Review of Duke University

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar By: Jennifer C., Alum Posted: September 25, 2010

My review

The Good:

I made the best friends of my life at Duke. Because students hail from across the country and the globe, you have the opportunity to meet an unbelievably diverse group of people. I arrived from a small city in Texas, and was promptly overwhelmed (and thrilled) by how different the environment was to what I knew. We worked hard in class and achieved good grades, but we had so much fun too!

The Bad:

The competitiveness, which I understand has gotten much worse since I graduated. Duke naturally attracts a high achieving crowd, and in some cases that gets the best of students. This makes for an intense environment, especially around exams. You'll hear conversations with students trying to top each other for how few hours they've slept, how long it's been since they've taken a break to shower, when they ate their last meal, etc.

Would I do it again?

Yes, It was the some of the best years of my life. I learned in the classroom, but learned so much more out of it. I cheered on our basketball team with the dedication only a Cameron Crazy knows! I tried new foods, heard new music, saw new plays and learned new customs from my diverse group of friends. I led student tours and loved passing on my passion for the school to prospective students. I cried like a baby when I graduated. It couldn't have been much better!

About this school

Biggest influence when choosing this school Reputation

The financial aid process was a hassle, but I eventually received the aid I needed.

Professors are generally Challenging

The night life is Memorable

Every student at this school needs A fan. First few weeks of school are brutal.

Most students spend their Saturday nights Parties on campus.

About the reviewer

Went to Vanguard High School

Favorite activity is Basketball games!

Another awesome thing is Great campus card system for meals, entrance to buildings, etc. Beautiful campus. Most students stay on campus, so it's intimate.

Study Hard? Pray? Donate Money? Work hard in high school. Get exceptional grades.

Preparation for the workforce

Time needed to find a job post-graduation 1-6 months

  • Helpful 5
  • Not My Experience 0

The Breakdown:



Campus Facilities




Student Life


Surrounding Area


Worth the Money

More About the College