

Sexual assault is a huge problem here. Even though they try to sweep it under the rug. The administration recently cut the prevention staff at the Women's Center, and the staff that is there is frustrated and overworked. The Greek, entitlement, athletics culture combined with rampant alcohol use makes the school a breeding ground for sexual assault. Athletes and frat guys can pretty much do whatever they want, with very minimal repercussions. It'd be very difficult to graduate without knowing a couple of students who have been assaulted.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The variety is superb! There are residential units of every sort, size, and suitability within a mile of the university.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Res Life isn't that helpful or trustworthy all inall

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2 College Senior

Administration: Policies are very unclear about guests and drinking

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: I love it as a sorority member but we are not seen positively

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Hierarchy is a thing and I wish it weren't. Not just Greek

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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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