Duke University Visit Report by slik nik

Visit to Duke University in April 2009 by slik nik
(Student, HS Class of 2009)
(Member since October 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


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:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
3 - Good
3 - Good
For the most part, Duke students and the other prefrosh students were nice. However, there were quite a few stereotypical "frat boy" types who were jerks... more than I expected.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Very friendly staff... put on a big show for us :) Very welcoming and helpful... definitely epitomized Southern hospitality.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
GORGEOUS campus... felt like I was at an Ivy League school with all the Gothic architecture on West Campus.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
There was a lot of litter and garbage outside the dorm areas... this is probably to be expected because I was there on the weekend when a lot of partying goes on.



Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Most of the dorms are old and without air-conditioning. The new ones are nice but are more expensive.



Security/Safety:
3 - Good
3 - Good
I felt the campus could be more secure... the area surrounding Duke is not a very safe area.



Overall Campus Impression:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
There was so much spirit and pride at Duke... it was contagious. The spirit at Duke and the friendliness of the professors and most of the students almost convinced me to attend.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
The Duke student who was my host said the area right around Duke's campus is not the best area. If you walk a few blocks down, you are pretty much in the ghetto.



City/Town/Community:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
I feel that Duke enriches Durham instead of Durham enriching Duke. There is not much to do in the Durham area. Chapel Hill and Raleigh appear to offer more social options than Durham.

Campus Visit Notes for Duke University


Visit Description:

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!