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About Duke

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

There are many ways for students to get involved at Duke! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Duke'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.

Thinking of pledging? 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.

Learn more about life at Duke on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Duke for Fall 2022 is January 3.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from Duke by April 1.

2021 Duke Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 8%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 25%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 60%
Tuition $58,085

Is Duke a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at all of these areas to get a clearer idea of what Duke offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

Duke Acceptance Rate 2021

It is extremely difficult to get into Duke. The acceptance rate at Duke is 8%. In 2021, just 3,085 out of the 39,603 students who applied were accepted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Duke

Retention is 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.

About 95% of students who start at Duke come back for their second year of college. Duke's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 95%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Duke Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Duke

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 $59,056 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $24,219 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some 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! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Duke. Based on this information, how does Duke sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit 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 want 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 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 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


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Duke ACT Scores


ACT Range

34 - 35

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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

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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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