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Duke University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC+ Faculty AccessibilityC
Useful SchoolworkB- Excess CompetitionF
Academic SuccessF Creativity/ InnovationF
Individual ValueD University Resource UseD
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessC+
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeF
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsD-
Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Unhelpful, Self Absorbed

Lowest Rating
Excess Competition
Highest Rating
Campus Aesthetics/ Beauty
He cares more about Academic Success than the average student.
Date: Jan 15 2008
Major: Engineering Department (This Major's Salary over time)
I would call Duke University the biggest disappointment of my life. Before I attended college all I heard were stories about how amazing college is, how everyone makes life long friends, and how you will be exposed to new ideas. Unfortunately none of these things occur at Duke University. During orientation every freshman is full of enthusiasm, but that only last for about half of the first semester. Soon everyone quits everything they wanted to do so that they can get into a wall street i-bank/med school/Harvard law school/fill in the bank. Almost no one comes to this school to enjoy their youth and try new things. Instead everyone uses this school as a launching pad to whatever else they want to do in life, and the students will do whatever it takes to get there. The kids in high school who would enjoy Duke are the ones who are two-faced friends who brownnose the teacher and say whatever it takes to get an "A."

The faculty are slightly better but still nothing to be impressed with. They teach because they have to. The better faculty tend to teach higher in your major but they are only better because they bother to at least learn your name. Overall, Duke just skates by on its reputation. The education is lackluster, you might as well go to a state school unless you want to be able to put Duke on your resume. After spending time with friends at less prestigious colleges I found I was no more educated than they were. I also found this to be true when I spent a semester studying abroad.

In summary don't go to this school unless your a back stabbing friend who is desperate to say they went to a prestigious school.

commentYou can't even use the right form of "you're." Perhaps Duke isn't such a fantastic school—or else you missed the part where YOU are responsible for your own education, and you get out of a school what you put into it. This is true everywhere.
commentEveryone uses this school as a launching pad to whatever else they want to do in life?

Imagine that. I am shcoked, I say.

I would suggest you take a hard look at yourself and your participation in your own education. Exposure to new ideas starts with being open to the opportunity…
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