Duke University Visit Report by nmehta4

Visit to Duke University in August 2008 by nmehta4
(Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since October 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: No - Duke does not conduct Admission Interviews on Campus.

Information Session: Yes - The information session took place in the auditorium in the beautiful Admissions House. The Admissions Officer was warm and comforting. They showed a video and the session was very informational.

Campus Tour: Yes - The campus was of course beautiful. The students gave the tours and they knew their stuff very well. We only had the chance to see West Campus, however. They neglected to show us East and Central.

Classroom Visit: No - I will sit in on a class at Duke Blue Devil Days in April. I read the class schedule, so many options there.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Duke is known for its students. My tour guide, my friends that attend Duke, and other students I noticed were all friendly and open (except toward tarheels). I could not expect any less from them.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The admissions officers were uncharacteristic of most admissions officers at prestigious universities. They were not snobbish at all. One of the officers took the time to talk to me for a full hour!



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Oh wow. Where do I begin. Beautiful lawns, the chapel, Duke Gardens, and the general scene was beautiful. It created a calm and tranquil feeling, ideal for college students.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
From the buildings that I did visit, everything was top-notch and in order. The only thing I did notice were the dorms, which I will discuss below.



Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good
The dorms were so-so. Not terrible, but not great either. Going to Duke costs about 50k yet their dorms are really not great at all. Most of them have no air-condition.



Security/Safety:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
From my stand point, the safety of the campus was fine. I have heard conflicting beliefs, however. Durham really isn't that great of a town, but it is not as bad as everyone says it is.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
This really is where Duke shines. The beauty, the students, faculty all create what is known as Duke.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The area around the campus is lined with beauty. Entering the campus is a great feeling. Duke is really isolated from the city of Durham it seems.



City/Town/Community:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Durham is not the ideal college town. Crime is indeed a problem and the town is a bit rundown, but it is not too bad. There are several great restaurants surrounding the city.

Campus Visit Notes for Duke University


Visit Description:

Duke really is an interesting school. I think of it this way. Duke has the prestige of an ivy with its great academics. But, it is also known for one of the greatest social scenes in which students are truly engaged and not studying all of the time. The last factor is the Blue Devil Spirit, especially in reference to the basketball team. Duke overall has great athletics. Lacrosse and basketball stand out at Duke. When you put all these factors together, personally you get the best school. On my visit, I visualized myself as a student at Duke, and it just made me want to be a blue devil even more.

As far as the staff. Duke has always been my number one choice and so when I visited the admissions office I had so many questions and concerns. One of the Duke admission officers, took time out of her day to answer every one of my questions, she actually got to know me. The admissions office was closing, and yet she still stayed! I was shocked, for every other admissions office I have visited has had snobby people working there. She gave me her contact information and we called her for any questions we had afterward. This was really what made me want to go to Duke more than anything.

Seriously, my most interesting friends ended up at Duke, it just happened that way. Duke really attracts the most unique, talented, and multifaceted people and it shows.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

We stayed at the Quality Inn, which is not a really good hotel. The vending machine had a hole in the glass and all the snacks were gone the next day.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

We ate at On the Border which is close to Duke. Great food, great restaurants in the area, not a problem.

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

The parking was better at Duke than most campuses. There is simply much more space at Duke.