Duke University Visit Report by p_hp_fan
Admissions Interview: No - Already admitted. Didn't ever interview.
Information Session: Yes - All informative. Completely standard.
Campus Tour: Yes - Guide: dull. You could tell she loved Duke. Tour: short and covered just a tiny portion of West Campus. We had time to explore the rest of campus, though.
Classroom Visit: Yes - I went to Appearance and Reality. A TA was subbing for the professor so the students were discussing mostly. They were all brilliant and the class was extremely interesting. Philosophy.
Campus Visit Notes for Duke University
Overall, I loved my visit to Duke. I thought I wanted to go there before even seeing the campus, and I was hoping I wouldn't be let down. Now, I know it's the right place for me. If you're on the fence about Duke or have any interest at all, I would highly encourage you to visit the campus.
In addition, the Duke attraction to visitors reaches far beyond aesthetics. You feel the great sense of pride and enthusiasm of a proactive yet laid back and social student body. The thing that I found most unique about Duke was that it was the only school I have visited that seemed to take learning to another level by providing great opportunities for students to apply their world-class educations. They wanted you to not only receive information, but to contribute to and positively influence the Duke community and the world (DugeEngage!).
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
I would recommend the Millennium Hotel. It was nice, providing transportation to and from the airport for a charge and transportation to and from Duke for free. They gave me a discount for BDD.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
On Ninth Street: Elmo's, the Mongolian place up the street.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
I suppose you could check out The Nasher Museum in Central Campus. Also, don't miss Duke Gardens.