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Colleges / Duke University

Duke University

Durham, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate8%
Acceptance Rate8%

About Duke

Duke University Overview

Duke University is a private, religious school in the suburban setting of Durham, North Carolina. Duke was founded in 1838 and currently enrolls around 16,172 students per year year, including 6,717 undergraduates. Duke offers housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! January 4, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Duke by April 1.

Student Involvement at Duke

Interested in music or performing? At Duke you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Duke students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Duke has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Duke has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Duke on the Student Life page.

2022 Duke Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 8%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 25%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 60%
Tuition $58,085
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $62,270

Is Duke a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better view of what Duke offers and if the school seems like a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Duke University

Duke is extremely difficult to get into. In 2021, Duke accepted just 8% of all applicants. Out of 39,603 applications received in 2022, 3,085 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Duke

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 95% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Dukecome back their sophomore year. 95% of Duke undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Duke Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Duke by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Duke directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Duke

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Duke meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $62,270 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $24,436 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Duke.

Based on this information, is Duke the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Duke a good school for you?

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Where is Duke University Located?

Duke is located in the suburban setting of Durham, North Carolina.

If you would like to see Duke for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 85 to Durham, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Raleigh-Durham International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Duke and Durham are like without leaving home.

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College Info

Box 90586 Durham, NC 27708

Campus Setting: Suburban

Duke Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 4

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Duke is Jan 4.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Duke is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Duke University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Duke ACT Scores


ACT Range

34 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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35 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Duke is 34. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into Duke. Students with an ACT score that falls between 34 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 34 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Duke SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1480 - 1560


Math SAT Range

750 - 800


Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

Duke Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Duke is like? There are approximately 16,172 students enrolled at Duke, including 6,717 undergraduate students and 9,455 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 16% percent are from NC and 84% percent of students are from other states.


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