Duke University

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Duke University can be found in Durham, NC, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Approximately 18,000 students are enrolled at Duke University.

The majority of students admitted to Duke University got an SAT score between 1480 - 1570, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 33 - 35. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Duke University average GPA ranges from 4.00 to 4 for accepted students. Only 8 percent of applicants are accepted to this school due to the large number of applicants and the increase competition for enrollment. When applying historical data, we have projected that the Duke University acceptance rate 2021 will be around 8%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at admissions.duke.edu.

Overall Duke University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Duke University was reported as 7.7% in Fall 2020 with over 41,500 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 33 - 35
  • Average GPA: 4.00 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Duke University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Duke University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Duke University has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 10.8%
  • 2017-2018: 9.9%
  • 2018-2019: 8.9%
  • 2019-2020: 7.7%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 8.2%

How Does Duke University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Duke University is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
North Carolina Central University68.0%
Elon University78.4%
Campbell University77.7%
North Carolina A & T State University58.3%
High Point University74.6%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Duke University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading720 - 770
Math760 - 800
Total Score1480 - 1570
ACT®Score Range
English34 - 36
Math32 - 35
Composite Score33 - 35
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