Duke University Visit Report by LouCo12
Information Session: Yes
Campus Tour: Yes
Campus Visit Notes for Duke University
This was the last stop on a week long college trip with my mom, and I really didn't want to go see Duke. I was tired and overwhelmed and really wanted to go home, so going into the information session and tour I really wanted to hate the school so I could just go home and relax and show my mom how pointless this last stop was. Well, despite trying to find faults in every aspect of the school, I realized this was my favorite school I had seen all week. The campus is very large and open. The physical campus is a low stress environment with trees and space and grass. I had been to Harvard a few days earlier, and unlike the high stress of the busy area and tourism surrounding Harvard, Duke was much quieter and peaceful. It was summer, but for a school of 6,000 undergraduates, the campus was huge and spacious. Additionally, the architecture is beautiful and very antique looking, but the interior of all the buildings is nicely renovated and state of the art. For anyone who's visited USC, it reminds me a lot of USC in that sense. Lastly, I liked how the school didn't feel too stuffy like Harvard or too nerdy like MIT. It seemed like a great place for someone who is social and smart but not nerdy. By far, though, my favorite part of my visit was that parking at the admissions office was free. I think it so annoying when you go to visit a college and either can't find parking anywhere and almost miss the information session or have to pay 15$. A classy college has plenty of parking for perspective students and foots the cost.