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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love Duke's well-rounded atmosphere and student body. Students, especially upperclassmen, are unfriendly at first but once you get to know them through tradition and extracurriculars, you grow to be included.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Duke is a really wonderful place with tons of opportunity for anything you might be interested in. It has great academics, sports, and social life. It is a lot of work, and can be very stressful, so be prepared to work!

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The people make the environment. It's a lot of people who are intelligent. Though I may have chosen a different culture if I had to do it again.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Duke University offers a wide range of social climates. Of course there is a strong greek presence, but most people are able to find people with who they can share their college experiences with regardless of upbringing. I had the pleasure of making friends within my dorm, in classes, and at various clubs, organizations and events. There are plenty of events occurring on campus at any given time. There are also many food options. Classes are easily assessable and so are the professors who teach them.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Then school is so nice and cooperative. The help line and advisors are extremely accommodating and friendly, and the school itself is beautiful. Most kids are nice, and the spirit is high. I don't think I could've made a better choice. The only thing is that it doesn't take Early College Experience credit since I took courses on my high school campus as opposed to a college campus, even though a UCONN professor taught the course, but I can even understand that since it's not standardized.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I honestly don't get involved in the party scene and spend most of my time with my friends doing what we want, which is just as great in my opinion.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Duke is super passionate and spirited about being a Blue Devil!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: While I'm not crazy about Greek Life in general, I really love my sisters in my sorority and am so happy to have found a home.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is great!! Downtown Durham has so many options and a ton of variety that there is always something new to try.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: Generally, I have not had any issues with the campus administration, but I also have not had much experience to comment much.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Duke really tries to work with you to get the most possible financial aid as needed.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Generally, after freshman year meals plans and options are great. Although it's nice that as freshman you can use your swipes and the Freeman Center instead of Marketplace. But it's horrible that you don't get that many food points to start with and you can only really eat in one place everyday. Also you have to miss two meals if you want brunch and dinner on weekends. After freshmen year you can have any meal plan size you want and there are tons of food options to select from. The only comment I really have with Duke Dinning, is that beyond Divinity there aren't that many healthy food options, and Divinity is no longer open for dinner.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Duke campus housing is pretty good. As a freshmen housing assignment is random and most dorms are nice except two (that tend to be really small). Beyond freshmen you have the option to live on West Campus or Central Campus based on your rankings. Usually you will get one of your 3 top choices. You are then assigned a lottery number based on your year, and even the lowest lottery numbers (like I had last year) get you a pretty good room. While roommate assignments are not always the best, I haven't had too bad of an experience, and you technically choose your own roommate. I ended up living in Few which I think is an awesome dorm, and I got to block with my friends. The dorm is in one of the best locations and the rooms are A/Ced and a reasonable size.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never been to an off-campus apartment, but I've heard pretty decent things about them.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Kind of limited to Shooters and Divines some nights.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Durham was rated one of the "foodiest cities in America"

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: Nothing really to complain about.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Duke is very expensive and my family has just the right amount of money that we can neither pay for it without financial aid and yet we are screwed and I don't receive very much aid at all.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I would give it 5 stars, but MP takes it down 2 stars.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love everything about Duke. Good people, good atmosphere, good city to be in.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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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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