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Durham, North Carolina

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Your chances of getting into Duke University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Duke University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Extreme 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Duke is 5.9%.  Its admission rate is the lowest in North Carolina and the 10th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Duke and can you get accepted?

Duke is an extremely competitive school to get into and is highly selective who it accepts. You have a very low chance of acceptance even even if you meet the admission criteria. It's critical that you meet their GPA and SAT/ACT requirements to get past the first round of consideration. Last year, only 2,927 out of the 49,703 who applied were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent (SAT 1468/1558 ACT 33/35). Duke University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.94. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. Of those applicants who were admitted, 60% enrolled. This indicates that the school is a top choice for many students who apply.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Duke University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.94 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1510 on the SAT
  • Score 34 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Duke GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Duke University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Duke are to have around a 3.94 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Duke extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.94 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.94 GPA. If your grades do not meet the GPA requirements, you will have very little chance of being considered for admission.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Duke is 3.94 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #2 in North Carolina for highest average GPA.

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*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.94 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Duke SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Duke University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Duke University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 725
Math 25th Percentile 743
Composite 25th Percentile 1468
SAT Scores for Duke University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 765
Math 75th Percentile 793
Composite 75th Percentile 1558
Average SAT Score 1510

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Duke University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Duke is 1510 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1468-1558. Students who get into Duke University score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  Duke ranks #1 in the state of North Carolina and #20 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1510 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Duke regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1468 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1468, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1430, but scores this low are outside the normal range. 47 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

View other colleges which accept students in the 1510 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1513, you have around a 6% chance of being admitted. A 1558 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 11% chance of getting in.

Duke University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1558 and Above Good >11%
1513 to 1558 Avg + 6%-11%
1468 to 1513 Avg - 3%-6%
1423 to 1468 Reach 2%-3%
Less than 1423 Low <2%
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Duke ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Duke University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 34
Math 25th Percentile 32
Composite 25th Percentile 33
ACT Scores for Duke University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 36
Math 75th Percentile 35
Composite 75th Percentile 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Duke is 34, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 33 and 35.  The school ranks #1 in North Carolina and #18 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 34. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 33 and score in the score in the top 2 percent nationally.

46 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Duke University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Duke for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 34 score has around 6% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 11% with a 35 ACT score.

Duke University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
35 and Above Good >11%
34 to 35 Avg + 6%-11%
33 to 34 Avg - 3%-6%
32 to 33 Reach 2%-3%
Less than 32 Low <2%
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High School Class Rank

95% of Duke University freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. For your application to be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Duke University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 95%
Top 25% of class 99%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Duke University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 26,607 23,096 49,703
Accepted 1,618 1,309 2,927
Acceptance Rate 6% 6% 6%
Enrolled 967 777 1,744
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 60% 59% 60%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 3, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 33 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 3, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Duke University is $85.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Duke University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Duke University Application 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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Duke is extremely competitive, you have a very low likelihood of acceptance. It is critical that you earn at least a 3.94 GPA to have any chance. Additionally, you need to score at least a 1510 on the SAT and optimally 1558 to put yourself in a competitive position. For ACT scores, you should really strive for a 34 to have the best chance of getting in.

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


Does Duke University prefer SAT or ACT?

47% of students submit their SAT scores to Duke. 46% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Duke University?

6% of those who apply are granted admission to Duke. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Duke University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1468 and 1558. The average SAT score is 1513. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Duke University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 33 and 35. The average ACT score is 34. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.