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4.7 of 5 stars (9 Ratings)

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Great Balance of Academics and Fun

5.0 of 5 stars

April 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Great sports and opportunities for internships and travel, paid for by the school.

Downers

Some students can be a bit intense. Many people will party until 2 in the morning, be in the library by 8 a.m. and start day drinking on the quad by 2 p.m.

Comments

Consider how comfortable you will be with the majority of your life on campus. Most students don't get very involved with and don't explore the community of Durham. There is not much to do outside of school work.

Would You Recommend

Yes

For Better Or For Worse

4.0 of 5 stars

January 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

You will be challenged here, academically and socially. For better or worse, the negatives of the school (importance of Greek life, effortless perfection, hook-up culture, etc.) will only make you a stronger person. On the academic side, upper level classes are small and discussion is encouraged. If you make the effort, you will get to know professors who are the leaders in their field of thought.

Downers

Durham is not quite a college city, but it is getting there. It can feel small sometimes, but upperclassmen usually manage to find time to explore, while freshman/sophomores are still entrenched in the university culture.

Comments

I recommend coming in with all the confidence you had in high school, developing some humility along the way, but never losing that confidence. Many students lose self-esteem being surrounded by individuals who are as good or better than they are, and it can take a real hit on self-confidence, especially as these students are coming out of high school as the best of the best.

Would You Recommend

Yes

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

common app plus supplemental essays; reg decision and ed

Level

1

Graduation Year

2013

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

flexible core classes/degree requirements. small classes. very accessible professors and independent research encouraged

Admissions

common application with unique application questions

Level

2

Graduation Year

2012

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

I am in the pratt school of engineering which has many requirements for our majors but reasonable class sizes.

Admissions

I applied early decision. The Ed rate is about 30% while regular is about 10%.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2013

4.8 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Pratt School of Engineering accepts all AP credit. Engineering curriculum doesn't compromise liberal arts opportunities.

Quality of Life

Quintessential college campus - everything you'll ever need is on campus. Can be a bit of a bubble. Going out into Durham/Chapel Hill for a break from campus life is really easy.

Admissions

Merit-based scholarships available... fairly unique to Duke among top-tier schools.

Different essay for Pratt vs. Trinity

Level

2

Graduation Year

2012

4.8 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

small class size, great professors, many research opportunities (even for freshmen), difficult classes but very engaging

Level

1

Graduation Year

2013

4.5 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

common app with supplement

Level

1

Graduation Year

2013

4.2 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Quality of Life

Campus is great, but Durham's a little unsafe at night. On campus housing for freshmen and sophomores, campus apartments for upperclassmen. Variety of dining places. Plenty of community volunteering opportunities. Overall, I'm very happy with Duke.

Admissions

Unique application questions, optional interview with alumni, early decision and regular decision, common application, financial aid.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2011

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