Duke Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Duke University
How hard is it to get into Duke and can I get accepted? The school has a 9% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,189 out of 35,786 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 2 percent. Duke University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 55% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Duke University is a prized outcome for many students.
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Duke SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT53%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||710|
|SAT Math 25th||740|
|SAT Composite 25th||1450|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||770|
|SAT Math 75th||800|
|SAT Composite 75th||1570|
|Average SAT Score||1510|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Duke University?
Duke University typically requires applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1450 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 1390. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 53 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1570 and Above||Good||>14%|
|1510 to 1570||Avg +||9%-14%|
|1450 to 1510||Avg -||5%-9%|
|1390 to 1450||Reach||3%-5%|
|Less than 1390||Low||<3%|
Duke ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT72%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||32|
|ACT Math 25th||31|
|ACT Composite 25th||33|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||35|
|ACT Composite 75th||35|
|Average ACT Score||34|
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 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 72 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Duke University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|35 and Above||Good||>14%|
|34 to 35||Avg +||9%-14%|
|33 to 34||Avg -||5%-9%|
|32 to 33||Reach||3%-5%|
|Less than 32||Low||<3%|
Avg. High School GPA3.94*
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Duke University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Duke University was 3.94 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. 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.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||56%||53%||55%|
What are the requirements for admission to Duke University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
53% of students submit their SAT scores to Duke. 72% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
9% 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.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1450 and 1570. 53% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.