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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I absolutely loved everything about my time at Duke--the professors are often the top in their field, the curriculum has a wide array of different classes, and the alumni network is incredible.
Equipped with valuable resources that will help reach your goals.
The university has a vast array of opportunities, but you have to know where to find them. I am hoping with the advent of social media, etc. the communication of all the different educational activities, scholarships, networking opportunities has improved. I would still recommend this school, but I will say it needs to diversify the student body as well as the faculty.
Duke is a wonderful place to learn from the best, among the best. If you really take advantage of the opportunities it gives you, it's a fantastic investment in your future. If you're a loner and don't make connections, then it's not the place for you.
I like to refer to Duke University as an institution of excellence. It attracts greatness and is a huge part of my success in both my business and personal lives. I highly recommend that any prospective college applicant consider Duke University.