Duke University Visit Report by blackeyedsusan
Information Session: Yes - The info session was informative and the admissions officer tried to stress what made Duke unique, but it sounded very similar to the talks at many other schools.
Campus Tour: Yes - There are no reservations for the tour/info session, so they weren't prepared for the large crowd that showed up -- only 4 tour guides. Ours didn't seem to stray from the script.
Campus Visit Notes for Duke University
The campus is huge and stunning with pine forests, gardens and gothic architecture. The academics are top-notch and there amazing opportunities for students (research, internship, etc.) Unfortunately, it didn't seem very welcoming, and the students didn't seem very friendly. The city of Durham is a down-side as well.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
Homewood Suites near Research Triangle was a good option if you have a car, although not that close to campus. They have suite-like rooms with a min-kitchen, free hot breakfasts and a happy hour.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Bullock's Bar B Cue -- a staple of Durham since the 1950's for southern food (fried chicken, brunswick stew, pies, etc.)