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Duke Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Duke, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 3 and the application fee costs $85. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from Duke by April 1.

Considering Applying Early to Duke?

Duke University offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 10/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Duke is 25%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 8%. In 2021, Duke admitted 852 of the 3451 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Duke Hard To Get Into?

Duke is aextremely difficult school to get into. Duke evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Duke accepted 8% of all applicants., around 3,085 of the 39,603 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Duke, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to Duke?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Duke

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Duke 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Duke must submit the following items. Double check with Duke's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Other Requirements audition tape for dance, drama, or music; slides of work for art
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Duke? At Duke 95% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 99% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. Duke does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Duke does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 60% of Duke's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 60% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Duke?

To be competitive with other Duke applicants, you should strive to earn between 1480 and 1560 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Duke 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1560 and 25% of scored lower than 1480, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Duke students scored 800 or higher and 75% of students scored 720 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Duke students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 720 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Duke?

To be most competitive at Duke, you should strive to earn between 34 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Duke's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 34 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Duke students. Only one out of every four students scored below 34.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Duke University

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Duke.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 15. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Duke during the following terms: Fall Term

Duke Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Duke?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Duke.

Does Duke accept transfer credits?

Duke accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Duke accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Duke accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Duke?

Duke. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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Duke Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Selective

8%

How hard is it to get into Duke? Duke is a selective institution. The Duke acceptance rate is 8%. This means that the institution accepts 7 out of every 100 applicants.

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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 ACT Scores

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ACT Range

34 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above

Good

34 to 35

Avg

34 and Less

Low

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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

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Composite SAT Range

1480 - 1560

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Math SAT Range

750 - 800

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Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

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Duke GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

16,172

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

8%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$60,244

Out-of-State

$60,244

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 3
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