Same dilemna (for just 2 secs) as the op but Duke wins. Duke is the Harvard of the South. The Research Triangle for our internships! A regular semester life (as opposed to quarters) Read this from Daily Northwestern
LOL.....I love that it's the "Harvard of...." I'm sure it is, but I've seen a zillion t-shirts since I went to college (including mine)....that said the school was the "Harvard of the...." why don't we just let Duke be Duke and Northwestern be Northwestern....as for the quarter system, yes, the vast majority of schools use the semester system....but, some of the most elite schools in the country use the quarter system (I don't think anyone would turn down Stanford because of the quarter system, do you?)......Both great schools.....and if you do well coming out of either place, I promise you that you'll have great prospects for your first job or for grad school.....after that, no one will really care where you went to college...
^Why do you and others keep making this pointless argument? Are you 10 years old? We have just as much of a right to chime in on someone trying to choose between our school and another University (no matter which board on CC it is).
It's fine for anyone to have an opinion, but unless you include some data or firsthand information to support that opinion, plus some background that might frame a bias (for example "my D is a freshman at NU" or "I currently attend Cornell and was waitlisted at NU" or whatever), I'd guess that your opinion is not of much value (and shouldn't be of much value) to those who were actually trying to make decisions.
Honestly, prior to this thread I had no opinion of Duke (it was not on the list of schools D researched or applied to since in her field it is not a strong school), but seeing the number of Duke trolls who arrived on this thread does not make me want our S to apply there.
Thats ironic, if anything seeing the fervent passion that Duke students exhibit should prompt your son to apply. Perhaps he is not fond of displaying some good old fashion school spirit. Well, different strokes for different folks eh?