Jen McFann, Class of 2014, chose to leave NYC for school in Durham. Everyday she's convinced she made the right decision. Read her story.
Durham has fully evolved from its tobacco-based roots to become a thoroughly cosmopolitan city. Now, there's never a dull moment in Durham.
As an eclectic city, Durham has a diverse mix of restaurants, historical and cultural places, professional and recreational activities, churches, and other resources. Near the Duke campus are the offbeat Ninth Street shopping district and Brightleaf Square, a renovated tobacco warehouse district.
Durham is a rich community with lots to take advantage of, and student clubs organize events to make sure that you experience the Bull City.
But, if you're looking to get out of town, you can hop in the car and in a few short hours arrive at the Blue Ridge Mountains for hiking and mountain activities, Atlantic coast for beaches and water sports, or the NC Sandhills area for champion golf.
If cultural attractions are more your speed, take a study break and visit the new Durham Performing Arts Center, Hayti Heritage Center, Museum of Life and Science, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke Lemur Center, or another of the region's many cultural spots and historic sites.
Durham is also highly regarded as a great place for foodies looking to sample new tastes and it is host to the annual American Dance Festival.