Duke University Visit Report by K9Leader
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 Visit Notes for Duke University
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.