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Colleges / Duke University

Duke University

Durham, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate6%

About Duke

Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. Duke is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the US and is known for its being at the forefront of research and innovation as a Research 1 institution. Duke has several renowned undergraduate programs including its engineering, biology, economics, english, and nursing programs, as well as an interdisciplinary neuroscience program. 

Duke features stunning gothic architecture with intricate detailing that adds to the timeless and intellectual feel of the campus. The campus atmosphere at Duke is a mix between studious and energetic. Why? Students are very experience-oriented, meaning that while they study and focus with rigor, they are also invested in a well-rounded college experience - showing their school pride by actively engaging in sports and athletic events, greek life, clubs, activities, and community engagement. 

Sports culture is strong at Duke, especially in basketball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and golf. Duke competes at the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke has traditional athletic rivalries with UNC and NC State

Did You Know?

Duke student dedication is tested and demonstrated through a tradition of camping out for big basketball games. Students construct a temporary tent community known as "Krzyzewskiville" or "K-Ville” outside of the Cameron Indoor Stadium. Camping out allows students to show school spirit, increase community, secure coveted game tickets, and show their dedication to the Duke Blue Devils. 

The CC Community on Duke University

"Duke University appears to give wings to the idea of giving research opportunities to undergrads in all the fields or departments."

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Duke University is a private, religious university in the suburb of Durham, North Carolina. Duke was founded in 1838. The college currently enrolls around 17,620 students per year, including 6,883 undergraduates.

Duke Acceptance Rate 2022

It is extremely difficult to get into Duke. Around 6% of applicants get into Duke each year. Out of 49,523 applications received in 2022, 2,921 students were offered admission.

Duke University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 6%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 16%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 47%

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Duke University is located in the town of Durham, North Carolina,.

If you would like to see Duke for yourself, 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 University and Durham are like without leaving home.

College Info

2080 Duke University Road Durham, NC 27708

Campus Setting: Suburban

Duke Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 3

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Duke is Jan 3.

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1490 - 1560


Math SAT Range

750 - 800


Reading SAT Range

730 - 770

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Wondering what life at Duke is like? There are approximately 17,620 students enrolled at Duke, including 6,883 undergraduate students and 10,737 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 19% percent are from NC and 81% percent of students are from other states.


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