Rankings be damned. The other schools are going to have a hard sell to entice me away from Duke. This is so subjective that I won't bother elaborating too much, but all of the concerns I had about Duke yesterday no longer exist today. Every question I had was answered and then some. The faculty and students seem awesome - they're collegial, engaged, and genuinely seem to care about what it is they're doing.
At the UVA ASD last week, I got the sense that this is what they were trying to portray, but it came off a bit insincere. Still more of these things to go, but the bar has been raised significantly today.
I am still making a long write up for the benefit of those who were not able to attend, but this sums up my experience. I liked Cornell after their ASD--I fell in love with Duke. At this point, I think Stanford is all that can drag me away.
PS-In case anyone is interested, if you were in the larger classroom for the class I was the one in the red shirt who was called on for raising his hand to say he was from west of the Mississippi.
Hey! I know who you are now!
I'm in the same boat as everyone else here; Duke was awesome. The students and faculty were fantastic and more than collegial. There was almost like a familial feel to the place. And to the earlier poster who said that UVA tried to push that but felt insincere, I couldn't agree more. The campus is gorgeous and the facilities are top notch. I feel like everything I'm feeling has already been said, so I'll just stop there.
Oh, and the admitted students I hung out with were kickass. Especially the folks who came to the townie bar and wandered through Durham at 2:00am looking for a pizza joint! We definitely need to coordinate our school decisions.
I took a few pictures that I'll try to post up here in a bit. Again, as I said with the UVA pics, apologies in advance for my terrible photography skills!