As a science major I thought one of the best things about Duke was opportunities to conduct cutting edge research under the guidance of professors and graduate students. I was committed to gaining great research experience and Duke provided me with that better than a smaller private school or a huge public school could have. Socially I was a little less happy with Duke. Proviledged students were definitely over represented at Duke. Eventually I found a group that I felt comfortable with in PWILD, a backpacking club. Academically Duke was everything I wanted though.