Duke University Visit Report by chintzy

Visit to Duke University in February 2008 by chintzy
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2009)
(Member since October 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - The admissions officer was charming and high energy.

Campus Tour: Yes - Our guide, a sophomore girl, was very funny and knowledgeable. She didn't take us inside any buildings, except the book store.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Everyone we talked to was friendly and helpful.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The admissions office staff is very helpful, offering pamphlets, maps, directions to eating spots, etc.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Beautiful gothic buildings. Very clean.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
We only saw admissions office and student union. Tour did not go inside any buildings.



Dormitories:
We weren't allowed inside a dorm for reasons of security.



Security/Safety:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Blue emergency lights, shuttle buses, emergency lockdown plan.



Overall Campus Impression:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Freshman are all housed on East Campus, about a mile away from the main campus. Shuttles run frequently


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Immediately around campus is very typical college town.



City/Town/Community:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
Farther out things get a little industrial/dumpy.

Campus Visit Notes for Duke University


Visit Description:

The admissions officer who gave the group presentation was terrific, but she said something that really stuck with us: "I'm sure you're all really talented, bright students, but most of you won't get into Duke, so don't cry about it. You'll find the school that's right for you and have a great experience." It's great advice, but most admissions officers are busy selling you on their school. She seemed to feel Duke didn't need to do that.