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Duke Admissions Information

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina (map)


Just a few hours from both the beach and the Appalachian Mountains, Duke University provides students with a stimulating and challenging academic environment. Since it was founded in 1924, Duke has become world-renowned as a top research university with multi-talented students. The school is proud of its diverse community and commitment to real-world learning experiences designed to enhance each student's education. Through DukeEngage, for example, select students are given funding to volunteer for a summer of service, immersed in the U.S. and abroad.

Undergraduate students apply to one of two colleges, the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, or the Pratt School of Engineering. Between the two colleges, more than 40 majors are offered, including the option for students to self-design a new major. Approximately 90% of undergraduate classes have fewer than 35 students, just another way in which Duke offers a personalized education that emphasizes student participation. Set on 8,600 beautiful acres, Duke is divided into West, East and Central campuses, all of which are connected by a free bus service and each of which has its own distinct architecture.



Basic Info

Main Address: 2138 Campus Drive
Box 90586
Durham, NC 27708-0586
Phone Number: (919) 684-3214  
Website: https://www.duke.edu/  


Type of school: Private, Coed  
Type of school: United Methodist Church affiliation  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 6,578  
Percent out-of-state: 85%  
Percent international: 4%  
Female to Male ratio: 49:51  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 11:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
Public Administration and Social Services
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Distance Learning
Honors Program
Independent Study
New York Semester
ROTC (Air Force, Army, Navy)
Semester At Sea
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing
Women's housing
Special housing for disabled students
Men's housing
Apartments for single students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Jazz Band
Marching Band
Musical Theater
Pep Band
Student Newspaper
Television Station
Choral Groups
Film Societies
International Students
Literary Magazine
Music Ensembles
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Voted #2 Best College Library
  • Voted #11 Students Pack the Stadiums
  • Voted #9 Best College Newspaper

Admissions Information

As a highly competitive and prestigious university, Duke attracts a competitive pool of applicants, who are often in the top 10 percent of their high school class. The admissions committee recommends completing four years of English and at least three years of math, science, a foreign language and social studies. In addition, admissions officials highly encourage students to take advanced courses while in high school, whenever possible, and to participate in extracurricular commitments that make a real difference in some way.

Despite a focus on a rigorous curriculum, test scores and recommendations, Duke is not looking for perfection in its students. The admissions office is searching for applicants that make intelligent and interesting decisions, but who are not afraid to err occasionally. In particular, students who understand the value of failure and are able to learn from their mistakes are encouraged to express this in their personal statements.

Admissions address: 2138 Campus Drive
Box 90586
Durham, NC 27708-0586
United States
Phone number: (919) 684-3214  
Fax number: (919) 681-8941  
Admissions Website: https://admissions.duke.edu/  
Email: undergrad-admissions@duke.edu  
Contact Person: Christoph Guttentag, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 18,774  
Percent of applicants admitted: 19%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 2  
Early decision/action deadline: Early Decision, November 1  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes, with school-specific supplement  
Admission requirements: SAT or ACT
2 letters of recommendation from teachers
1 letter from guidance counselor
School and midyear reports
Personal essay

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest selection of scores for all test dates submitted  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 5156  
ACT code: 3088  
Learn more about other Top Pre-Med schools:
Stanford   JHU   University of Washington   UCLA  

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