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 17,000 students are enrolled at Duke University.

The majority of students admitted to Duke University got an SAT score between 2040 - 2330, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 30 - 34. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Duke University average GPA ranges from 3.82 to 4 for accepted students. Only 13 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 2015 will be around 15%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at admissions.duke.edu.

Overall Duke University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for Duke University was reported as 13.4% in Fall 2012 with over 30,400 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

  • SAT Scores: 2040 - 2330
  • ACT Scores: 30 - 34
  • Average GPA: 3.82 - 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

  • 2008-2009: 22.4%
  • 2009-2010: 18.9%
  • 2010-2011: 16.5%
  • 2011-2012: 14.0%
  • 2012-2013: 13.4%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 15.4%

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 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
North Carolina Central University50.3%
Elon University54.0%
Campbell University69.8%
North Carolina A & T State University69.6%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro60.0%

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 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Duke University (Fall 2012)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading670 - 760
Math690 - 790
Writing680 - 780
Total Score2040 - 2330
ACT®Score Range
English30 - 35
Math31 - 35
Composite Score30 - 34
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