Duke University

Durham, NC

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Duke University

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 6 Review

Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Duke University

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Detailed Ratings

Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Most Enjoyed: The vast range of opportunities available. If you want it, there's a facility at Duke able to satisfy you. From the Duke motor sports facility, Pratt engineering, the Nasher Art Museum, the professional athletic centers on East and West campus, the plethora of academic interests for Trinity students, the prestigious Fuqua school... Audit classes at any time, meet professors that are experts in their fields and willing to mentor you. Tips: Take a weekend or two to simply become aware of everything available. Wander across campus, talk to upperclassmen, venture into Durham with the free bus passes handed out in the first few weeks of school. Meet the diverse personalities all over campus.

Academics

The first classes taken towards your major, the weed out courses, are always difficult. Subsequent classes tend to be more manageable, interesting, and more practical than the typical theoretical foundations of most educational programs. Most classes tend to give a fair amount of work relative to the breadth of the area, and the professors work to make every class engaging. There are very few large classes, other than the first weed out lectures that you'll meet regardless of your discipline.

College Life

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

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Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Duke has a small community and a beautiful campus, in a state with great weather. When I was there it was a happy place to be -- and I believe most of my fellow students would agree. The professors, for the most part, are interesting and interested. The course offerings are diverse and interesting. And the competitive nature of the students creates an environment where high achievement is the "peer pressure." Students definitely know (or, at least, knew) how to have a good time, too. But it wasn't considered cool to be a slacker student. My friends from Duke are still some of my best friends, and my memories from Duke are among my happiest.

Academics

Most classes (except for surveys) are small. The professors, for the most part, cared a great deal for their students. There is a great emphasis on liberal arts, yet the science and engineering are also extremely strong. All in all, the school is extremely well-rounded, academically, and delivers an exceptional education.

College Life

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.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1991

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Duke was an amazing experience. The friends I made at duke remain my family. It was place where i was able to grow and learn in an amazing atmosphere The quality of the overall experience is unparalleled There is a fraternity among all graduates, a bond of pride in our university

Academics

The academics at Duke were great. There was a good balance between The lecture hall and small class experience. Also professors were flexible; I was able To attend small lectures, bypassing "required" classes This allowed me to participate in classes in Which I was extremely interested .

College Life

Duke was a FUN school. Although campus social life did revolve around the greek system, it was rather inclusive The sororities did not have housing, which made the system enjoyable. There were plenty of concerts sporting events which were all inclusive and which increased the feelings of student unity


Parent of Student

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Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

The university has a wonderful reputation, a beautiful campus and many great classes and other activities. However, a student must be prepared, as at most schools, probably, to be very strong and prepared on their own for personal and academic behavior because there isn't the support system to help the kids that I, as a parent, would have liked - and I believe very strongly in personal independence and responsibility, so I was NOT looking for someone to hold my son's hand! We were very disappointed in the career placement - it seems that they only help the kids that graduate at the top.

Academics

Again - academics have a great reputation. Our frustration and disappointment lay in the advisers and the professors (or teachers) that did not seem willing or able to help a kid that had a problem. I was told that "your son can get a mediocre education somewhere else that costs a lot less money." And he was discouraged when he asked for help from a prof.

College Life

As far as I know, these were good. I was very pleased that when our son pledged a fraternity, he was able to "dry pledge" without ridicule, so he did not have to drink alcohol. The dorm was definitely so noisy that studying in your room was a problem, but that is probably typical with so many kids - my own campus experience was long ago and I lived off campus, so I do not have the best frame of reference.


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

The Bell Tower Dorms are the BEST!!! I love the Gothic Architecture and the Duke Gardens, they give it te picturesque and college feel to the university. EVERYTHING IS AWESOME ABOUT THIS SCHOOL !!!!!!!

Academics

I didnt take classes, I am prospective student.However, I did take a class of Introduction to Psychology, excellent teacher, and the workload is as tough as any other top tier school. But Duke is awesome !!!!!

College Life

There is something to do every night, from going to shooters, frat parties, or just merely hanging out with friends in the dorms. GO BLUE DEVILS! who wouldnt want to go to the school with the best besketball team ever !


Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

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