Duke University Visit Report by Amwidkle
Admissions Interview: No - No interviews are conducted on campus.
Information Session: Yes - Extremely informative - see Visit Description for details.
Campus Tour: Yes - Lively, social student guide - said "Hi" to at least 3 students throughout the tour. Answered truthfully and knowledgeably any questions that came up. Hit most of the campus without being to
Classroom Visit: Yes - Visited an Intro to Econ class in a lecture hall - prof was boring (was a review for midterms) and the ~150 students were busy talking to each other. Intro to Astronomy was ~35 students and engaging.
Campus Visit Notes for Duke University
Admissions officer was very knowledgeable, covering the new B&MG Foundation-sponsored ENGAGE scholars program (whereby Duke students are granted scholarships for any kind of service project anywhere in the world).
Notable statistics (i.e. the ones I remember as I type this):
Mid-50% range of ACT scores: 30-34
Average number of AP's from admitted students: roughly 6
Percentage of students that study abroad: 40%
Percentage of undergraduates from NC: 15%
The University Inn looked like a dive on the outside, but on the inside the rooms were quite spacious. However, this was more of a hotel that served the massive hospital complex. I recommend trying to find lodging on the south side of West Campus, which is closer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
The Sarah P. Duke Gardens are gorgeous! We visited around sunset and saw many runners, locals, and even a meditator taking advantage of the beautiful day. I'm only surprised we didn't see more people there!
But I couldn't find the famous Lemur Center.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
We stayed at The University Inn, which is just off-campus. However, we had to navigate through the hospital district to reach the info session on the other side of campus on time!
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Numerous cafes and coffee shops are dotted throughout campus - any of them would be just fine for a snack. Many eateries are off-campus just like at any other college town.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
Buses run regularly from the center of West Campus (where most buildings are) to East Campus (where all freshmen live). The tour guide said that bicycles aren't necessary and cars are just a hass