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Reviews 1131 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Durham has a great cost of living to quality of life ratio. There's a wide variety of very luxurious off-campus options for low costs.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Durham food is one of my favorite parts of going to Duke. There are so many delicious options.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are fun. Everyone can find their way and their party friends with time, but it takes longer for some than others.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Campus strictness is great in that it keeps people safe and respecting each other, but it never makes people feel scared or like they're being punished.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Merit scholarships are rare, but financial aid is accommodating and understanding.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I couldn't have made a better choice. The academic and social experiences are both great.

1 College Junior

Campus Food: Very, very poor and limited options. As someone who enjoys exercising and eating large meals, I cannot spend less than $15 other than at McDonalds.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Great options, but the same amount of money could go a lot further in Durham.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: No experience with off campus housing.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Durham has a number of unique options.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I have not had much interaction with the Administration.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: School is expensive and the aid seems to be a secret formula.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not into the party scene

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: With my class schedule the options are very limited.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are not that close to the main campus and my dorm is not that close to food services.

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.

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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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