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Reviews 1117 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of different options but getting to campus can be hard

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I love Durham food. Huge part of my college experience

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Scholarships: Getting it, I don't know, but options for work study aren't great

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Duke sports are a big part of campus life and very fun events to attend.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Area: Not much to do, but there is always DPAC which has events and some festivals, plus a lot of good restaurants. Can feel somewhat unsafe at times though.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Never had a problem with feeling unsafe while on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of different restaurants close by. Fairly expensive, but many deliver on food points.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Just fill out the FAFSA. Students are automatically considered for scholarships.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: I'm not used to this sort of freedom, so anything seems lenient.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't go to parties.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Some of the party themes are pretty terrible and it's tough to get into frat parties without any girls in the group.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I love my apartment on central campus, but I wish they had better lighting and I wish that the rules weren't so strict about hosting parties in the apartments.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I normally feel safe walking on campus, especially with the increased number of safety officers on campus. I can, however, feel a bit nervous when I'm walking home late at night sometimes.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The campus is gorgeous and has lots of fun places to hang out, but the quality has been severely diminished as of late with all of the construction on campus. I feel like the construction is really negatively impacting my experience at Duke.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: I did not receive much financial aid from the university.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Athletics: The varsity athletics program at Duke is phenomenal and makes it really easy to have tons of school spirit. The club and intramural sports aren't as big of a deal, but they are still well-participated in and fun.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Administration: The university is very strict about underage drinking and drinking in the dorms, but for good reason. I wish the university was no so strict about throwing parties, though.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The dining options in Durham are absolutely amazing. There is such a wide variety of high quality and affordable restaurants in the area, and it's always fun getting off campus to try a new restaurant.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life can often times seem a bit cliquey, and being a guy, it is very difficult to get into fraternity parties unless I have girls with me. I'm not a big fan of the Greek system at Duke, which is why I chose an alternative.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are beautiful, and fantastic places to live!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Duke has one of the best athletic programs in the nation.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are plenty of parties, and they are not difficult to get into. There's something for everyone!

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life is available, but not overpowering.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: There are many great majors offered, and they each have fantastic faculty!

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3 College Freshman

Administration: School policies do not seem very strict but I have not had experience with them

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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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