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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The student body is incredibly impressive. I have deep respect for almost all of them.

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Hierarchy is a thing and I wish it weren't. Not just Greek

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's alright in general. There are a few and there aren't a few.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I think this university portrays a mixture of both a southern school and a northern school. I think the economic status of the students' families are fairly easy to assess based on the social culture created at the school. While there may be some socio-economic differences between students, for the most part there is a tight-knit community feel, and no one is left out.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most Dukies are athletic and put a decent amount of effort into their appearances.

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Overall, Duke is an exceptionally manicured campus filled with equally attractive, put-together people. The old story goes that the guys are better looking than the girls, but in reality, it doesn't take much to find a truly beautiful member of either sex. Most Dukies are conscientious about their image, and it shows—students hit the gym often to stay fit, and people commonly dress up for class and parties. You will meet plenty of people on campus who just seem "too perfect," those students who are good looking, brilliant, funny, and intensely motivated to succeed. While these enigmas can create some pressure on campus, the overall atmosphere consists of happy, social, and smart kids with above-average looks.

In terms of the campus dating scene, students tend to lean much more towards weekend hookups than long-term relationships, but it isn't impossible to find some great couples on campus (and if you stroll through the Gardens or past the Chapel on a nice spring day, you'll quickly find a young Duke alumna in a long white dress having her wedding photos taken).

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Duke Student Health offers a variety of contraceptive options, and condoms are available in dorm vending machines.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The quads
  2. Classes
  3. Parties
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Shooters
  2. Fraternity parties
  3. Study rooms
Social Scene
It is rare to find a Duke student who doesn't find the University a bit cliquish. This is not to say that you can't make a lot of friends in a variety of groups, but sometimes, parts of Duke can feel exclusive. Students are fun, bright, and attractive, but tend to stay in small groups of fun, bright, and attractive people. It is easy to carry on a conversation with classmates on the bus, walking to or from a class, or anywhere on campus, but if you're from different groups, it is unlikely you will move to the tier "close personal friend" from that of "casual acquaintance." Once you find your niche, Duke will be a ton of fun. Dorms, clubs, organizations, and projects-anything where you interact with a lot with other people-can be great places to forge strong friendships.
Hookups or Relationships?
Hookups are definitely the prevailing wind in these parts, but there are some students who manage to maintain healthy, committed relationships on campus.
Dress Code
There is no set dress code, but, overall, students are preppy. The likes of J. Crew, The Gap, and Vineyard Vines reign supreme, with button-down shirts, khakis, and Sperry's being a part of nearly every student's wardrobe. When dressing down, people are likely to sport jeans, a Duke T-shirt or sweatshirt, and flip-flops. Duke students almost always look good, and you will find few who are willing to roll out of bed and go to class in pajamas or sweats. There are certainly exceptions to these rules, with plenty of students refusing to conform to Nantucket-inspired apparel. On the whole, though, campus looks fit for an L.L. Bean catalog.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 36 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 36 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 39 responses

  • 19% Casual dating at your school
  • 19% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 17% None
  • 16% Long-distance relationship
  • 9% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 7% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 3% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 3% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 3% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 18 responses

  • 19% Clubs/Extracurriculars
  • 19% Freshman Dorm
  • 17% Join clubs! Get to know people in your dorm.
  • 13% Rush
  • 13% Class
  • 11% Tenting
  • 6% Dorm
  • 2% Drinking

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 20 responses

  • 35% Well-Rounded
  • 20% Ambitious
  • 15% Tired
  • 15% Passionate
  • 5% Excited
  • 5% Individuals
  • 5% Pretending to be humble but not

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 17 responses

  • 35% Parties
  • 23% Classes
  • 19% Shooters
  • 9% Library
  • 7% Tenting
  • 5% The quads
  • 2% Guys don't like me so i dont meet them

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 60% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 40% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 0% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 50% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 38% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 8% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 5% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.


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