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Student Reviews of Duke University

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  • Karis from APO, AE

    Rigorous classwork but employment rate after graduation is high. read full review

  • robert from phoenix, md

    although six-and-a-half hours of homework a night from 3+ ap classes a semester may seem challenging now, duke is far more academically challenging in a very multilayered way. this is because you have other factors at duke in the equation of being… more read full review

    although six-and-a-half hours of homework a night from 3+ ap classes a semester may seem challenging now, duke is far more academically challenging in a very multilayered way. this is because you have other factors at duke in the equation of being successful with respect to: 1) interdisciplinary emphasis 2) level of competition 3) your personal work ethic 4) nature of instructors 1) duke is known for designing a curriculum that challenges students to draw upon multiple disciplines to form critical connections and generate new ideas. this means that you will be able to experience more academic success if you can apply the fda breakthrough status drug you are learning about in one class to a trend in biotechnology stocks that you are analyzing in another. while not always imperative to excelling academically, this ability to "connect courses" can afford a competitive edge to certain students, which adds a new dimension of rigor. 2) another dimension of rigor can be found in the caliber of competition you will face in both your large lecture and small discussion classes. you are now competing against students who have won straight-a's, state debate and mock trial championships, and have even founded and co-founded businesses and organizations all throughout their high school careers. since everyone wants the a equally, but there is often a scarcity of a's to hand out, you often must work even harder at duke to achieve the same result that you did in high school. 3) fortunately, even the greatest minds cannot succeed without values of hard work and sheer discipline, and this is your secret weapon. no amount of innate intelligence is a suitable substitute for the one who is willing to put in the extra time and repetitions to ingrain difficult academic concepts, and there are myriad empirical studies to back this claim in the context of public schools, parenting children, and other ares. this idea holds true at duke as well, in that you can improve by two or more letter grades from one exam to the next simply by adjusting the degree to which you attack the material and persistently practice with it, as i did this past semester. it also holds true in that if you do not persistently practice the material until two nights before the test, you will receive a very disappointing score, as well as lock up as much as 30% of your entire course grade into an exam that you could otherwise have studied gradually for every day. 4) finally, when your duke professors are not researching dna repair in the lab or flying international to attend sociology conferences, they are certainly busy enough without having to worry about your individual performance in the course. this adds a new dimension of rigor to every course because you must maximize the utility of your instructor's knowledge of the field, years of experience within it, and sheer passion for discussing it one-on-one in order to achieve at the highest level. you would be astounded to learn how "less rigorous" the material seems after having attended office hours for at least a couple of times, and why not seek out this competitive edge when the vast majority of your classmates will never set foot in office hours a single time during the semester? at duke you will have this opportunity for at least two hours a week under university policy, so you'd best consider taking full advantage of it if you want to excel. read full review

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