Duke University Reviews

  • 153 Reviews
  • Durham (NC)
  • Annual Tuition: $58,031
95% of 153 students said this degree improved their career prospects
97% of 153 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Anthony Moore
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2014
  • Degree: Biology
"A great education and affordable place to be a graduate student."
Kelly H
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2014
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"Love my program and my peers. Students are definitely a huge strength here."
Casey Perley
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2014
  • Degree: Biology
"I am pursuing my PhD in microbiology. If I had to choose a graduate school again I would make the same decision and come to Duke. The faculty are very supportive, and there are numerous opportunities to present your research. The cost of living in the area is low, making it possible to live comfortably on your stipend. Additionally no TAing is required, so you have ample time to pursue your research (although you can TA if you want to)."
Julia Roberts
  • Reviewed: 12/1/2014
  • Degree: Chemistry
"The graduate community at Duke is very intellectually simulating and has been a great fit for me."
Mengyang Lin
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2014
  • Degree: Economics
"Pros: Very suitable for students who would like to get a PhD degree. Cons: A little far from big cities which will make you difficult to communicate with others"
Andrew Franks
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2014
  • Degree: Chemistry
"Duke has an incredible group of graduate students that are smart and form a fun, tight-knit group. These are the kind of people you want to work with in the lab for long hours. The surrounding area, Raleigh-Durham specifically and North Carolina more broadly, is remarkable for the variety and quality of experiences available to grad students. My biggest concern with Duke while I was there was that the work-life balance pendulum had shifted a little too far from work. Having said that, as I was leaving it was clear that the student body makeup and various moves being made by administration (faculty hires, etc.) were correcting this. I am confident that Duke Chemistry's reputation and impact will continue to grow in coming years, and I can't wait to see what (or who) comes next out of the department!"
Johannes Maus
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2014
  • Degree: Economics
"Diverse challenging program that offers resources to achieve academic and career goals from academia to private sector and international institutions"
SeyedMajid Zahedi
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2014
  • Degree: Computer Science
"pros: high quality faculty members and education quality cons: small program, not having our own bulding, safety"
Michael Stanton
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
"Duke was an amazing place to go to grad school. The resources are endless, the cost of living is low, and the people are very supportive. I highly recommend Duke!"
Seongjin Park
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2014
  • Degree: Economics
"The masters program in economics is very flexible so that students can freely choose course work according to their purpose. This flexibility enables masters students to take phd courses and even MBA courses without any constraints. So, this program is suitable not only for students who aim for the future phd, but also for students who hope to get a job after graduation. However, Duke university is located in a boring suburban area. Thus, a low living cost is good thing though, off-campus life is not dynamic or active compared to other universities located in cities."
Amber Harold
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2014
  • Degree: Chemistry
"The program is great, although the work load seems larger than many other departments and the pay is lower than many other departments, so this is unfair and makes it harder to sustain a good life relative to other students."
Mary Jane Simpson
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2014
  • Degree: Chemistry
"I got a great education at Duke, and they helped me find a great job using my education."
Scott Lee
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2014
  • Degree: Music
"My program is fantastic in many ways. I am fortunate to be able to work with the great ensembles that the music department brings in, and the faculty are amazing for the most part. My only gripe would be that our department doesn't have graduate seminar evaluations, so I don't get a chance to give feedback on the classes I have to take."
Jennifer Lagerson
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2014
  • Degree: Art & Design
"My PhD program in the History of Art offer great resources and I've met some great peers along the way!"
Sydney Sanderson
  • Reviewed: 10/4/2014
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"This is a great graduate program - it has an interdisciplinary focus, allowing students from multiple programs to collaborate. Durham is not the safest town but the university provides numerous safety measures to keep students safe."
Amy Wagner
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2014
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Pros: Good reputation, excellent & accomplished faculty, opportunities for growth and involvement Cons: Many areas of Durham and even the campus are unsafe, faculty can be hard to reach"
Zimife Umeh
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2014
  • Degree: Sociology
"My graduate program is very well structured, provides interesting coursework, and great training. The program has numerous opportunities for academic and professional development and growth. The program also provides great financial support."
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2014
  • Degree: Biology
"I started Duke under a pre-med route with the intentions to major in Biology and become a doctor after medical school. If you are interested in becoming a doctor, do not apply to Duke--go to UNC. If you are interested in becoming a researcher, then Duke is the perfect place for you. The pre-med and science curriculum at Duke does not center around hands-on experience but centers itself around lab experiments and scientific writing. As an undergraduate senior, I have now decided to switch over into Political Science in the hopes that I can work with people instead of lab equipment."
Michael Jeanfavre
  • Reviewed: 7/8/2014
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"I am truly honored to be a student in the Duke University of Medicine. The faculty, curriculum, educational resources, academic vigor, are at the cutting edge. Durham, NC, "The City of Medicine" owe's this title to the phenomenal Duke Health Institution. Within the top 10 in the nation, the hospital and surrounding sattelite healthcare clinics serve as excellent areas to shaddow and see medicine and healthcare first hand. The Duke community is rich and diverse; attracting scholars nationally and internationally. As I prgress through my graduate education hear and mature as a scholar and a healthcare professional, I have much pride and confidence in Duke, the promising potential that it has provided, and that the exceptional quality of education will translate into serving respective community in which I will practice with the highest standards."
Ross Smith
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2014
  • Degree: Religious Studies
"For such a prestigious institution Duke Divinity's interest in instilling in future church leaders a spirit of critical thinking and rigorous theological engagement is severely lacking. Indoctrination is the name of the game, albeit, it is a very good indoctrination program, despite the negative connotation that that word has. The reality is Duke has only three years to prepare pastors who more often than not have little-to-no theological or biblical training, a difficult feat for any seminary. Unfortunately the school requires 8 out of 24 courses to be lecture hall courses with graduate or post graduate TAs. This portion of the program is often disappointing, a result of sub-par instruction and poor facilitation. Coupled with the other required courses within the M.Div. paradigm, in addition to possible denominational course requirements and/or language requirements, there is little opportunity for students to take any close to full advantage of the phenomenal faculty that Duke has acquired. Lastly, the course restrictions and poor quality of lecture hall courses make the MTS program atrocious. MTS students are required to take many classes that assume a pastoral intent and, overall, fail to prepare students for a competitive academic career."