Admitted Students

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Welcome Class of 2025!

Welcome, Future Blue Devil! Congratulations on your acceptance to Duke’s Class of 2025. Your many successes inside and outside of the classroom have earned you a place among the world’s best students.

Please use this website as a guide as you explore the next steps in transitioning to your college experience at Duke University.

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Confirm Your Enrollment

Are you ready to make it official? Log into your portal today.

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Be on the lookout for messages to connect with your first-year class virtually. In April, we’ll invite you to our online admitted student platform, D.U.K.E.

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Visit Virtually

Join us for a virtual information session led by a Duke Admissions Officer, then take our virtual campus tour.

Make Duke Possible

Duke remains committed to making all students’ education affordable.

What is Duke's Response to COVID-19?

With campus visits and activities on hold, we hope you’ll visit with us virtually.

Duke’s campus is closed to visitors until further notice. Admissions staff will not be available to answer questions in person. Please visit for updates and FAQs from our office. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to formally welcome you to our spirited community in the future.

In accordance with University policy, all on-campus recruitment activities hosted by Undergraduate Admissions, including information sessions, tours, and open houses, have been canceled at least through late spring 2021, to protect the health of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as our prospective visitors. We do not know when we might again offer in-person visit opportunities for prospective students. For this reason, we discourage you from planning a visit to campus, even on your own, at this time. When we have a reopening date, we will post it on our website and social media.


Are you ready to make it official? Log into your portal today.


We encourage you to explore our admitted students website and view the recordings of the webinars we created especially for admitted students.

You may also join us for a virtual information session and virtual campus tour.

I have questions about my need-based financial aid package. Whom should I contact?

Check out this FAQ or email


How do I know if I’m eligible for a merit scholarship?

All finalists for Duke’s limited merit scholarships will be notified in March 2021. Please note that fewer than 5% of admitted students will receive Duke merit scholarships.


We will accept Midyear and Final School Reports through the Common or Coalition Application or submitted by counselors/school officials via email.


Duke University awards a limited amount of course credit and advanced placement on the basis of scores earned on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and pre-matriculation college course work. However, course credit and advanced placement are not granted until the student has been admitted and until the official reports are received and evaluated by our Registrar’s Office. Since this process is handled outside the Admissions Office, a credit evaluation cannot be made until the student arrives on campus. For more information, visit

Can you provide any information about student visas?

We will process I-20s as usual in the hope that international students will be able to secure visas and enter the United States.

My (AP/IB/A level and other national exams) have been cancelled. How will Duke assess my academic performance?

For admissions purposes, we will accept final school reports in lieu of these exams. Pass/fail grades are fine. We do not yet know about any changes for placement or credit.

If my family’s financial situation has changed and I will now need financial aid in order to attend Duke. Is there a process for this?

We are not able to offer need-based aid to foreign citizens unless they indicated they were seeking aid in their admissions applications. For those students eligible for need-based aid, we continue to be committed to meeting full demonstrated need for all four years of their undergraduate education, even if the amount of that need changes while students are at Duke. If you have questions about your financial aid award, please contact Duke’s Office of Undergraduate Financial Support via email at


As you prepare for college, you may find yourself wanting to explore other interests such as personal and professional development, religious or mission work, travel, or required military service. Generally, Duke students do a one-year gap, but depending on the request we can approve up to two years.

To request a gap year/deferred enrollment:

  • Enroll at Duke University through your student portal (no deposit required).
  • Send your gap year/deferred enrollment request to, with the subject line “Gap Year/Deferred Enrollment Request” no later than August 16.
  • In your request email, tell us how you will be spending the year by including a summary of your planned activities. Specify in your request that you agree to each of the following four conditions and be sure to include those conditions in the body of your email.

If you choose to defer enrollment, you must accept the following conditions:

  • You agree not to apply for admission to any other college or university during the remainder of this year or during the coming year.
  • You may not enroll at another college or university during your gap year with the expectation of receiving Duke credit for those courses. You may not enroll in a post-graduate program at a secondary school.
  • If you do take any college courses during your gap year, you cannot retake those courses at Duke.
  • You continue to abide by both the Conditions of Application and the conditions mentioned in the next to last paragraph of your letter of admission.

Duke offers a unique funding opportunity for some students pursuing gap years. For more information go to The Duke Gap Year Program Website.


There are few opportunities in life to take a meaningful amount of time to reflect and explore. With this in mind, we launched the Duke Gap Year Program, where students will join a cohort of other future Blue Devils. Members of the Duke Gap Year Program may also be eligible to receive financial assistance to support their gap year plans.

A gap year is your opportunity to catch your breath for a year, gain some perspective, make a difference in a community near or far, grow as a person, and be better prepared for all that college has to offer, all with financial support from Duke.

Students do not have to request funding to join the Gap Year Program, but do need to have well-defined gap year plans that emphasize growth and exploration.

Read more about the Duke Gap Year Program

Although our physical offices are closed, Undergraduate Admissions staff are working remotely. You may email us at, or for urgent matters call us at 919-684-3214.

This information is accurate as of 12/1/2020 but is subject to change. Duke will provide updates to all admitted students of any changes.

The Focus Program

Interdisciplinary seminars for first-year students
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Duke Gap Year Program

Gap year funding for admitted students
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Bass Connections

Working collaboratively, contribute to interdisciplinary research
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Study Abroad

Duke administers over 40 of its own study away programs
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Because all first-years live together on East Campus, it’s comforting that you can turn to anyone in your dorm or anyone in the first-year dining hall and know that they’re going through the same things as you.
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Academic Life


At Duke, you’ll be surrounded by some of the world’s brightest minds. But you won’t just be studying among them—you’ll be working with them. After all, the world’s toughest problems are solved by interdisciplinary exploration, unconventional thinking, and serious collaboration.
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Campus Life

It's a Duke Thing

There’s a palpable energy on campus. Maybe that’s because students are often on the move. Buzzing from the research lab to the studio, from maker’s spaces to Duke Forest trails—no two students’ days ever look quite the same.
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Home sweet home

It’s impossible to describe the bonds between Duke and Durham. With rich culture and boundless innovation both at Duke and in the City of Medicine, we are proud of our hometown.

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Move In Day

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New Student Orientation

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