AB Duke vs. Huntmsan@Penn vs. Princeton vs. Yale

<p>AB Duke vs. Huntmsan@Penn vs. Princeton vs. Yale
i have to decide by tommorow if I'm going to take the AB and I'm not sure at all...</p>

<p>What are you thinking of studying? As much as I love Duke, if money is not an enormous issue, you got to go where you love. Did you visit all the schools? Where did you feel most comfortable?</p>

<p>I visited everywhere, but did not get that "gut feeling" at any of these places. The things that made me uncomfortable about Duke were the over-zealousness of basketball fans and the fact that I was insulted/made fun of twice for not wanting to drink...</p>

<p>Whoever made fun of you for not wanting to drink is a jerk. If I were to list the negative aspects here, the amount of social life revolving around alcohol would be one of them. Frat Parties and lots of alcohol are always going to be linked here. But that does not apply to everybody. I, like a bunch others, don't drink all that much, and still have a good time just hanging out with a group of friends on the weekends.</p>

<p>As for basketball, I'm really biased cause I'm one of those over-zealous fans. There are people who do not care for it and just do their own thing. It's as big a deal as you want it to be. Try to look at it as a perk for people who like it and not a drawback if you don't.</p>

<p>go with ab duke.....the honor will stay with you for the rest of your life. 15 out of 18,000. lot more doors will open for you. huntsman is over rated. (this from a princeton dad)</p>

<p>I don't understand how this is even a question...This is coming from someone who turned down Princeton for Duke (and I wasn't even given a likely letter, lol). I think turning down the AB would be a huge mistake, unless you are extremely wealthy and pretentious...</p>

<p>If you're smart enough to get into all these places and programs, you should be smart enough to think rationally and not base your decision on two random jerks...</p>

<p>"unless you are extremely wealthy and pretentious" ... I don't think that's true at all. I have friends at all of these places who are the exact opposite.</p>

<p>As for what made you uncomfortable, I think you will see a lot of it at Duke, but you can definitely block it out if you want to.</p>

<p>It is no way pretentious to turn down an AB scholarship. I think the worst thing you can do is force yourself to like a school that's offered you incentives simply because you were meant to like it. Sounds like you're not completely sold on Duke, be cautious to not push yourself into that decision. If you do choose Duke in the end, you'll have a great time (maybe even become a big bball fan---it happens all the time) and won't be forced into drinking if you don't want to. There's a diverse enough student body here where you'll find good friends.</p>

<p>I wasn't saying that everyone at Princeton and Yale is wealthy and pretentious at all--two of my best friends are at those schools--I was saying turning down the AB for no good reason and paying full at Yale or Princeton would necessitate being wealthy and pretentious.</p>

<p>in terms of options, that's how i think of things at duke such as basketball/drinking/partying. they are by no means required to enjoy your time here, but they are always an option.</p>

<p>from what i had learned about huntsman when i was thinking of going to penn....it's residencial, right? in that case, I'm more for integrated learning experiences - and since it's hard to know who's an AB duke scholar (or a robertson for that matter), I'm all for the programs here at Duke.</p>

<p>What is the difference financially between these different schools? I forgot the exact figures but I don't remember them being too much.</p>