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Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate88%

Duquesne University Admissions

Duquesne University is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 88% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 12,282 applications received in 2023, 10,775 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Duquesne University, the regular decision application deadline is August 15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Duquesne University for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than November 1.

Duquesne University Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Duquesne University 2023 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 28%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 7%
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
Regular Decision Yes 8 15 November 1

Want to Apply 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 around 87% of early action applicants and 88% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Duquesne University admitted 7,349 of the 8,468 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early to help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Duquesne University Admissions

How To Get Into Duquesne University

Getting into Duquesne University is moderately difficult. Duquesne University has open admissions, which means admission is not competitive and any applicants that met the basic requirements can enroll.

In 2022, Duquesne University accepted 88% of students, approximately 10,775 from 12,282 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Duquesne University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Biomedical Engineering is program very difficult.

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

Transferring to Duquesne University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

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 determines which factors are they consider 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 shine.

Admissions Factors at Duquesne University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Duquesne University 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
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Application Essay Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
State Residency Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation 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. Make sure to check in 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 Self reported is accepted at the application stage: class rank, extra-curricular activities, talent/ability, character, volunteer work, work experience.
Transcript(S) of College Record
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, 47% submitted a class rank. At Duquesne University 24% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 54% were in the top 25% and 86% 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 36.81%
3.75 and 3.99 24.33%
3.50 and 3.74 19.57%
3.25 and 3.49 10.28%
3.00 and 3.24 5.25%
2.50 and 2.9 2.84%
2.00 and 2.49 0.85%

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 has 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, 28% of Duquesne University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 7% 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 strive to score between 1170 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Duquesne University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1170, 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 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Duquesne University students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

To be most competitive at Duquesne University, you should strive to earn between 25 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Duquesne University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

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

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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer 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. Duquesne University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Duquesne University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) 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 your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Duquesne University's acceptance rate?

✅ Duquesne University's acceptance rate is 88%.

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 87% 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 88%. This means that the institution accepts 87 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1170 - 1330


Math SAT Range

570 - 660


Reading SAT Range

590 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1330 and Above


1170 to 1330


1170 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Duquesne University students is 1231. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Duquesne University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1170 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1170 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 3.85. 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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