Checklist and Deadlines

Application Checklist and Deadlines

When evaluating applications to Duke, the admissions committee reviews several documents that make up each file. As a part of our holistic approach, we consider both your academic and personal interests, what you’ve accomplished, and your unique experiences, perspectives, and background.

Before you begin to prepare your application, review our application requirements.

The dates below represent the 2020-2021 admission cycle deadlines.

Early Decision

Mid-August

November 16

  • Application for Early Decision
  • Early Decision Agreement
  • High School Transcript (will accept through November 20)
  • First Quarter Grades (will accept through November 20 or when your first term ends)
  • Secondary School Report with Counselor Recommendation (will accept through November 20)
  • Two Teacher Recommendations (will accept through November 20)
  • SAT and/or ACT Scores (optional, last day to take standardized tests is November 7)
  • Arts Supplement (optional)
  • Financial Aid Forms

Mid-December

  • Decisions released

Regular Decision

Mid-August

December 20

  • Application Deadline (student portion only) for alumni interview priority consideration

January 4

  • Application for Regular Decision
  • High School Transcript
  • Secondary School Report with Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations
  • SAT and/or ACT Scores (optional, standardized tests must be taken by January 31)
  • Arts Supplement (optional)

February 1

February 15

  • Midyear Grade Report (or as soon as first marking period grades are available)

Late March

  • Decisions released

Transfer Students

Mid-August

March 15

  • Application for transfer admission
  • High School Transcript
  • College Transcript
  • School Report
  • Two Teacher Recommendations (At least one recommendation must be from a college instructor.)
  • Financial Aid Forms

March 20

  • SAT and/or ACT Scores (The latest date for the SAT Reasoning Test is December 1. Transfer applicants are not required to submit SAT Subject Tests.)
  • Arts Supplement (optional)

Mid-May

  • Decisions Released

May-June

  • Final College Transcript (upon completion of final college term)

June 5

  • Student Reply Date