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Duke Admission Requirements

Durham, North Carolina

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Chances of getting into Duke University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
8%
Admission Difficulty for Duke University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Elite 
Applicant Competition Extreme 
How hard is it to get into Duke and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Duke is 8%.  It ranks #1 in North Carolina and #10 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Duke is extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Last year, 3,068 out of 39,639 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 1 percent (SAT 1470/1570 ACT 34/35). 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. Of those applicants who were admitted, 51% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Duke University is a prized outcome for many students.

The Duke application fee is $85 and applications are due by Jan 2.

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.

Duke SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1470-1570
Applicants Submitting SAT 
53%
SAT Scores for Duke University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 720
SAT Math 25th 750
SAT Composite 25th 1470
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 1520

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Duke University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 100 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1470 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 1420. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1520 out of 1600. Duke ranks #1 in North Carolina and #8 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 53 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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%
1520 to 1570 Avg + 8%-14%
1470 to 1520 Avg - 4%-8%
1420 to 1470 Reach 2%-4%
Less than 1420 Low <2%
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Duke ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
34-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
72%
ACT Scores for Duke University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 35
ACT Math 25th 32
ACT Composite 25th 34
ACT Scores for Duke University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
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 34 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 1 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 34 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 and #13 in the U.S. 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Duke University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
35 and Above Good >24%
34 to 35 Avg + 8%-24%
34 to 34 Avg - 8%-8%
34 to 34 Reach 8%-8%
Less than 34 Low <8%
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Duke GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into Duke University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Duke. 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 #5 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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*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.94 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

95% 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 95%
Top 25% of class 99%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Duke University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 19,459 20,180 39,639
Accepted 1,510 1,558 3,068
Acceptance Rate 8% 8% 8%
Enrolled 775 805 1,580
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 51% 52% 51%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 2, 2023
Days left to Apply
27

Applicants have 27 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 2, 2023.

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

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

FAQs

Does Duke University prefer SAT or ACT?

53% of students submit their SAT scores to Duke. 72% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Duke University?

8% 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 1470 and 1570. 53% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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 34 and 35. 72% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.