Duke University Visit Report by we're_going_down_swinging

Visit to Duke University in October 2006 by we're_going_down_swinging
(Student, HS Class of 2006)
(Member since October 27 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: No - Not yet, but alumni interviews are available locally after you apply.

Information Session: Yes - It was packed when I went in April (over spring break). The admissions officer was friendly and informative, but not very candid. She acted more like a PR person for the school.

Campus Tour: Yes - I took the tour in April (during my first visit). It was led by a freshman who wasn't super enthusiastic, but he was all right. The tour didn't cover East, though, which pfrosh should defini

Classroom Visit: Yes - I was in a writing seminar with ten freshmen. The professor was friendly and kept the class engaged. The students were insightful and interesting, but nobody was pompous or in-your-face intelligent.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Everyone was like, "Come to Duke!" I talked mostly with freshmen, who all gushed about how much fun the school was. Many asked my host how they could get a p-frosh to host overnight, as well



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I only spoke with one teacher (briefly), but she was nice enough, so I'll just give Duke a 5 in this area.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
WOW, by far the most beautiful campus I have ever seen- like Princeotn, but better. When I first came to visit, Duke wasn't my first choice. Seeing the gorgeous campus quickly piqued my interest.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Duke is already great, and it's always striving to imrprove. I saw some construction, and I visited some of the newer buildings (like Bostock.) Generally, the buildings were well-maintained.



Dormitories:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Jarvis (my host's dorm): OK- kind of small rooms, though Bell Tower: hotel-like, it even had a relaxation room Randolph: newer than Jarvis, also nice Epworth: older, bigger rooms than Jarvis



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
At night, the campus was very-well lighted. It's hardly deserted at night- my host and I got back to her dorm at around 1:30 a.m., and there were still many people on the bus back to East.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Like I said, earlier this year, Duke was not my first choice. I kind of put it on my list on a whim. Two visits and half a year later, I've applied to Duke ED. I love, love, LOVE this school!


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
Ehh, Durham wasn't like, a ghetto, but it wasn't pretty or anything. It was kind of just...there. I only saw it in the taxi to and from the airport.



City/Town/Community:
3 - Good
3 - Good
I didn't get to talk to any people in Durham (besides the students), so I just gave this an average rating.

Campus Visit Notes for Duke University


Visit Description:

Duke is an amazing school with a strong woir hard. play hard attitude. I got to the school at about 3 p.m. for my overnight. Most students were in their dorms (studying?). My host took me around to see her friends' dorms in other buildings on East. She asked basically every person if they were going out that night (it was Thursday of finals week- some people were done, others still had tests to take). While most people were, some were like, "i really want to, but I have a final tomorrow." Students at Duke know how to have fun, but they also realize that they're at a $40,000+/year school to get an amazing education.
Socially, frats were pretty dominant. My host and I hit up a few parties. It seemed like there were three kinds of people at Duke- people who don't drink, nerds who were drinking awkwardly (they clearly did not drnk/party at all in high school), and (the most prevalent group) people who were well-liked in high school, but didn't drink/party as much as they do in college.
The students were nice, but some gave off an air of affluence. I only saw one person (in the writing class) who was obnoxious about it, though. Most were like my host, who was well-off and mentioned off-handedly that her best friend's parents own New Balance, but was extremely down-to-earth. In general, the girls were pretty (in a "I take good care of myself" way, not a bohemian, natural beauty way.) The guys were all right- there were some extremely good-looking ones, some really hideous ones (sorry!), and many in-between.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

My family stayed in the Hilton during my first visit, which was nice enough.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Prospective freshmen should eat at the Marketplace (where all the freshmen eat on East.)It's a great opportunity to talk to students, and you can sample what you'll be eating if you get in!

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

I used a taxi to get between the school and the airport- it was about $40 each way.