Duke University Visit Report by slik nik
Admissions Interview: No - A Duke alumni in my area interviewed me back in December.
Information Session: Yes - I attended Blue Devil Days (program for admitted students)... there were many presentations on academics, housing, Duke ENGAGE, Duke Focus, and career services/advising.
Campus Tour: Yes - Had a formal tour of the freshman East Campus and a self-guided tour of West Campus.
Overnight Visit: Yes
Classroom Visit: Yes
Campus Visit Notes for Duke University
After being admitted to Duke, I attended Blue Devil Days. There was so much spirit and pride on campus. The Duke students I encountered were nice and friendly, but there were also quite a few jerks at Duke as well that did not help improve the Duke stereotypes. Sure, all top 30 schools have their share of jerks, but I felt Duke had more jerks than the typical elite school (trust me, I visited a lot of schools!).
I also sat in on a sustainable agriculture class, and the professor teaching it was so nice and welcoming. All the faculty and admissions staff I encountered were nicer than expected as well.
The visit almost persuaded me to attend. However, the cost was too much, so I am attending Rice instead (which is a better fit for me anyway). Neverthless, after the spirit I witnessed on campus, I will always be a Blue Devil Fan. Go DUKE!