Duke University Reviews

  • 154 Reviews
  • Durham (NC)
  • Annual Tuition: $62,688
95% of 154 students said this degree improved their career prospects
97% of 154 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 8/30/2023
  • Degree: Counseling Psychology
"I love my professors and friends at Duke. The campus is beautiful and they have so many extracurricular opportunities. Everything went well academically for me but the university’s culture is intense and their counseling center sucks. I tried getting help for my depression last year and was paired with an intern that had no idea what she was doing. She spent the entire sessions talking about her and then proceeded to live in the middle of the Spring semester. I tried to get paired with someone else and even requested a real psychologist but was told to wait until she came back. When she did she took forever to reschedule and again spent most of the session talking about her personal life and using her surgery for metaphors on how I should be resilient. It was uncomfortable and I even mentioned I had safety concerns and she dismissed them. I had to leave the school this year to take care of my mental health but I really wish I could have done this at Duke and not be away from my friends."
Erin Jones
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2020
  • Degree: RN to MSN
"Duke has been a great disappointment. The program is wholly unorganized. Clinical rotations are NOT guaranteed as they advertise, and the online course structure is a mess. Overall, the program needs an overhaul, communication is clearly lacking among many departments. If I could choose differently all over again, I would."
Keizra Mecklai
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"I really enjoyed my time at Duke. It feels like Duke is constantly trying hard to provide a unique set of experiences and opportunities for students. I participated in a number of 'Signature Duke' programs like the FOCUS program for first-years, Duke Engage (a funded internship somewhere around the world), and more - and these really made the school feel unique. Duke also is constantly trying to improve. In the time I was there and during the three years after, Duke has built new dining halls, new dorms, a new student health center, and more. I loved my time and would recommend other students consider applying!"
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2019
  • Degree: Computer Engineering
"I attended Duke as a master's student in the ECE department for one semester before transferring to another school. I liked many aspects of the school while I was there and also did well academically, but I ultimately decided to pursue a career path that is completely different from the ones for which Duke prepares its students. Duke's ECE program at the graduate level is very strong in software/machine learning/signal processing and regularly had representatives from the top software companies (Google, Amazon, Facebook, etc.) coming to recruit students, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to people who are either interested in those areas or want to be employed as software engineers at one of those companies. The opportunities for students interested in hardware were somewhat more limited in comparison, but I knew of a couple of graduates who went on to work for places such as Intel. In the end, my reason for transferring came down to finding out that I wanted to work in the building and construction industry as an electrical/power engineer, and I decided to attend a program at a different school that would help me in reaching that goal. Nonetheless, I do not regret the time I spent at Duke, and I learned many valuable things in my classes there that I know will continue to serve me well in my professional career. I believe it is an excellent fit for a large majority of ECE students, but it just happened not to be the right fit in my individual case through no fault of its own."
Sarah Butler
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2018
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"Why should you enroll in the Duke Physician Assistant program? Because Duke is a well-known, respected school, known for its basketball program as well as its world-renowned medical research, and it is located in the foodie mecca of North Carolina. When people hear the name Duke University, they think of the "Ivy League School of the South," and the name demands respect; but if you meet any of the faculty here, you will see that they are all very down to earth and personable. Duke is also famous for its basketball team, and going to games and participating in the Duke-UNC rivalry is great fun. Last but certainly not least, if you are a "foodie," Durham (where the university is located) has some of the highest rated restaurants in the state. You will not be disappointed!"
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Engineering
"The Master of Engineering (MEng) program with in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University is great for students with an engineering background looking to further explore the business side of high tech companies. The program prepares students for the transition from an engineering role to a management role and gives students the opportunity to develop the skills needed to successfully lead project teams. The career services resources available to students in the MEng program are awesome! Before arriving to campus for orientation, students are given the opportunity to begin building relationships with the career services counselors and invited to participate in virtual workshops to prepare them for career fairs and individual job searches. The program also requires that all students participate in an industry internship which is a great way for students to gain experience in a field they think they may be interested in. The MEng program career services staff works tirelessly to guide students as they search for internships and full-time jobs. The Biomedical Engineering (BME) department at Duke is equally as great as the MEng program. BME students are able to select one of several concentrations to focus their studies on during their time at Duke. BME students can choose to participate in a number of design courses which allows them to apply their classroom knowledge to real life situations. The professors are helpful and the classes offered cover a wide range of topics. The tuition cost for Duke MEng students is hefty but when thought of as an 18 month investment in yourself, the price seems reasonable for the way the program prepares students looking to launch their careers."
Kristin Caynor
  • Reviewed: 12/23/2017
  • Degree: Divinity
"The Duke University Divinity School is a great place to encounter diverse kinds of theology and biblical exegesis, grounded in confessional Christianity. Right now, I would rate their strongest area to be biblical studies. The Divinity School has excellent faculty in both Old and New Testament studies, and students have the opportunity to study with scholars in the university's Religions Department as well. Students can ground their studies in Christian perspectives of various kinds, and also gain exposure to Jewish and Islamic scholarship in Bible and religion. This is particularly valuable for those with a strong interest in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. The lower ratings on earning potential, career, and finances have more to do with the current job market for Bible and Theology graduates, and increasing costs of higher education everywhere than with Duke Divinity in particular."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Business
"It was an amazing experience in which I received a worldclass education. I had the most knowledgeable and skillful professors"
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"College is a wonderful way to discover yourself in addition to learning about knowledge and how to live independently"
Jacqueline Hope Derby
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2017
  • Degree: Ministry
"Duke is a wonderful school to take both the rigors of intellectual inquiry seriously and to take the Cannon seriously as well--even as it can be problematic. The culture of the school can be more challenging for non-Methodist or non-Baptist students, but I still felt well supported and encouraged."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Business
"I enjoyed my experience; however, I would not make the same choice a second time. I'm an alumnus with a non-traditional path to business school. I received my MBA 10 years ago and I have yet to regain the success I had earned prior to school, plus I now have > $70,000 in loans that I'm still chipping away at. I think many of my peers have had better experiences; just consider me your cautionary tale."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Engineering
"It was awesome! Not only do you get a great education, there are plenty of social events to attend as well."
Maya B.
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
"It's a great university, Master's programs are exspensive and it can be hard to find scholarships or funding"
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Computer Science
"duke is good school, pretty campus, nice staff and professors"
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Business
"College gives you the opportunity to transition into adulthood, make the best friends and learn how to think."
Toyokazu Endo
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"Duke University is one of the best places to get a solid education. The admissions committee does a great job recruiting the best and the brightest from all corners of the world. I have never been more challenged, but at the same time encouraged by the ambitions of my peers. Just by interacting with your peers, it broadens your world view. You will make life long friends at Duke and it is something that I cherish everyday. As a premed biology student I was amazed at how well the school prepared me to get into medical school. The classes are all taught by world class researchers who are experts in their respective subjects. The classes are relatively small so all the instructors were readily available during and after class. In addition, the school offers countless opportunities for students to be engaged in world class, cutting edge research. It is also nice to know that you can get college credits by engaging in these research. If you want to be involved in research that has the potential to change how we see the world, Duke is the place to be. As a premed, there were countless of opportunities for me to solidify my application. Though the medical school advisers were not all that informative, my peers and upperclassmen helped me through the process tremendously. Duke is a great place to prepare yourself, both academically and mentally, to be a competitive medical school applicant. Most people assume that premeds are cut throat at Duke, but I never had an issue. Everybody is very supportive of each other and I can not be more happy that I went to Duke to receive my undergraduate education."
Taylor S
  • Reviewed: 3/15/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"Duke is a wonderful academic institution, and fully prepared me for my current transition into business school. The academics are rigorous, and offer ample opportunity to explore a wide variety of topics and disciplines. Students are friendly, social, and always willing to join a study group. The Duke network has been phenomenal post-graduation, and has assisted me in finding employment."
  • Reviewed: 2/27/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"Duke was a wonderful place for my undergraduate. The opportunities offered have guided me to my decision to pursue medicine. I am thankful for the rigor of its academics and for its ability to expand my mind and further my personal growth. Duke challenged me academically and provided ample opportunity for me to explore my interests."
Humanities Kid
  • Reviewed: 2/24/2017
  • Degree: Philosophy
"Duke's interdisciplinary institutes (Nicholas School for the Environment, Kenan Institute for Ethics, etc.) make it stand out from similar institutions. These institutes and the associated programs (i.e. FOCUS) help provide a quintessential liberal arts experience - one that's based in asking questions, exploration, and critical thinking/writing. As I'm sure is the case with most schools, the humanities often feel like they're playing second fiddle to the science and engineering programs. But the school has not compromised on top-notch faculty who are always advocating for their programs. Particularly in the humanities, class sizes are small, and there is a very high likelihood that courses will be taught be professors. None of my humanities courses were ever taught by TAs. Duke also does a wonderful job of fostering community in its students from programs like FOCUS for first years, to the crazy fun basketball scene, which is fun even for un-sporty people. And Durham should be a dark horse in the running for best college town in America - more "indie" than most gentrified college towns, it will reward those students willing to explore off the beaten path, away from that one street full of fast-casual food that grazes their campus."
  • Reviewed: 2/19/2017
  • Degree: Statistics
"Students at Duke University are incredibly driven and the general campus culture encourages all students to strive to meet their potential. Duke as an institution supports this drive through many opportunities including vast financial resources that students can apply for to use towards research projects and the high profile speakers that Duke brings to campus to serve as inspirations. The statistics department is of particularly high quality as Duke employs a number of renowned faculty members who are excited about mentoring the next generation of statisticians. Duke needs to do more to create a diverse student body, especially a socioeconomically diverse student body."