Duke University Visit Report by nmehta4
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 Visit Notes for Duke University
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.