College Sophomore 2013-08-24T20:01:56Z
Not much snow, and a light-moderate amount of rain. Duke does have all four seasons, but in general the weather is mild enough to not be a bother.
College Sophomore 2013-08-24T20:00:50Z
Parking is generally worry-free for freshman undergraduates, and decent for non-freshman undergrads. For special events, however, parking tends to be limited - for instance, students can't park in their usual spots during events such as basketball games.
College Sophomore 2013-08-24T19:57:57Z
Greek life almost dominates the social scene too much. The parties tend to be fairly wild, but sometimes more interesting events are hosted (more often by selective living groups, however).
College Junior 2013-08-11T15:56:20Z
Off-campus dining at Duke is great! There are a wide variety of dining options on Ninth street two blocks away from the freshmen campus, in Brightleaf downtown, and in the Tobacco warehouse district downtown as well. And if you have the transportation, you can also enjoy all of the restaurants in the Chapel Hill area especially along Franklin street. Just in the triangle area, you can explore a world of culinary tastes, from Italian to Ethiopian to Peruvian. There are also a number of chains located close to the main campus.
College Junior 2013-08-11T15:50:03Z
The parking is plentiful, and reasonably priced, but because there are three different campuses, there are three different stickers, and you can only park on your campus during weekdays.
College Junior 2013-07-13T15:45:11Z
Usually bright and sunny. The gorgeous weather ensures that students are often in an optimistic and upbeat frame of mind.
College Junior 2013-07-13T15:43:14Z
Drugs are present on campus, but they are not an integral part of campus life by any means. I have yet to experience an iota of peer pressure on Duke's campus.
College Junior 2013-07-13T15:41:15Z
I have incredible access to my professors, the majority of whom are world renowned experts in their field of study.
College Junior 2013-07-13T15:38:15Z
The housing off campus is safe and comfortable. Duke provides transportation for students who live near campus.
College Sophomore 2013-07-12T23:04:31Z
It is actually cheaper to have a brand new studio or 1 bedroom apartment off campus than it is to have a single or double dorm room with AC. However, Duke makes you live on campus for 3 years, so you're stuck.
College Sophomore 2013-07-12T22:53:54Z
The computer labs at Duke are pretty nice: mostly new computers, big screens, not crowded... However most people don't use them unless it's for a class because it's more convenient to use your own laptop. For printing, we have eprint, which is broken half of the time. There is usually one eprint station per dorm/building.
College Sophomore 2013-07-12T22:47:32Z
Durham is not really a college town. You would need a car to get anywhere interesting (for example, Southpoint mall is a 20 minute drive). That being said, there are some great restaurants nearby. Most students learn to adapt to this and center their lives around the campus
College Sophomore 2013-07-12T22:36:42Z
Duke's social life is very much campus-based. Students in SLGs and Greek life will have no problem finding parties. If you are an independent, as long as you know people it isn't hard to find something to do. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the most popular nights to go out. Of course, there is Shooters, which is where people will end up at the end of the night. But other than Frat parties, the occasional SLG parties, and Shooters, there is not much to do. Most people are happy with this, but compared to other colleges, the bar and club scene is severely lacking.
College Senior 2013-07-03T20:34:54Z
Duke students live for basketball season. Cameron Crazies live in a tent for weeks in Krzyzewskiville for a spot at the Duke-UNC game. This tradition brings the school together, and supports the basketball team that Duke Students take so much pride in.
College Junior 2013-07-01T20:51:09Z
Duke isn't pretty strict if you are partying on campus. Most cops are hired to patrol parties to make sure that they do not get out of control. However the ALE is VERY strict if you are caught drinking off of Duke campus.
College Junior 2013-07-01T20:49:58Z
There are computer labs in every dorm and there are plenty of computers provided at all the campus libraries. Because there are so many accessible computers, if yours happens to break you usually will not find yourself running around looking for one.
College Junior 2013-07-01T20:45:22Z
Public Transportation is very good around Durham and on Duke Campus. Duke buses on different schedules but they usually stop running around 2am-4am throughout the week and weekends. Durham buses run on a strict schedule, which makes it easy to plan.
College Junior 2013-07-01T20:40:23Z
Durham has plenty to offer in the arts, dining, festivities and shopping. Durham is home to Duke University and the Durham Bulls. Duke is not the biggest party school or the craziest party town, but our neighboring schools provide the night life and it gives Duke students the benefit of being away from the hussle and bussle of being built into a city.
College Senior 2013-06-28T00:16:04Z
Besides the rain lately, the weather is absolutely beautiful here. Even with the rain, the trees are so green it is amazing. Plus rain or shine, the Duke Gardens are always stunning.
College Senior 2013-06-28T00:09:39Z
I have not explored the vast array of off-campus dinning that is available, but the few places I have been to are wonderful. Cost; you can find a place to get good food on any budget. The diversity of food is endless. Basically, the options are plentiful and delicious. I recommend Tobacco Road because I love their mac n cheese and you can watch any sport you want. I also recommend Parker and Otis for brunch because its a cute shop with low cost, very good food.
College Senior 2013-06-28T00:06:04Z
Basketball goes without saying, it's the best in the country. Simply the atmosphere in Cameron Indoor is an experience like no other. Although basketball is a large source of excitement around Duke campus, they do a good job of promoting and supporting the other sports as well. There is room to improve on making the atmosphere at football games closer to that of the basketball arena, but this past year they did a pretty spectacular job with improving the intro video, fan involvement, half time shows, and use of fireworks etc. Additionally, other sports have excelled and won many championships, which Duke does a good job recognizing their successes and hard work.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-24T16:21:44Z
Wonderful. I was an Evolutionary Anthropology major (a lot of anatomy courses) and loved it. The major was smaller and so courses allowed me to interact closely with professors and other students.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-24T16:18:49Z
Health & Safety:
As a petite woman, safety is a huge concern of mine. I never once felt unsafe at Duke. Security officers were great and the students have a strong community feel to look out for one another.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-24T16:17:40Z
Obviously the drug scene will depend on your social circle. Drinking was the most prevalent activity.
Recent Alumnus 2013-06-24T16:16:30Z
Once you make it to the small group courses the experience is wonderful. The TAs are phenomenal and always willing to work with you & the professors clearly love the material they are teaching.
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