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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life can be as a big or small a part of your life as you want it to be (It is not necessary to go Greek). In many ways, it very much stratifies the social scene and comes with stereotypes, but that is not to say the benefits or being in a fraternity or sorority--such as brother/sisterhood, philanthropy, social events, etc.--are not present.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life is rampant and active. Not too exclusive or a bad influence on campus but does not have a good relationship with the administration.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Duke takes the health and safety of their students very seriously. in terms of health, each building has hand sanitizer everywhere and the food on campus is always of a high grade of quality. Safety is taken even more seriously. The blue light help phones are all over the place and the duke safe ride system works 24/7. There are duke police offices on all 3 campuses that have both fast response police and ems.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Duke has great athletic facilities and libraries, as well as more social events than you could ever go to.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Little Bit of Everything – You can find just about any classes you are interested in. Most of the professors are fantastic, but it helps to actually check CourseRank and Rate My Professor. If you work really hard on research, you can have a great schedule geared towards what you do best (tests, papers, quizzes).

4 College Junior

Weather: weather is great, Im from the north east and its so warm! but in the spring you get wicked bad allergies because of all the pollen (just for like a month)

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Shooters Socializing – Dress code varies, from polished, preppy to scrubby athletic. Girls and guys are good looking if you look hard enough or just go to Shooters

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Small City in Transition – Durham is a small city in transition. There are pockets of increasing urbanization/gentrification (like Brightleaf, the American Tobacco District, the Warehouse District), but there are also huge swaths of intense poverty. The yuppie Durham community seems pretty intent on either ignoring the problems facing lower-income residents or just advocating for more police presence, neither or which do much to build positive relationships among the entire town.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Few Healthy Options, Many Delicious Choices – There's great food scattered all around East, West and Central Campuses - the only caveat is that it's hard to come by healthy stuff. A lot of students resort to eating McDonald's, Chik-fil-A or Armadillo Cafe pretty frequently.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Cookie Cutter – Everyone looks and dresses the same for the most part. Guys are fratty and wear pinnies and khakis and girls wear sundresses or gym clothes. Lots of school spirit and Duke attire but other than that, not too much variation.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: East Campus – The freshman dorm community is great. It is easy to make friends in your dorm and with your class, as all of the freshman live on one campus. However, as of this year the Duke housing model changed so it is hard to rate, or even explain, housing at the moment. After the transition, I'm sure it will be great.

1 College Junior

Administration: Tailgate Cancelled – Duke tailgate was a tradition that brought diverse groups of students together before football games. However, due to an unfortunate happening, tailgates have been permanently cancelled, putting a damper on game days. However, this just means more build up for basketball season.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Durham weather can bring a gorgeous sunny day for three hours and then a thunderstorm. However, there is a relatively warm climate and beautiful foliage. It depends what you are used to.

5 College Senior

Campus Food: Dining is Awesome!! There are over 30 on-campus eateries. But that's not it! Duke has an ongoing agreement with some of the local off-campus restaurants. The program is called "Merchants on Points" and you can use your allotted food plan to order food from different restaurants (they even deliver)!

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing isn't as impressive as state schools, but each year Duke is remodeling/rebuilding the dorms, so I'm sure they'll continue to improve.

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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Alumni Alumni ALUMNI – Duke has the most Amazing set of alumni you can possibly find. My freshman year I was offered a job that would have me set for life. With the professors, researchers, visiting recruiters, and established alumni who prefer hiring "Dukies", you've got a vital system set in place to help you succeed. There's such variety at Duke that you can find yourself ready and set for Law/Medical School, or you can take an offer as a computer systems analyst, or you can travel the world for archaeological digs. Duke's art/dance/music programs are also fantastic so don't think you're limited to the sciences and humanities.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: It's Just So Pretty – Many of the facilities are state-of-the-art, newly designed tools to enhance student life. For example, there are hubs of study rooms with walls of usable technology to help with learning. Also, the buildings are constantly updated while the previous decor is reinforced and maintained.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Top Tier School – Professors are very helpful and full of knowledge. Great rigor.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: East Campus Repetitive West Campus Good – The Marketplace on East Campus gets repetitive but the rest of food on campus is awesome!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Duke is great for everyone. If you want a small community, you can find it in Selective Living Groups and clubs. If you want to go out and party every night, Shooters is five minutes away ... on foot. If you want to study, Perkins Library is open 24 hours a day. If you're religious, there are services for many religions and denominations as well as campus ministries and fellowships. If you're musical, there are a TON of opportunities to get involved (Jazz at Mary Lou, Duke Symphony, etc.) If you're athletic, there are intramural and club sports. and If you're into watching sports and having school pride, we Blue Devils know how it's done.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I started as a Biomedical Engineer major, but decided to change my major to Statistical Science after my freshman year. I love that Statistics allows me to combine my strengths (math, programming, analytical skills, etc) while also letting me decide whether or not to avoid my weaknesses (organic chemistry, biology, etc.) I am excited that statisticians are needed in so many diverse fields and that job stability is almost guaranteed.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Small Department – The Statistical Science department at Duke is relatively small. This is a perk in that it means smaller class sizes as compared to Engineering or Chemistry lectures. It also allows students to get to know their professors more intimately and helps encourage participant learning. However, it also means that for students looking for research opportunities, there is only a limited scope which the STA professors are able to cover. Not to worry; there are several other programs across campus that like to have Statistics students involved in their research, such as Math, Bio, CompSci, Econ, PubPol, etc.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Kind of Inconvenient – Much easier to live on campus. Seniors can live off campus, but it's much further away from classes and you need a car. However, it can be cheaper than living in the dorms.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Duke has a wide variety of classes in so many departments, all with extremely knowledgable professors. Of course, introductory classes are not the best, but once you get to higher level classes, there is a lot of interaction with professors with smaller class size, and they are extremely helpful.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I always feel safe walking around on campus at night, and crime is basically limited to petty theft (i.e. people who leave their stuff unattended in the library). The only bad thing is walking around alone at night close to campus, because Durham is not the nicest city on earth.

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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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