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4 College Freshman

Weather: Not too cold, but don't assume it is always warm.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I have had an amazing freshman experience.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Required to live on campus for 3 years.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: Going home sucks to get used to slow internet.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I ended up joining when I was 100% sure I wouldn't

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not overbearing, but visible.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very visible on campus, but pretty much the only drug that is. Especially around sorority and fraternity recruitment it can get pretty bad.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The English program is awesome! The theatre program is fantastic too, but I sometimes wish there were more class options for theatrical design.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: They understand kids want to have fun, and as long as you're doing it safely, it doesn't become a problem.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: They are extremely generous and give 100% of need-based aid. Totally helpful!

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses don't go very far into Durham, but they run 24/7 if you need to get somewhere nearby or from one campus to another. They are extremely safe and reliable.

4 College Freshman

Technology: I bought a Mac through the school, got a great deal on it, and can pay it off over the four years I'm here! It's a great system.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's a beautiful campus even at night. it's hard to not feel safe in the "Duke Bubble."

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love my dorm, although I have one the largest triple on East Campus! Almost everyone's room is pretty spacious. Mine even has hardwood floors and walk in closets. It depends on what building you are in, though.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is extremely mild in the winter and warm in the summer. It rarely rains and is pretty beautiful and sunny every days. Blue skies become typical!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are much more places to dine in Durham if you have a car, and if you do the possibilities are endless! Durham is named one of the best cities for food in America and they are right. It is delicious and there is much to choose from! But not so much walking distance as driving distance...

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Basketball. Fans are pretty intense. There are copious resources for research and extracurricular learning.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The athletic spaces are great. Duke is a very beautiful campus and there are number of places that support student life.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: People are pretty attractive at duke and have many interest.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Camping out for basketball I don't know any other school that does that.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletic facilities at Duke are great. Most of the spirit is around our top-rate basketball program although football has been in a upswing and more support has been given. Soccer is pretty popular too but not in the same way basketball is.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: As I previously mention there is only a few options that students can select from for off campus nightlife.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Weather didn't really have much of an affect on my college experience. There weather is typical of a northern southern state. We have all of the seasons and it snows in durham occasionally.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are all kinds of people at Duke from all over the country and world. Yet Duke is definitely a very affluent place considering that only 40% of students receive financial aid. Duke is pretty liberal but there is sizable conservative population. And there is an active LGBTQ center.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: As I previously mention dinning in durham is awesome.

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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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