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Duke University Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Duke University? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 3,566 out of 31,220 applicants or 11% were admitted making Duke University a very competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Only 49% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 15,652 15,568 31,220
Accepted 1,742 1,824 3,566
Acceptance Rate 11% 12% 11%
Enrolled 847 899 1,746
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 49% 49% 49%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Duke University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Duke University regularly accepts students with ACTs of 31 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Duke University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1440 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 1375. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1505 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 67 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.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1440 1570
SAT Reading 720 780
SAT Math 720 800
ACT Composite 31 34
ACT English 30 35
ACT Math 32 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >20%
32 to 34 Avg + 11%-20%
31 to 32 Avg - 8%-11%
30 to 31 Reach 6%-8%
Less than 30 Low <6%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >17%
1505 to 1570 Avg + 11%-17%
1440 to 1505 Avg - 7%-11%
1375 to 1440 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 1375 Low <4%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Duke University has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 2, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Duke University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

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

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

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.



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