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Durham, North Carolina

Duke Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Duke University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
9.9%
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 10% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. 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. Duke University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. 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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Duke SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

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
Average SAT Score 1500

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 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. The school ranks #1 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 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%
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Duke ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

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
Average ACT Score 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. The school ranks #1 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 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%
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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 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 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 2, 2020
Days left to Apply
50

Applicants have 50 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 2, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Duke before the Jan 2 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

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.