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Duquesne University Admission Requirements

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Your chances of getting into Duquesne University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

87.5%
Admission Difficulty for Duquesne University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Duquesne University is 87.5%.  Its admission rate is the 77th lowest in Pennsylvania.

Admission Selectivity

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

Duquesne University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 10,828 out of the 12,376 who applied were admitted.

Duquesne University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.8. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Duquesne University?

87% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

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

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.8 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1250 on the SAT
  • Score 28 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

Duquesne University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.8

Typical High School Grades 

A-

What GPA do you need to get into Duquesne University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Duquesne University are to have around a 3.8 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.8 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Duquesne University accepts 87% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Duquesne University is 3.8 on the 4.0 scale. 32% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. 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 #10 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Duquesne University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Duquesne University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 31.56% Good
3.75 to 3.99 23.47% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 18.23% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.05% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 7.44% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 3.68% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.49% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.08% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Duquesne University SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Duquesne University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 28% of students submitted SAT scores and 7% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1160-1330

Applicants Submitting SAT 

28%
SAT Scores for Duquesne University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 590
Math 25th Percentile 570
Composite 25th Percentile 1160
SAT Scores for Duquesne University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 670
Math 75th Percentile 660
Composite 75th Percentile 1330
Average SAT Score 1250

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Duquesne University is 1250 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1160-1330. Students who get into Duquesne University score in the top 31 percent of all SAT test takers..  Duquesne University ranks #17 in the state of Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1250 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Duquesne University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1160 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1160, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1070, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Duquesne University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1250 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 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 1245, you have around a 87% chance of being admitted. A 1330 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 93% chance of getting in.

Duquesne University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1330 and Above Good >93%
1245 to 1330 Avg + 87%-93%
1160 to 1245 Avg - 78%-87%
1075 to 1160 Reach 65%-78%
Less than 1075 Low <65%
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Duquesne University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

25-31 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

7%
ACT Scores for Duquesne University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 24
Math 25th Percentile 24
Composite 25th Percentile 25
ACT Scores for Duquesne University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 31
Math 75th Percentile 29
Composite 75th Percentile 31
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Duquesne University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Duquesne University is 28, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 25 and 31.  The school ranks #17 in Pennsylvania and #227 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 28. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 25 and score in the score in the top 22 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 22.

7 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Duquesne University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Duquesne University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Duquesne University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 28 score has around 87% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 93% with a 31 ACT score.

Duquesne University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >93%
28 to 31 Avg + 87%-93%
25 to 28 Avg - 78%-87%
22 to 25 Reach 65%-78%
Less than 22 Low <65%
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High School Class Rank

52% of Duquesne University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 24% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Duquesne University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 24%
Top 25% of class 52%
Top 50% of class 85%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

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

Duquesne University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,883 4,399 12,376
Accepted 6,967 3,808 10,828
Acceptance Rate 88% 87% 87%
Enrolled 925 516 1,441
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 14% 13%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 15, 2024

Days left to Apply

116

Applicants have 116 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Duquesne University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

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

Duquesne University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Duquesne University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Duquesne University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.8 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1250 and ACT of 28 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=212106 IPEDS survey data for Duquesne University.

FAQs

Does Duquesne University prefer SAT or ACT?

28% of students submit their SAT scores to Duquesne University. 7% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Duquesne University?

87% of those who apply are granted admission to Duquesne University. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Duquesne University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1160 and 1330. The average SAT score is 1245. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Duquesne University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 31. The average ACT score is 28. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.