Duke University Visit Report by p_hp_fan

Visit to Duke University in April 2008 by p_hp_fan
(Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since October 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


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:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
For the mast part, they were great. I met a transfer student from Harvard who told me all about how Duke was so much better than everywhere else.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
I had little contact with staff, but they all seemed friendly and willing to talk with people and help out as much as possible.



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
East: very nice. West: The most beautiful place I have ever seen. It was amazing. Surreal. Chapel Drive. Duke Gardens. Wow.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Everything seemed quite clean and well maintained inside and out.



Dormitories:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
They looked like...gasp...college dorms. They were plain and standard. Although, my tour guide said there were big, flat screen TV's in some. Also, quite a few w/o internet and/or AC.



Security/Safety:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Yellow pole things spread throughout campus. The areas immediately off both campuses, though, were kind of shady and not too great. I would have a mild safety concern alone at night. Not too bad.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The campus was absolutely stunning. I can definitely see myself living here for four years. The security concerns were minor and easily avoidable with a little common sense.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
3 - Good
3 - Good
It really wasn't that great and some parts didn't appear to be safe. Why I gave a 3 instead of a 2 is that there are some nice places to eat and Brightleaf Square right off East, which is n



City/Town/Community:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
I didn't see much of the city. It looked...not so great. Although Duke is in the midst of Durham, it feels quite isolated. I felt a great sense of atmosphere on campus, despite the surrounding

Campus Visit Notes for Duke University


Visit Description:

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.):

Local attractions...lol.

I suppose you could check out The Nasher Museum in Central Campus. Also, don't miss Duke Gardens.