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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I never thought I would end up at Duke, and applied kind of a last minute "Why not?" type thing. Now I can't imagine going anywhere else. This school has the perfect balance of social and academic aspects, and amazing research opportunities. I'm a freshman, and I got the chance to work in a computational biology lab. I love Duke, and there has not been a day that I ever regretted coming here. It's easy to feel a connection with most everyone on campus, and I feel like I've already found a second family here.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: CarShare, Bull City Connector (which is free), and megabus are all cheap options from getting around. Also, a lot of places in Durham are within walking distance.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a huge amount of diversity, and I feel like overall the campus is very accepting.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Much better weather than up north.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I live in the substance free dorm, so I haven't really seen people do drugs. Drinking is a huge thing though.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I ain't about that Greek life.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's good, but you get sick of it. And the meal plan is very confusing at first, but you'll get the hang of it after a while.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I'm in a long-term long distance relationship with someone from high school, but I've seen a lot of relationships spring up within the first semester of my freshman year. There's a wide range of people, those who like casual hook-ups and those who like more committed and serious relationships. Guys are TALL here, and a lot of them are pretty attractive.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Technology: Wifi is awesome, printing super convenient and FREE (it's totally unnecessary to bring your own printer), computer labs are usually free, and come with programs like Final Cut, garage band, and Photoshop.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: My parents didn't think I would get financial aid from anywhere, because we are upper middle class. I didn't even apply for it until way after the deadline passed, but we got a good amount of financial aid anyway.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Durham has a lot of great food options (although not as many as they advertise in the admissions package they give you). I haven't spent a lot of time off campus, although I know there is plenty to do. The city is really accessible, because they have free buses going throughout Durham. There's a farmer's market every Saturday, where a lot of people in the community go to. It feels really southern and quaint. There's a stereotype that Duke is full of obnoxious, privileged kids, and basically everyone in North Carolina hates Duke because UNC is our huge rival. Knowing the people here, I wouldn't agree with that stereotype at all. Everyone's proud of going to Duke, but they don't really shove that in people's faces or flaunt it.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: At Duke, housing is guaranteed all 4 years (and required for the 1st three). That takes away a lot of the stress that my friends from other schools are facing from trying to find reasonably priced off campus housing. There is a wide range of housing options, from Central Campus apartment-style, to new, air-conditioned dorms, to dorms with classic Gothic architecture. Rooms tend to be quite spacious, or at least mine is. The freshman live on their own campus, which has its ups and downs. The positive part of that is that you get a great sense of community since you know everyone you're living with is going through the same adjustment to college period you're going through. The downside is location--you're further away from the West campus classes, but buses only take about 5-10 minutes to go back and forth between campuses, and buses come very regularly while class is in session (during the daytime). Plus, you're closer to 9th street, where there are restaurants and grocery stores.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: There is nothing quite like Duke basketball; just do a Google image search of "Cameron Crazies," and you'll get a taste of the spirit Duke students have. Sports give the campus a unified feeling, and create a really strong community (plus they're a nice break from the stress of academic life).

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: As a freshman, it's difficult to find parties to go to on the weekends. Then again, if you know older students you'll have more connections to parties going on. Rush season hasn't really started, either, so maybe things will change then.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: i live pretty far away

4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: computer tech assistance in same building as my classes

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: not too much snow but very hot and humid in the summer

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: have always been able to reach someone when needed

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: i have not utilized on campus housing

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: i haven't seen any used

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: my program did a great job of keeping me informed and communicating with me

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: limited spots in a lot that i pay for-parking is horrible

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I don't think I utilize on-campus transportation options as much as I could.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: DUKE BASKETBALL. enough said. Seriously though having such a high level basketball team really inspires a lot of school spirit. Going to the games in Cameron is so much fun and football games are great too! It's a very athletic campus in general, lots of people play club or intramural sports and like to go to the gym and keep fit. Athletics provides a great balance with the amazing academics.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Great options to eat on campus. We have over 30 eateries and then also a rotating food truck schedule which is awesome (crepe truck, dumpling truck, taco truck, etc). 2 of the campus restaurants are open 24 hours. There is also merchants-on-points where you can order food from local restaurants that will deliver to campus and you pay with food points! Also we got Red Mango this year which is new and delicious!

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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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