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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Talking mOre College Smack

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina. The university was founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838. The school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment, prompting the institution to change its name in honor of his deceased father, Washington Duke.
The University is organized into two undergraduate and eight graduate schools. The undergraduate student body comes from all 50 U.S. states and 106 countries. In its 2009 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's undergraduate program eighth among national universities, while the medical, law, and business schools were ranked among the top 11 in the country.
Duke's research expenditures are among the largest 20 in the U.S. and its athletic program is one of the nation's elite. The Athletic teams compete in the ACC and have won nine national championships, including three by the men's basketball team.
Besides academics, research, and athletics, Duke is also well known for its sizable campus and Gothic architecture, especially Duke Chapel.
Duke started as Brown's Schoolhouse.
In 1924, Washington Duke's son, James B. Duke, established The Duke Endowment with a $40 million trust fund.
Engineering became a separate school in 1939. Duke hosted and competed in the only Rose Bowl ever played outside California. For extended info on Duke please refer here

This University is off the Hook amazing!~ As we where walking around, I truly was in awww..... over the architecture and the grounds themselves.  I wondered to myself, do these fine young Men and Women truly know what an honor it is to attend such a prestigious school? My husband made the comment, that he would have to think, you always would  respect and honor this school and never want to let it down...not only for yourself, but for the reputation and fact that you had the honor to attend it. Tuition and fees for Duke University cost $37,630 per year. Room and board adds $10,180 to the bill. You will also need to pay for books and personal expenses, and this will cost an estimated $2,940. The total cost per academic year at Duke is $50,750. Holy Cow! 
First I will take you on the Garden tour....

Now for some architecture and the Chapel.  I would imagine many of wedding pictures have taken place here.
This is the housing section for the students.
Jack sure looks cool here!~ However, not looking good for the future....
Alex would not let me get any pictures of him...that is fact he was annoyed at times we where here....he felt we where talking college too soon.  I told him we where just here to see it is all.  Poor kid felt pressure already!~
Linking up to a few great parties as always! Thanks to all you lovely hosts for having me. (Whoo hoo party) this is a big whoo hoo if you know someone who has gone here! (White Wednesday) Couple white shots in here as well:) 
Love my weekly participation with Jenny Matlock This week the letter T

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Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Love Duke Gardens! We were actually planning on visiting again over the holiday weekend. But the 90 degree weather kept us close to home!

Mary Ellen

June 1, 2010 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger xinex said...

Thanks for taking us to an ivy league school, Debbie. Beautiful gardens and what a gorgeous chapel!...Christine

June 1, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Wow Debbie, What a beautiful tour, thank you for taking me along. Your photography is amazing and you really captured some beautiful architecture. Love the picture with Jack and his long beauitful eyelashes!
I’m happy you stopped by for a visit and enjoyed my Tabletop Tuesday ~ Mantel Vignette. I love how a few simple changes can make a big impact. I enjoy thinking up new ways to use things I already have in my home to give a different look to a room!

June 1, 2010 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Anita Diaz said...

Duke is beautiful, and a great school. My grandfather went there. It was not 50K a year then though!! Also nearby, UNC CHapel Hill is a lot less expensive and also a beautiful campus. My ex husband went to law school there and several other of my family members went there. You can't plan that too early either! Looks like you are busy as usual!

June 1, 2010 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Debbie, the architecture is amazing! Would love to visit there!The chapel and the gardens are gorgeous!

June 1, 2010 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, Duke is beautiful. I have never seen pictures of it before. Thanks for sharing those.

June 1, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Cow, wow! No wonder it is called "Duke" university- pun intended. very intended.

Jack is a dude! Ad-o-ra-ble kid, that one!

Alex- relax. Your parents are awesome people, trying their best to just give you the exposure. Love it. You are going to be very successful when you grow up, so don't feel pressurized.

A hug to the gorgeous Mother. thanks for showing me around! :)

June 1, 2010 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

My best friends got married at Duke Chapel...amazing. And yes, the picture of all the guys (hubby was a groomsman) was taken in that very spot!!

June 1, 2010 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Gorgeous garden pictures. Never too early to talk college. Just wait till Junior year in high school. "early admission" a term you want to hear.

June 1, 2010 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

I love Duke, it is lovely and such an acedemic powerhouse but sometimes I think that college tutuion has gone out-of control!! My son is attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has the Hope scholarship, and since I am a certified teacher we get 1/4 tutition reduction. His tutution was under 300 dollars for 16 hours and then with the 300 for his books the total was under 1000. After paying 18,000 dollars a year for private school for the last 6 years we decided to go the state universty route. There are many wonderful state schools!! Thanks for visiting my blog, the wedding was so much fun to "do". We all worked together and had a joyful time!

June 1, 2010 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Beautiful gardens! Love the close up of the white flower. Thank you for stopping by.

June 1, 2010 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Duke is a fabulous school. The tution is high, but I'll let you know both my brother and SIL went there are a both big shots with 6 digit salaries now. Well, worth it in the end. The campus is stunning and your pictures sure give us a great view.

Go Blue Devils,

June 1, 2010 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Leanne said...

Love all of the photos, Debbie! Thanks so much for sharing it with those of us who are way too far away to enjoy the beauty of it! SOOOOOO beautiful!!!!

June 1, 2010 at 9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful campus!! I love all the old buildings and the amazing landscaping. I've worked at two universities in California and I really appreciated all the hard work that I saw the groundskeepers do on a daily basis.

Thanks so much for linking this post to Woo Hoo! Wednesday and sharing.

June 1, 2010 at 9:49 PM  
Anonymous nannykim/spindlecottage said...

My daughter lives in Durham, and I have been on part of the campus , but I have not seen some of the things you have shown!

June 1, 2010 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Atticmag said...

What a super tour. I've never seen Duke before so this was quite a treat. Truly awe inspiring.

Jane T.

June 1, 2010 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger The Inspired Nest said...

Thanks for the amazing tour! I have never seen Duke before. My twisted mind thought how thankful those basketball players parents are that their kids got a sports scholarship! 50K per year, OUCH!

Go Gators!

June 1, 2010 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger kay said...

what a lovely campus! I have never been, thanks for posting pics, your are a great photographer!

June 1, 2010 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger ~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

What a grand tour, it was Debbie! Beautiful architecture, and wonderful flowers garden.

June 2, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Looks gorgeous. My best friend, who I met in college at Boston University, was devastated she didn't go to Duke...crushed! I'm selfishly glad they rejected her though...

I often take my kids to their future alma mater to take pictures of them there. I'm sure they'll love Harvard! :) The first one still hasn't started kindergarten yet, but I'm sure all three will be quite happy there. On full scholarship of course!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

June 2, 2010 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

What fun to see the campus! My niece is a doctoral student there in anthropology. Gorgeous!

June 2, 2010 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Kelle Dame said...

Gorgeous gardens and chapel! Thanks for the tour. Definitely inspiring for my own landscaping which is in desperate need of help! Its embarrassing actually :)

June 2, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Hey Debbie what a great post and what a coincidence that I read this post minutes after talking to my husband about Duke. A friend of my husbands who he also works with son goes to Duke and was just named MVP of the NCAA Lacrosse National championship! Needless to say he's a proud papa!!

June 2, 2010 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Fifi Flowers said...

GORGEOUS university!!!

June 2, 2010 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Nanna said...

that would be a fantastic palce to go to collage, thanks for the tour

June 2, 2010 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

Such a pretty campus and great job on the pictures!

Thanks for sharing!

June 2, 2010 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger laterg8r said...

what incredible architecture :D

June 2, 2010 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

It is beautiful there, isn't it? That door is gorgeous!

June 2, 2010 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Melissa Miller said...

Debbie you crack me up everytime! LOL! I know, can you believe we did the ole' speed painting marathon back then? Never again!
That was tough. Me and my impatient nature. He! *Smiles*

Duke is awesome! I love the charming buildings. Your son is a living doll with those pretty eyes and long eyelashes. Don't the boys always end up with the longest eyelashes ever? Amazing!

Have a great day sweet friend.
~Melissa :)

June 2, 2010 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Becca Bertotti said...

Hey there, Debbie !! Beautiful pics of Duke ... what a truly gorgeous campus. Thanks for sharing. Your photography skills are amazing ... I'm envious !! And, thank you for your kind note about my master bedroom redo! Hugs, Becca

June 2, 2010 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

That is gorgeous but yikes, the cost!!! I'd want a guarantee my kid was going to make big bucks after graduation and take care of me in my old age:) Your boys are so cute.

You inspired me when you mentioned cleaning out your closets so I attacked mine yesterday...they look so lovely now:)

June 2, 2010 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Debbie, Thank you for visiting and leaving your sweet comment on my Patriotic Door Wreath! You really are so sweet! I had fun designing this wreath, loving all the red, white and blue right now!

June 2, 2010 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger carissa said...

it really is so beautiful! i can't believe how high the tuition is! gasp!

June 2, 2010 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My husband and I went on a trip to visit Durham and Duke while we were dating. The gardens are beautiful.

June 2, 2010 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Me again Debbie! I'm so excited that my bag is on the way!!! I can't believe my luck lately...weird!

Your younger son reminds me so much of my youngest, I'll have to send you photo's of him when he was around that age.

I'm panicking that I'm running out of things to blog about...sniffle sniffle. You're so good about bringing up chat worthy subjects up, you should make a list of things to blog about for those of us blog challenged folks.

June 2, 2010 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Natasha in Oz said...

I had no idea it was so expensive to go to college over there! WOW! I am in shock!!!

Thanks for letting me know about this lovely college although, I might just encourage my kids to stay here in Oz! I don't think blogging will pay those fees!

Best wishes,

June 2, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

This was a beautiful tour. It really is a gorgeous campus, that chapel is amazing. We have a friend whose son just graduated from Duke. Holy cow, now I know why they can't retire! Kathy

June 2, 2010 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

What a beautiful campus. In Kentucky; however, we are not allowed to even mention that name of the school you spoke of. It sends all the basketball fans into an absolute tizzy!!

June 2, 2010 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Viki said...

Duke looks like a beautiful school but private schools unfortunately are very expensive especially if the student doesn't really know what they want to be.

June 2, 2010 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Beautiful setting! I visited Duke for the first time on a school field trip...a very long time ago.

Would love to have you join my linky parties:



both going on right now, and Ask the Yankee, starting June 7th.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

June 2, 2010 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Jeannie B. said...

It is so beautiful. I would love to see the Chapel in person but thank you for taking me vicariously!.\

June 2, 2010 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Terra said...

what a beautiful campus. I am so glad we aren't thinkng college here yet...I have a few more years!!!

June 2, 2010 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

wow, what an amazingly beautiful campus ... it must be such an honor to be a student there.

June 3, 2010 at 12:25 AM  
Blogger Home's Where My Heart Is said...

My gosh, that's quite the place! I had no idea the whole package could be so much per year.

Thanks for your sweet comments today...I've been so, so crazy busy this week, but hope to have a little more time for visiting my sweet blog friends.

Hope you're having a great week..


June 3, 2010 at 12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a treat to be taken on this tour of Duke. Naturally I've heard of this university, but have never seen it until now. Yikes, their dorms look like you're going into a cathedral. I'd be in awe too walking around those grounds.


June 3, 2010 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Duke University looks so beautiful! I didn't see it when my kids made the college tours. The farthest south we drove for a college tour was William and Mary in VA.

The sticker shock for private colleges is something else isn't it? We were happy when our kids got some academic scholarships to help with some of the costs.

Tell your sons to dream big! They can do it!

June 3, 2010 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Duke looks like a beautiful university- thanks for sharing your tour!

June 3, 2010 at 1:12 AM  
Blogger H said...

Very impressive. Also, very expensive!

Wherever Alex decides to go, I hope it is the perfect place for him :)

June 3, 2010 at 2:46 AM  
Blogger Holly Lefevre said...

Gorgeous photos. My SIL is doing her residency there and loves NC! We have not been to visit yet...maybe soon!

June 3, 2010 at 4:29 AM  
Blogger People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

First of all, Jack has the most beautiful eyelashes! I know, I know, not the point of the post......

The campus of Duke is terrific. That chapel's architecture is breathtaking. I don't like their basketball team. Just thought I'd add that.

June 3, 2010 at 6:06 AM  
Blogger Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler said...

50K! Holy Mackerel! I kinda hope my kids will want to go to trade school. Plumbers or undertakers, because everybody has got to go sometime!

June 3, 2010 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Duke University looks like a wonderful place to go to school. The buildings alone are stunning. You took some great shots.

June 3, 2010 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger A 2 Z said...

What a wonderful place. AAaaah! to be young again. I wonder if they have a scholarship program. I'm looking for a place for my youngest. Thanks for sharing your beautiful picturs. Happy "T" Day!


June 3, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

we'll be doing the college rounds soon as well. currently Appalachian State is on the radar as well as Belmont Abby.

June 3, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

duke is so beautiful...thank you for sharing these great photos.

June 3, 2010 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Wow! What an interesting stop on this little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "T"!

I am terrified to think my kids are not saving anything for our Grands education. My husband saves some for it but certainly not at the level of going to Duke!

That is a lovely campus, though, isn't it?

Thanks for this terrific post!


June 3, 2010 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger nono said...

What gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing.

June 3, 2010 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

amazing t post,
the flowers are inviting,
the buildings are handsome...

June 3, 2010 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Susan Freeman said...

Beautiful school, excellent academic standards. Now to come up with the cash to attend!!

Susan and Bentley

June 3, 2010 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger jaydubblah said...

Hi, thanks for your comment on my trees. I had so many visitors this week because teacher put me at the front of the class! Lovely pics on your post

June 4, 2010 at 3:48 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Interesting reading about Duke University. Pity this wasn't the letter "D", but what is there to do when this is what is happening now. Clever you to to use the word "Talking".
Best wishes,

Anna's Ts

June 4, 2010 at 5:47 AM  
Blogger Teachinfourth said...

I love that first photo. Also, the one above Jacks…the door.

Isn't it amazing just how many photos are out there waiting to be taken?

June 5, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Pondside said...

That looks like a beautiful place, but I can't imagine how anyone could pay that much for a year of post secondary education. How do ordinary families in the US manage to send their children to university?

June 6, 2010 at 2:36 AM  
Blogger Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

duke is beautiful,
thank you for the lovely tour!

June 6, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Very beautiful! I am in awe with architectural beauties such as these, especially considering how things had been built prior to the modern equipment that we have today!

Blessings & Aloha!
I am blessed and thankful over and over again, that all our three had full-ride scholarships! Tuition is certainly expensive, especially out of state.

June 9, 2010 at 1:19 AM  
Blogger Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Debbie, what a beautiful campus and beautiful pictures!
Yes that may sound expensive but one of the MD Fellows I work with just shared with me by the time he gets into his own practice this coming October, after 14 years in school, he will be (is) $180,000 in debt from medical school! So one year at Duke doesn't sound too out of line.
Oh and your darling son would fit in well there from what I see in that picture of him, he looks pretty comfy:)

September 28, 2010 at 9:25 PM  

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