Culture & Campus Life
What Fuqua Is Known For
Duke University and Durham. Duke’s home of Durham, North Carolina, is in the heart of the famous Research Triangle that includes Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. This is a beautiful area that is very cosmopolitan and intellectually rich with a growing restaurant and indie music scene. Duke’s rigorous undergraduate program is one of the best in the nation and is consistently near the top of every ranking system: In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke’s undergrad program eighth overall. Duke University also has noteworthy graduate school programs in business, law, and medicine; the basketball program is also, well, kinda famous. Duke also features an enormous campus (known as the “Gothic Wonderland”) relative to the school’s student population—nearly 9,000 acres for fewer than 14,000 total students.
Team Fuqua. You’ll hear the term Team Fuqua used on a near-daily basis around campus. Not only is teamwork strongly emphasized in academics, but the student body is known for its friendly and tight-knit nature. The admissions committee specifically seeks out applicants who they think will fit well with this friendly group, so a natural outcrop of this selection process are numerous social events, clubs, and activities. Although many schools boast of their collaborative environments, if you’re looking for a strong dose of activities and parties, Fuqua ranks among the top. We’ll go into greater detail about several of them in the You Oughta Know section below.
Blue Devils basketball. What do you get when you combine the collaborative culture of Fuqua with a university that’s passionate about basketball? The Campout experience. It’s unique to Duke but makes sense given the strong basketball history at the school. Graduate students camp out in RVs for 36 hours over one weekend to enter a lottery for season basketball tickets, and, in true Team Fuqua spirit, typically form large teams to increase their chances of winning and then split up the tickets to the games among everyone. People rent trucks and RVs, and bring lots of food, drinks, music, and other entertainment (if this is starting to sound like a weekend-long tailgate…). The legendary “Coach K” has been known to make an appearance to thank the students for their support.