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Duke University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionA+
Academic SuccessA+ Creativity/ InnovationA+
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessA+
Campus MaintenanceA+ Social LifeA+
Surrounding CityD Extra CurricularsA+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Jan 14 2009
Major: Geography and Geosciences (This Major's Salary over time)
I know I used this site when I was deciding colleges, so I thought I'd weigh in here.

Duke was not my first choice. I applied on a whim because the common app supplement was short. However, after I got in to all my schools, I visited Duke first and then my first choice (Brown). The whole time I was at Brown, I was thinking about Duke. It was like having a crush on an entire school. The classes I sat in on were personal and thought-provoking. The campus was wide-open and green, with a forest in the middle of it. The students I met were the kind of people I'd always wanted to be friends with (and now that I'm here, I'm friends with them! Go figure), and the focus of the campus was on the cause I've taken to heart my entire life: the environment.

There's no hyper-competitiveness here, surprisingly. I hear all these stories from my friends at Harvard and Princeton about sabotage, etc., and I'm shocked. Even in competitive classes like chemistry and biology, we help each other out. Of course, Duke does provide incentive for this; our final math grades get better if everyone does well.

The town doesn't like us (remember the stripper who tried to sue the laxers a coupla years ago?), and there's not much to do. This is the only downside of the school. However, buses run to Chapel Hill every 30 minutes, and shows and performers just come straight to campus. We get tickets for $5 to everything, too, which is amazing. There are also loads of school-sponsored events and clubs, and a lot of restaurants on campus (like waaaaay a lot). About 20 off-campus restaurants will give you food for your dining plan points, which is very nice, especially when you're studying and want to order in.

This school is loaded, so we get a lot of free stuff. Free t-shirts, free pre-theater-release movies, grants to travel basically anywhere you want to go. There's also a campus on the beach for people interested in marine science or who just want to live on the beach. The foreign studies program can send you anywhere in the world. We have one of the highest percentages of internationals, too. All the classes are ridiculously multicultural.

Oh, and it's early January and the coldest it's gotten is 29. All you Southerners are shivering, but if you're planning to go Ivy, expect it to be a lot colder than that for a lot longer.

I really can't say enough good things about this school. Visit and you'll fall in love!

questionIs there anything really unique about Duke to write about in the supplement? It seems that Duke fosters a sense of community, but many colleges do that as well.
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