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Schools like Duke?

carlmancarlman Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
edited June 2008 in Duke University
I have a high-schooler who really likes Duke and will apply. Can forum members recommend some other schools with similar qualities? Here are some criteria we have in mind:

o Strong academics
o Reasonable weather
o At least some enthusiasm and school spirit
o Sororities
o Less than Ivy League difficulty for admission
o Perhaps a strong core curriculum
o Preppy is ok

Any suggestions appreciated!
Post edited by carlman on

Replies to: Schools like Duke?

  • loveduke22loveduke22 Registered User Posts: 1,284 Senior Member
    Well, I know this is an Ivy, but UPenn is always compared to Duke. I'd probably put them on about the same level in terms of difficulty of admission.
  • incollege88incollege88 Registered User Posts: 431 Member
    Here are my thoughts on the schools that are most like Duke of a decently wide range of selectivity:

  • nmehta4nmehta4 Registered User Posts: 916 Member
    aside from harvard, princeton, yale, mit, columbia duke has similar selectivity. i would agree with the ccer's post above for schools that have similar rates.

    you may also want to check out vanderbilt, it has great weather and satisfies all of your criteria.
  • slipper1234slipper1234 Registered User Posts: 9,084 Senior Member
    higher selecitivity

    Similar Selectivity
    Dartmouth (slightly higher)
    Penn (slightly higher)
    Northwestern (Slightly lower)

    Lower Selectivity
  • danielhstennis08danielhstennis08 Registered User Posts: 232 Junior Member
    i don't know why no one is mentioning johns hopkins or cornell... both are easier to get into, especially cornell (not by that great of an amount).... jhu is very close
  • hotasicehotasice Registered User Posts: 655 Member
    I think Rice has a similar selectivity to Duke...it's definitely more selective than Vanderbilt or Emory. And Rice's selectivity is higher than that of Northwestern, but lower than that of Dartmouth and Penn.
  • bluedogbluedog Registered User Posts: 1,295 Senior Member
    Just adding comments to the overall reasonable list above.

    Princeton doesn't have sororities.
    Stanford fits criteria, except for difficulty in admissions (i.e. definitely one of the five hardest in the country).
    Dartmouth having "reasonable weather" depends on your definition of reasonable. It can get pretty cold up there in NH. It's preppy too (like Duke).
    Williams doesn't have sororities (or school spirit really).
    Amherst doesn't have sororities (or school spirit really).
    UPenn fits criteria assuming you're not from Florida and Philly's weather is ok for you.
    Georgetown doesn't have recognized sororities (although they might have some "underground" ones, I'm not sure).
    Rice doesn't have sororities.
    UVA fits your criteria.
    UNC fits your criteria.
    UMich fits your criteria, although A^2 can get brutal in the winters.
    UC-B, UC-LA, USC (I don't know anything about UC schools)
    Tufts doesn't have school spirit (does have sororities, though). Weather is subjective.
    Northwestern fits your criteria (except, again, weather in Evanston is debatable).
    Vanderbilt fits your criteria (super southern preppy too).
    Emory fits your criteria, although school spirit not as good as at places like UVa, UNC, Vandy, Northwestern, UMich (i.e. ANY school in DI sports).

    I think Duke's biggest overlaps are UPenn, Dartmouth, Cornell, UNC, UVa....
  • carlmancarlman Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    Thanks, all, for helpful suggestions. We'll do some more research based on them.
  • TAddTAdd Registered User Posts: 167 Junior Member
    I'd say personally that Cornell is Duke's best match. It's only marginally less selective than Duke, and from what I've seen lately on this board, a LOT of people who got off Duke's waitlist turned down Cornell to go to Duke!

    Myself included!
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