Duke University Visit Report by K9Leader

Visit to Duke University in March 2008 by K9Leader
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2009)
(Member since October 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - Video followed by presentation by admissions official.

Campus Tour: Yes - Have learned after going through this with son 3 years ago and now several tours with daughter to always go with the tour guide with the loudest voice.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Really only interacted with our tour guide and being friendly and helpful is part of the job and why they were selected for the job.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
Said all the right things but got an undertone of smugness and condescension. See note below.



Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Yes, it is an attractive campus. However, only got to tour West Campus. Drove over after tour to East campus and did not like how isolated it feels or the area between the two campuses.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good




Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Did not get to go into a dormitory. Look okay from outside.



Security/Safety:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Have concerns about the area between East and West campuses -- would not want my child walking it alone at any time of day and never at night even with a large group.



Overall Campus Impression:
1 - Poor
1 - Poor
The "Duke Attitude" as I later learned from relatives who live in Raleigh. See comments below.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Seemed okay except for area between East and West campuses.



City/Town/Community:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Didn't really see it. We got there in time for the tour but had to leave right after to make it to our next stop. Also, daughter was very turned off by "the Attitude" so didn't n

Campus Visit Notes for Duke University


Visit Description:

We (daughter, wife, and I) got a negative vibe, particularly from the admissions guy who did the info session. There was an arrogance and a smugness in everything they said and did, sort of a "this is Duke and maybe we will do you a favor by letting you come here." We also got tired of hearing over and over and over about the basketball team (which had just been eliminated from the NCAA tournament two days earlier).

We toured 13-14 schools with my son and have now done 7-8 with my daughter and never got quite this level of attitude from any other school, and that included Princeton, Penn, Yale, Stanford, and William & Mary. That night, visiting with my wife's aunt and cousins (who all went to college in California before moving to NC so have no allegiance to Duke's in-state rivals/bias against Duke) they nodded knowingly as we described our take on Duke and said, "Ah, yes, the Duke attitude."

Suffice it to say, Duke is off my daughter's list.