The New Ivies 2012 Page 2

These top 10 schools are the next generation of excellence

By Explore Editor

What the students are saying about:

Duke University

Duke University

Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke’s huge 8,000-acre campus is often referred to as a Gothic Wonderland, and it provides an idyllic backdrop for students’ college experience. Not that students have much free time to appreciate it: “Duke is hard.” “Very hard.” “Classes are so hard.” Nonetheless, they rise to the occasion. “Duke is a top-notch college, so there’s really no f-----g around when it comes to getting down to the grind,” writes a sophomore engineering major. He adds: “Kids here are really smart.” They’re also proud of their alma mater. “Beyond the fact that our school has a legacy of successful sports programs to be proud of, we are a group of students who have tons of pride just because we love Duke!” While some complain that the undergrad population leans heavily towards privileged white students, others remark that they were surprised by the level of diversity they found on campus. “I for one come from one of the poorest cities in the nation, and by no means do I feel like I do not fit in,” writes a sophomore from Camden, NJ. “Duke has done a better job in the past years of bringing students from all walks of life to campus, which I feel refutes the claim that most of us are stuck up rich kids.” Further, “the students who attend tend to be sociable, intelligent and nice (and not quite as snobby as some Ivy League types.)” Overall, “the vast majority of people at Duke love it, and couldn’t dream of being anywhere else.”