Duke University Visit Report by wannabazn88

Visit to Duke University in October 2020 by wannabazn88
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(Member since October 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: No - I had already been accepted

Information Session: Yes - Very interesting and informative...how one should be I guess

Campus Tour: Yes - There is one available, but I didn't go on it, I decided to venture the campus myself

Classroom Visit: Yes - We went to see what a classroom looks like, but a class was not being taught at the time


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Most of the students were extremely helpful, even helping me make my way around campus. I talked to students everywhere, and they all loved the school and answered all of my questions



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I actually got to speak with the president, and some of the admissions staff. They were all extremely helpful and sincere. The financial aid people were also very helpful.



Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
West Campus was absolutely amazing, the chapel was gorgeous, and the buildings were so...pretty. East Campus is also nice, but could use some work.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Everything on campus seemed clean, and most of the facilities were brand new. I especially loved the Fitzpatrick center for engineering



Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good
The dorms are okay...they all seemed to have their tradeoffs. You either get a big room with no ac, or a prison cell-sized room with ac.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I was never scared for one second. The campus just gives off a very secure feeling



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
What can I say, I fell in love with the school


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
3 - Good
3 - Good
The area Immediately off campus is decent...there is ninth street...and that's about it



City/Town/Community:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
Durham isn't the best college town, but it could be worse. From what I heard, if you want to go off campus, most students go to Chapel Hill.

Campus Visit Notes for Duke University


Visit Description:

I applied to Duke on a whim, just to see if I could get in. Once I did, I figured I might as well check it out, and when I took my first step on campus, I just felt right at home. The whole campus is very welcoming, and extremly beautiful. I was just in awe that such a place existed. The students were so nice, and willing to talk about everything. I had lunch with some engineering students that were extremly honest about the pros/cons about Duke, and I even talked to some freshman about what they enjoyed about frosh life on the bus to east campus. I had heard some bad things about Duke students, but everyone I met was so helpful, I knew that the stereotypes were very false.

I also want to mention that if you decide to visit the campus, you must check out the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the whole place is incredible

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

I stayed at the Millenium Hotel, which have decent rooms for a decent price. The hotel staff is very unhelpful, but that was my only complaint. They also offer a free shuttle to Duke, which is nice.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

There are so many great places to eat. First there is ninth street, which has just about everything. There is also Brightleaf Square, which is great, and Fishmonger's, which has amazing seafood

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

If you are into shopping, you should check out the streets at southpointe. It's about 9 miles from the Duke campus, and is probably the nicest mall I had ever been to.