Duke University

Durham, NC

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  • On-Campus Housing Available
  • Freshmen Students Required to Live on Campus
  • Meal Service
  • Co-ed Dorms
  • Women's Dorms
  • Men's Dorms
  • Single-Student Apartments
  • Other: Theme and wellness housing.
Room & Board Expenses $12,433
Living On-Campus 83%
Living Off-Campus 17%

Ratings & Reviews

Overall College Life Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 6 Reviews

67% of students gave Duke University 5 stars in College Life.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

College Life Rating

Administration has dramatically shifted the social atmosphere by creating a new housing model that models the Ivy system. The traditional Greek life patriarchy of social activity characteristic of Duke has been handed to the student body through the institution of multiple houses, as opposed to traditional frat "districts" or quads, dispersing class years across each campus. This allows for Independents, the nonGreek students, and Greeks to throw parties, and host social events. This social aspect, coupled with the stricter "no hazing" policies have been severely weakening to Greek groups, and only slightly empowering to Independents. In turn, parties are still frequent, but more numerous, dispersing the once consistently large groups across campuses, and pushing for more massive gatherings at local clubs, such as Shooters 2. Outside of the nightlife, there are still a multitude of organizational opportunities to get involved with in and out of class, along with athletics and the Kville tradition of sleeping out. On a typical weekend, you may go to a hosted party, a semiformal, study in the library, play hoops in the gyms, run on the trails between campuses, and grab a late night snack from one of the 24 hour restaurants on campus.

Alumnus - Grad Year 1991

College Life Rating

Duke was a ton of fun in the late 80s. I'm not sure what it's like now, but in the late 80s/early 90s, we played as hard as we worked. Fraternities, which had on-campus housing (the sororities do not), were at the center of on-campus socializing, with parties happening every night of the week except Sunday. We didn't go off-campus too much until our later years in school. Duke basketball, obviously, is an amazing feature of the school. With the students getting the best seats in the house (Cameron Indoor Stadium) they feel very involved and "integral" in the fate of the team. Other athletics don't get quite as much attention as basketball, though we did regularly go to football games as well.

Campus Safety

Emergency Hotline
(919) 684-4636
Medical Center Emergency Department
(919) 966-3820
Campus Police
502 Oregon St. Durham, NC 27708


Quick Facts
Team Mascot: Blue Devils
School Song: Fight Blue Devils
School Colors: blue and white
Official Athletics Site: www.goduke.com
Athletic Facilities aquatic and athletic center, fields, gymnasium, recreation center, tennis stadium
Athletic Conferences: NAA, NCAA
Football: Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
Baseball: Atlantic Coast Conference
Track: Atlantic Coast Conference

Athletics Department at Duke University

Athletic Director Name
Kevin White
Athletic Department Email

Student Organizations

Greek Organizations
Number of Fraternities: 15
Number of Sororities: 10
Percentage of Men in Fraternities: 29%
Percentage of Women in Sororities: 42%
Military Programs
ROTC Air Force

Other Organizations

  • Academic Clubs
  • Business
  • Environmental
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Music Organizations (Band, Choir, etc.)
  • Political Activism
  • Theatre/Drama
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Religious Organizations
  • Minority Organizations
  • International Organizations
  • Student Government
  • Student Newspaper
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
  • Television Station

Student Services

Computer & Technological Services

  • Internet Access
  • Computers in Residence Halls
  • Computers in Libraries
  • Computer Labs
  • Computers in Student Center
  • Email Account Provided by School

Career & Employment Services

  • Career Counseling
  • Internship Placement
  • Career / Job Search Classes
  • Interest Inventory
  • On-Campus Job Interviews
  • Resume Assistance
  • Alumni Network
  • Interview Training

Counseling Services

  • Minority Student Counseling
  • Personal Counseling
  • Academic Counseling
  • Psychological Counseling

Physically Handicapped Services

  • Recording Devices
  • Tutors
  • Reader Services
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Braille Services

Other Services at Duke University

School Store / Bookstore

  • Health Services
  • Library on Campus
  • Placement Services
  • Women’s Center
  • Health Insurance

Famous Alumni

  • Melinda French Gates, co-founder, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Sean McManus, president, CBS News and Sports
  • Elizabeth Dole, United States Senator, Secretary of Transportation and Labor, president, American Red Cross.

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