Chances of getting into Duke University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
8.9%
Admission Difficulty for Duke University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

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. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Duke SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1450-1570
Applicants Submitting SAT
53%
SAT Scores for Duke University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 740
SAT Composite 25th 1450
SAT Scores for Duke University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1570
Average SAT Score 1510

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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 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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Duke University admission chances by SAT score
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%
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Duke ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
33-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
72%
ACT Scores for Duke University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 32
ACT Math 25th 31
ACT Composite 25th 33
ACT Scores for Duke University
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Duke University admission chances by ACT score
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%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.94*
Typical High School Grades
A-

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.

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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 18,505 17,281 35,786
Accepted 1,611 1,578 3,189
Acceptance Rate 9% 9% 9%
Enrolled 909 836 1,745
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 56% 53% 55%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 2, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2020.

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.

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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 33 and 35. 72% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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