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Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate92%
Acceptance Rate92%

Duquesne University Admissions

Reach out to Duquesne University's admissions department for more information on applying.

Students who submit their applications to Duquesne University for fall semester should anticipate a decision by September 1.

Duquesne University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Duquesne University's admissions stats.

Duquesne University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 24%
Mean SAT Score 1231
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 34%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 10%
Waitlist Yes

Duquesne University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Duquesne University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 December 1

Applying Early to Duquesne University?

Duquesne University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Duquesne University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 1.

Duquesne University accepts about 83% of early action applicants and 92% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Duquesne University admitted 6,24 of the 7,58 who applied early action.

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

More on Duquesne University Admissions

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into Duquesne University is moderately difficult.

Transferring to Duquesne University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Duquesne University

Duquesne University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Duquesne University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Duquesne University

What does Duquesne University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

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

Make sure to check with Duquesne University for more information on admission factors.

Duquesne University Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Class rank, extracurriculars, talent/ability, character, volunteer work, work experience
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Duquesne University?

Students admitted to Duquesne University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 40% submitted a class rank. At Duquesne University 24% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 52% were in the top 25% and 85% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Duquesne University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 31.56%
3.75 and 3.99 23.47%
3.50 and 3.74 18.23%
3.25 and 3.49 15.05%
3.00 and 3.24 7.44%
2.50 and 2.9 3.68%
2.00 and 2.49 0.49%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Duquesne University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Duquesne University considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Duquesne University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 34% of Duquesne University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 10% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Duquesne University?

To be competitive with other Duquesne University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1160 and 1290 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Duquesne University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1290 and 25% of scored lower than 1160, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Duquesne University student is 1231.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Duquesne University students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Duquesne University students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Duquesne University?

To be most competitive at Duquesne University, you should strive to earn between 24 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Duquesne University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Duquesne University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

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

More Information on Transferring to Duquesne University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Duquesne University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Duquesne University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Duquesne University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Duquesne University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Duquesne University.

Does Duquesne University accept transfer credits?

✅ Duquesne University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

✅ Duquesne University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Duquesne University?

❌ No, Duquesne University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Duquesne University's acceptance rate?

✅ Duquesne University has an acceptance rate of 92%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Duquesne University?

❌ Duquesne University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Duquesne University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Duquesne University was 83% in 2021.

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Duquesne University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Duquesne University? Duquesne University is a somewhat selective institution. The Duquesne University acceptance rate is 92%. This means that the institution accepts 91 out of every 100 applicants.


Duquesne University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Duquesne University is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Duquesne University is Continuous processing.

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

Duquesne University ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


24 to 29


24 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Duquesne University is 27. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Duquesne University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Duquesne University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1160 - 1290


Math SAT Range

560 - 650


Reading SAT Range

580 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1290 and Above


1160 to 1290


1160 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Duquesne University students is 1231. Applicants with SAT scores of 1290 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Duquesne University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1160 to 1290 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1160 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Duquesne University.

Duquesne University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Duquesne University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.8. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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