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Reviews 911 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diverse to a Degree – Lots of sexual diversity, and racial diversity, too, but people seem to stick to their own kind with their friendships.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Like We Fell Out of a Movie – The most unique thing about this school that has continued to baffle me is that everyone in the school is fit. And I'm not talking about stick thin or 26-inch biceps, but I mean we're all healthy and generally conscientious about our health. And I don't know about any other school but I feel like it's a novel thing.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Look I don't like Basketball nor will I ever, but you can't help vibing with the enthusiasm this school emanates. Come basketball season, the quads will be cleared because everyone's cramming into the nearest room they can find with a TV channel tuned in to ESPN2. The school is obviously one of the top in basketball, but the amazing thing is how the entire school rallies around them to have the team continue. And the gyms on campus are a perfect place to go if you think you can be an athlete of your own. ;)

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: You'll Never Get Bored – I gotta hand it to Duke, they really take care of their students well. I mean where do I start. You'd be a fool to think that they didn't have good athletic centers. I mean...it's Duke. That aside they have a bunch of places to study. The libraries are stocked with books and desk help. You can even get your electronics fixed in the Link (the students' electronics resource located in Perkins library). There is ALWAYS something going on in the school, from dances to pumpkin catapults to famous speakers. And the campus is also beautiful and has the Duke gardens so if you're tired of all of the academics, then you can just stroll in and get lost.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Appearance-Conscious Enough to Keep the Gyms Full – Not your typical daddy's little girl or momma's boy. Not a whole lot of emphasis on brands or makeup or anything, but enough to keep the gyms full of students who want to keep in shape. Both genders are very attractive.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: East Campus Feels Like a Community – All freshmen live on East Campus in one of ten dorms. Some dorms are big, some are tiny. Three have AC, and one, Belltower, is the newest and literally feels like a hotel. Don't let the aesthetics speak for themselves, though: the people really do make the dorm. Sororities just got housing, and they implemented a new housing system, so it will change a lot in the future years for upperclassmen.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Beautiful on One Half, Quaint on the Other – West Campus is unrivaled - the Chapel, Perkins library, Wilson gym (that many varsity athletes use and a large portion of the student body as well), the quad, the Forest...East Campus is an older version. It has its own gym (Brodie) as well as music and dance buildings, and a library (Lily) but they are clearly older and have a different style of architecture.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: We have strong sports program, but also one of the highest rates of athletes actually graduating.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus is split into three campuses: West, East, and Central. Buses go between them. The buses are good, except right between classes when hundreds of people crowd to get on. A few people have bikes. Cars are useful, but very few freshmen have/need them. There are some other buses that go into the city, and to Chapel Hill.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: So Much to Do – There are lots of good restaurants near to campus. If you have a car, it's easy to get around and find good shopping places. Sports are big here. There's much more activity directly related to Duke (i.e. put on by Duke students) than anything done by Durham.

5 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is great, but expensive. You don't really need a car.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Are Present – The Greek life is there for those who want it, and the parties are there for those who want to go to them. However, Greek life not overwhelming.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Not Super Strict – Be discreet and you'll be fine. They're there to make sure you don't die.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: School Spirit – Everyone is very proud to be a blue devil, despite our sometime conception as being dousches.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Popular Majors – Pre-med, BME, economics. Competitive but not cut throat; great working environment. Study groups and tutors are readily available, and office hours are offered by the majority of, if not all, professors.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Come to Duke, I promise you'll love it here. Everybody's super nice and smart and there's always plenty of stuff to do on campus. However, be ready to work hard in class. :D

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food Off Campus – There's a ton of local restaurants from Mexican to Thai that's within walking distance. Or you can call deliver and pay for it using food points (Merchants on Points). However, it can be expensive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not Bad... Just Expensive – The food is pretty good on campus if you can find it but the dining plan isn't very good especially if you're a freshman. They make you buy a dining plan and get food points so you have 7 swipes a week for dinner/brunch on the weekend and then swipes for breakfast but you have to use food points for lunch. It's really confusing and sort of limits your choices. Also the food gets repetitive and isn't always the healthiest.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus rocks – The bus system provided by duke is AWESOME! C1 really helps a lot. But there're certainly some place that buses don't cover, like Hull studio where students dance classes and is ten-minute walk from bus stop.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Not bad, but not as excited as you might imagine – Growing up in a big city, I was totally disappointed for the first semester at duke. There's not much to do after class at night other than hanging out with friends at dorm or going to parties. Off-campus party, seriously, is not at all safe. Even some on-campus parties will accidentally have some people outside come in.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Marketplace sucks, as everyone knows. There aren't too many dining options on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: Excellent Computer Lab – All big-screen apple computer and very accessible in east campus

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Parking sucks and the buses get really annoying- but they do their best to try to accomodate you. There is free transportation pretty much anywhere in Durham and they just bought new, bigger buses to make going back and forth from East/West easier.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is pretty good- you get pretty sick of Marketplace on East, but there are a lot of great places to eat on West. You will definitely run out of food points, so be prepared to buy more.

1 College Junior

Parking: The Blue Zone Is Stupid – East and central campus have great parking, but living on west (which is most convenient) also comes with the worst parking. On game days people have to move their cars and finding a good spot in the first lot is almost impossible.

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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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