Duke University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.28 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 217 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, + 3 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 15,735 (6,609 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 8% part-time, 92% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $52,617
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4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2020

In an awkward social setting but great academic quality
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2014

pro: student body is extremely helpful - big network contra: Durham is a college town - not much else to do here
4.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

The psychology program is well structured and the faculty are both accessible and influential in their fields. The research opportunities are endless and Duke has a ton of amazing resources to take advantage of. Students end orientation with an all day human subjects and ethics training and continue to receive such training throughout the program. There is an emphasis on mentorship and many students continue to have connections with their advisors after graduation. It's an extremely supportive program that offers all of the foundational knowledge and research skills you need to be successful. Durham is a little sketchy, it's important to look at crime maps when you are finding a place to live. There is a police presence on campus but there are crimes committed on campus, often at disturbing times of day, like 8PM or 12PM. If you stay vigilant and choose a good place to live it won't be an issue.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

Coming to Duke has been a pleasant yet intellectually challenging experience. My capability to conduct and critique science has been significantly improved not solely through personal experiences but also through social interactions, which Duke provides plenty of opportunities for.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

The quality of life and social aspects of this program are terrific, however the student body could be much more diverse.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

There are lots of people who really thrive in the hyper jock "work hard, play hard" culture; the advantage of that team mentality, though, pays off it comes to networking with alumni. Worst features=compared with my liberal arts undergrad it's super-aggressively competitive and the workload is very heavy; the campus is all woods, so close parking is often not possible and it doesn't feel very safe; public transit isn't great and parking services could do more to encourage carpools (if I need to ride separately from my carpool it's $4/day penalty, which is actually more than if I bought my own parking pass--but then the rest of my carpool would be penalized if I got my own pass--the passes for law-adjacent lots sell out instantly). Which brings me to the most annoying part--the costs/fees keep adding up from every direction and are going up insanely fast. Best features=faculty accessibility, quality of network with many great networking events; off campus there's a very affordable, interesting region with a lot of opportunities to enjoy local art, culture, community involvement in quirky, walkable neighborhoods. I also think career services does a really good job.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015

Duke University's Adult Nurse Practitioner Program was ranked 10th by U.S. News in 2011. This is an accurate ranking. The pros of this program include: the experienced and approachable instructors, the networking, and the name "Duke" on future resumes. This program is dedicated to it's student's success. Unlike other school which try to weed out the weaker student, Duke's program does everything in it's power to support the students. The cons: recent crime on campus, online courses which are a waste of time, and difficulties with financial aid services. Overall, this program lives up to the level of 10th in the U.S.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2013

Duke's graduate program is exceptional. Everyone in the School of Nursing provides their students with phenomenal support to ensure you succeed. Most of my experience was online distance learning and help was always available not only from the School of Nursing but from every department. The only con of the program is the cost, however every effort is made to assist you in obtaining scholarships and loans to help lessen the financial burden.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

There is a spirit of collaborative availability that encourages open discussion and work among students and faculty both within the Biology department and across campus.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2014

I enjoyed my time at Duke. The faculty and administration were accessible and supportive. The workload was intense, which is expected of a school of this caliber.
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