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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diverse, Tolerant, Yet Segregated – The campus is really diverse, more in terms of ethnic group than socioeconomic status. Students as a whole are very accepting and tolerant of diversity, but you will find that many groups tend to self-segregate, which is just the way it is. This self-segregation is not unique to Duke and shouldn't be regarded as inhibitory in any way.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: There is lots to do and see with high profile students and faculty. The work is challenging but the presentations are great and the location is prime. Visit Raleigh or Chapel Hill (both are neighboring cities). Watch high class NCAA basketball.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great University. Social Too – There's by far a better social life than any other top university. There's a lot to do, especially for those in frats. My only complaint is that second semester it's hard to be independent because frats close their parties. Some brothers are pretty full of themselves like anywhere. What I love most is that people understand when you have homework and can't go out. If you go to a state school, you'll get a lot of crap from people about working too much, but everyone works hard here.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's Pretty Convenient – It can be a pain at times though. They stop running C1's on weekends and after 8 on weekdays now, so it can take 15 minutes for a bus to come and another 15 minutes for the bus to take you between east and west campus

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's Preppy, but That's Probably a Good Thing. Duke has much more attractive people than any other top university. The school is very fratty, but there's a large independent crowd that manages to enjoy life just as well.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's Definitely There – I'd say a good 50% of the class ends up smoking weed at some point, which you'll find at any college. Cocaine is surprisingly common but really just within certain fraternities

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Printing is usually convenient. Every once in a while a printer will be jammed or you won't have a printer nearby. Computers are fine. Good internet access

4 College Freshman

Administration: East campus, the freshman campus, is dry and you will get in trouble if you have an open container of alcohol (although many RA's will overlook drinking as long as it is kept inside dorm rooms and thing don't get too rowdy). If you are underage on West Campus you probably want to drink indoors but it is far less strict. In general, the Duke police and Duke administration don't want to get you in trouble, they just want students to stay safe. It is not a good idea to drink off campus underage. Durham police are far less friendly and the ALE is known to cite people.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Duke freshman dining plan is pretty terrible and also complicated. It's a guarantee you will run out of food points and need to buy more.
However, sophomore year and up the plan is far better and there are a lot of options for eating.

The food itself is pretty good. Sometimes it gets repetitive, but on the whole Duke does a good job. Also, to note, I'm a vegetarian and there seem to be plenty of options.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Duke has world class faculty. They expect you to be responsible for your work-- you are no longer in high school-- yet they are all very responsive to questions; they want you to succeed. That is not to say that there are some more 'lack luster' professors out there who don't fit that mold.

If you are interested in Public Policy, Engineering, Economics or Medicine, Duke has extremely strong programs. Then again, I personally lean towards the humanities and social sciences and am still very content with the offerings.

The workload differs from person to person, however the general consensus is that being a Duke student means having to do work (especially if you are an engineer or pre-med). Then again, if you got into Duke, you can probably handle it.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Everyone here says that we have the best of both worlds, and we really do. There's great academics, but also an incredible social scene. While people say that Dukies are arrogant or cocky because of this attitude, the facts cannot be denied.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: THE BEST – One word: TENTING. Basketball is the best. Though Football isn't that good, every single person goes to tailgate, which is absolutely amazing.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Duke does a really good job of keeping their stuff up to date and clean. The athletic facilities are akin to those of a country club, and campus is just beautiful in general.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not That Pervasive – If you're looking, I'm sure you can find it. But it's not that big really. People smoke, but it's mainly alcohol.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Worth It! For the first three years at least. The freshmen all live together, which is a great experience, but once you're upgraded to West campus, it's absolutely amazing. That's where all the parties are. The dorms are very well-sized and almost all have walk-in closets. If you don't get air conditioning, it can be bad, but I've never had that problem.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe WITHIN Campus – As long as you don't go into Durham, ie the Dirty D, you'll be fine. The police are your friends and won't get you into trouble-- they'll keep you out. As long as you're smart, nothing bad will happen. Just be careful when you leave campus, as Durham is not always the safest place.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Students have a pretty laid back approach as to what to wear during the day, but will dress up to go out at night. Longchamp purses, rainbows, vineyard vines, and Duke Tshirts can be seen everyday. The party scene is pretty large and sometimes overwhelming- it feels like everyone is going partying on West Campus and fliers advertising these parties and beer cans are everywhere. It's easy to get in a party, but there are also other things to do, although sometimes not as noticeable. Free movies, sports games, going out clubbing or just having a nice dinner are also common. Most social events probably depend on the organization you're in- varying from being involved in greek life to music to religious life to any other interest you may have.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I Like to Eat...A Lot – Off East Campus (within walking distance) is Ninth Street and Brightleaf Square with many really good restaurants. Definitely check it out. You can also drive to Southpoint Mall where there is a Cheesecake Factory. A local place called Local Yogurt also has good froyo.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Lots of people want to be econ majors, so it's a big department. They know how to get you ready for whatever career/grad school path you want to take. However, I've also heard that it's a big department with big classes so not always ideal, especially since smaller classes where you get to know your professors really well do exist at Duke. I haven't loved my intro classes so far, but I heard no one really likes the intro classes that much anyway. I'm excited about the electives, however.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Realistic Policies – Policies at Duke are realistic. They address serious problems adequately, but allow college students to do what college students will inevitably do without unnecessarily harsh consequences. Campus police are prevalent but not feared.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at Duke are truly unparalleled given the school's academic caliber. Though most of the unique aspects revolve around basketball (tenting, Cameron Crazies, Kville), athletics overall bring a fantastic sense of school spirit to the student body.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Wonderful and Varied Options – Duke has wonderful and varied options for dining on campus. The freshman dining hall provides a welcoming atmosphere that is shared with fellow classmates, and though the food is not top-quality the all-you-can-eat buffet-style makes up for it. Upperclassman options on West are incredible, including both eco-friendly eateries using locally grown ingredients and the favorite McDonalds, high-quality sit-down restaurants and quick hot dog stands.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Rule the School – Duke is a split campus and therefore heavily relies on buses to move students to and from both campuses. Therefore Duke transportation has it down pretty much to an art. Buses arrive quite frequently and are easy to use

3 College Sophomore

Parking: They Love Giving Tickets – Parking on east is much easier than parking on west. However the campus police LOVE giving tickets so make sure that you have the right permit for where your parking or you're most likely going to come back to a ticket. Cars on campus are really not necessary. Even though Duke is a split campus there are buses running regularly, and East Campus is within walking distance of all attractions in downtown Durham.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: No top tier university can boast an athletic program like Duke's. Two Division One basketball championships inside of a decade along with a bevy of golf, tennis and now lacrosse titles. The campus goes wild during basketball season; it seems everyone is a rabid fan. Students have camped out for 8 WEEKS to get front row tickets to some of these nationally televised games. And don't you dare wear light blue any time close to a Duke-North Carolina game; people will stare daggers at you!

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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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