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Duquesne University Admission Requirements

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chances of getting into Duquesne University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
71.8%
Admission Difficulty for Duquesne University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into Duquesne University and can I get accepted? The school has a 72% acceptance rate ranking it #53 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,392 out of 7,505 applicants were admitted making Duquesne University a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 32 percent. Duquesne University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Duquesne University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1130-1290
Applicants Submitting SAT
74%
SAT Scores for Duquesne University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for Duquesne University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1290
Average SAT Score 1210

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Duquesne University typically requires applicants to be in the top 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 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 1050. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1210 out of 1600. The school ranks #16 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 74 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Duquesne University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1290 and Above Good >81%
1210 to 1290 Avg + 72%-81%
1130 to 1210 Avg - 60%-72%
1050 to 1130 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 1050 Low <47%
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Duquesne University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
24-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
35%
ACT Scores for Duquesne University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for Duquesne University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Duquesne University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #14 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 35 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Duquesne University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Duquesne University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >83%
26 to 29 Avg + 72%-83%
24 to 26 Avg - 63%-72%
22 to 24 Reach 52%-63%
Less than 22 Low <52%
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Duquesne University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.7
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Duquesne University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Duquesne University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Duquesne University was 3.7 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #11 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Duquesne University accepts 72% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Duquesne University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 45% Good
3.50 to 3.75 20% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 17% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 11% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 7% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

High School Class Rank

60% of Duquesne University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Duquesne University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 27%
Top 25% of class 60%
Top 50% of class 89%
Bottom 50% of class 11%
Bottom 25% of class 2%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Duquesne University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,971 2,534 7,505
Accepted 3,513 1,879 5,392
Acceptance Rate 71% 74% 72%
Enrolled 959 553 1,512
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 29% 28%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jul 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jul 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

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

Duquesne University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
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 Duquesne University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
F
Franciscan University of Steubenville

Steubenville, Ohio

J
John Carroll University

University Heights, Ohio

O
Otterbein University

Westerville, Ohio

M
Messiah College

Grantham, Pennsylvania

E
Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

L
Lebanon Valley College

Annville, Pennsylvania

H
Howard University

Washington, District Of Columbia

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?

74% of students submit their SAT scores to Duquesne University. 35% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Duquesne University?

72% of those who apply are granted admission to Duquesne University. Admission competition is low 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 1130 and 1290. 74% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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 24 and 29. 35% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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