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Duke Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

9.9%
Admission Difficulty for Duke University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

Can I get into Duke? The school has a 10% acceptance rate. Last year, 3,261 out of 33,077 applicants were admitted making Duke an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 4 percent. Of those applicants who were admitted, 54% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Duke University is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1430-1560
Applicants Submitting SAT
31%
SAT Scores for Duke University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 690
SAT Math 25th 740
SAT Composite 25th 1430
SAT Scores for Duke University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1560
Estimated Average SAT 1500
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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Duke University?

Duke University typically requires applicants to be in the top 3 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1430 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1360. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1500 out of 1600. 31 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Duke University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1560 and Above Good >16%
1495 to 1560 Avg + 10%-16%
1430 to 1495 Avg - 6%-10%
1365 to 1430 Reach 4%-6%
Less than 1365 Low <4%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
31-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
70%
ACT Scores for Duke University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 32
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Duke University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Estimated Average ACT 33
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Duke?

Admission data indicates that Duke regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 29 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 33 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 70 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Duke University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Duke University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >16%
33 to 35 Avg + 10%-16%
31 to 33 Avg - 6%-10%
29 to 31 Reach 4%-6%
Less than 29 Low <4%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Duke University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

High School Class Rank

92% of Duke University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Duke University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 92%
Top 25% of class 98%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Duke University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 16,851 16,226 33,077
Accepted 1,645 1,616 3,261
Acceptance Rate 10% 10% 10%
Enrolled 892 856 1,748
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 54% 53% 54%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 2, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Duke University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Duke University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Duke University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198419 IPEDS survey data for Duke University.