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Reviews 933 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Rooms are small for freshman, and the housing application sucks for upperclassmen

5 College Freshman

Athletics: We have some of the best programs and the best school spirit to back it up

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Duke provides students with bundles opportunities; however, there is a lot of competition to access those opportunities.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I think my school tries to prevent these things, but it is up to the students more than anything.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Overall I have really enjoyed my first year at Duke. It is difficult, but the professors care and the classes are interesting.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I know the career center is there to help students no matter what.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I think a lot of these factors are dependent upon the dorm.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: It depends on what you want to get out of Greek life. I think it is as important as you make it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Only some of the sports matter, other sports are not as important.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I enjoy the professors and all the opportunities that are available.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have an alert system that send a text to every student, whether they be on or off campus, whenever something as happened. No matter how big or small.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Duke. Students have to ask about their professors and courses so that they know what they are getting into. That is one thing I wish I would have known my freshman year. I am currently a junior, and there has not been 1 class I have taken here that I would consider "easy". Duke is HARD WORK, and you have to be willing and ready to be tired and exhausted every once in a while. It is also nice to make upperclassmen friends that have already taken the courses you want to take and experience the teacher you plan on taking those classes with. It helped me a lot. The professors here care for the students more than I a\have ever seen, and it feels great.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: A Duke degree is a dream to many people, including myself. I know that it will take me so far, even to places I know I do not belong. When I got here is when I realized that school is not a competition. I realized that I was where I needed to be when I met people and became friends with people that were way smarter than I am. Every day is a challenge, but getting that degree is so worth it.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I currently live in an apartment off campus, and I love it. Yes, the walls are thin, but as long you and your neighbors have an understanding at the beginning of the year about noise, everything will be fine. I love living on campus but feeling like I live off campus. Having my own kitchen and my own bathroom is great, even if I have to clean it myself. Living on Central campus makes me feel like I am going to my home away from school when I finish with classes and work for the day.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I think that Greek life plays a really big role in the African American community at my school. Some think that the only way to be noticed and to do great things is by joining a sorority of fraternity, and that is not the case. On the other hand, Greek life gives one new sisters and brothers that are not able to be found anywhere else. We do not have Greek housing for black frats and sororities.

5 College Junior

Athletics: People hate Duke because of Duke Basketball, so it must be pretty good! Athletics, in my opinion, is what brings most of the students together. It is like the students have a different identity and community outside of academics. Athletics make us one big family.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: My favorite thing about Duke University is that I have met friends that I know I will have for a lifetime. I have never gone through anything, positive or negative, alone due to the fact that my support system is so unwavering and loyal. The teachers are genuinely here to help, and that makes me respect the school a lot more.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: There is a good amount of break ins on certain parts of campus (ie Central) but that's completely avoidable if you just decide to not live in the on campus apartments

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5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Duke's policy of three years of on campus living creates a stronger community overall.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely worth being involved in. Unfortunately, there are no real houses, just apartment buildings on central. Greek life would be more meaningful (in a positive way) if there were houses. It would create a stronger community based off more than just going out together.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics are huge. Being a Cameron Crazie is almost a right of passage, and football is also increasing in popularity as well. Being an athlete here is an amazing experience, probably one of the best universities to participate in sports in the country.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Duke is one of very few schools in the country that pride themselves on academics AND athletics. It really is the whole package. You interact with really smart kids who also love to have fun. It isn't super cut throat and competitive like a lot of the Ivy League schools have a reputation for. Teamwork is strongly encouraged here.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As far as safety, there has been several instances of students getting mugged, especially on Central. I would feel uneasy having to walk to my dorm by myself at night, but I would never worry too much about it. However, as a person of color on campus, as racial instances keep occurring on campus, I am gradually feeling less safe on campus. I do not feel my life is significantly in danger or anything, but I do not feel as comfortable walking around as I did when I first came here.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors at Duke are amazing; the ones I've had have been genuine and want nothing more than for their students to take what knowledge they've obtained and use it for something greater. The actual courses at Duke are unimaginably difficult. The rigor is a huge jump from high school, and it's very easy to underestimate the coursework, especially if things were a breeze in high school. For those who are used to getting all A's, Duke often knocks them down and makes them realize that they need to give it their all 24/7 in order to excel this level of academics.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I feel that a degree from this school means that you know not only OF a subject or ABOUT a subject. You actually know THE subject; you've not only been taught the inner workings and concepts of it, but also how to produce new theories and pieces of knowledge within the subject area yourself. Duke trains you with research, internships, and hands-on opportunities that allow you to raise your questions and find the answers to them. That, in my opinion, is an in-depth way of learning.

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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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