Duke has extended its Early Decision deadline to November 16 in recognition of the impact of COVID-19 and various natural disasters. We also provide fee waivers for students whose financial circumstances make it difficult to pay our application fee. Click here for more information about our application.

Duke’s Statement on COVID-19

Colleges and universities across the country, Duke among them, are responding various ways to the presence of COVID-19.

While this has created new challenges across the university, Duke remains committed to continuing our mission – the critical work of teaching, learning, discovery, and caring for the health of our students, faculty, and staff.

We recognize these actions will prevent you from visiting campus in the many months to come. Our office remains committed to providing information about Duke through our website and virtual tour. We will continue to update our website and social media platforms with any information about the lifting of visit restrictions.

During this unprecedented moment in our university’s history, the Duke community continues to work together in support of our shared values of respect, trust, inclusion, discovery, and excellence.

With new information about COVID-19 developing at a brisk pace, Duke has created a task force that includes leadership from across the University and Duke Health continues to monitor activity in North Carolina and around the world. Their work and other updates can be found at coronavirus.duke.edu.

Should you have any questions, please contact our office by email at undergrad-admissions@duke.edu.

How can I visit duke virtually?

We know spring and summer are popular times to scout out campuses and decide where you’ll apply to college. Since our campus is closed to visitors through August, we are offering VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSIONS that you can view from the comfort of your own home.

Led by an admissions officer, our live 45-minute information sessions include overviews of our academic opportunities, student life, admissions process, and financial aid. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions and hear why we love our vibrant community.

Afterward, check out our VIRTUAL TOUR to view the sights and sounds of campus.

Additionally, admissions officers are available to answer questions Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5 pm by calling 919.684.3214. You can also send any questions to UNDERGRAD-ADMISSIONS@DUKE.EDU. Questions will be answered by admissions officers, or current students if students are available.

Can I register for a campus visit in the fall?

Duke has not yet announced whether or not the campus will be open to visitors this fall.

With new information about COVID-19 developing at a brisk pace, Duke has created a task force that includes leadership from across the University and Duke Health continues to monitor activity in North Carolina and around the world. Their work and other updates can be found at CORONAVIRUS.DUKE.EDU.

We encourage you to check our website this fall or join our mailing list for updated information.

Will courses that have been switched to Pass/Fail grading transfer to Duke?

We understand that many schools are using Pass/Fail grades for classes taken in January-June 2020. We will consider Pass/Fail courses taken during this time period for Duke credit if they were taught as in-person instruction at the beginning of the term.

Is Duke test-optional for transfer students for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle?

Duke University is not test-optional for transfers for the 2020-2021 cycle. We assume that the majority of transfer applicants will have had the opportunity to take SAT or ACT previously for their current university. You can self-report any previous test scores that you would like for us to consider as part of our review. Official test scores must be submitted for all enrolled transfers and must match the information that we previously received. If students have not had the opportunity to take the SAT or ACT previously, we recommend that they take either by the March 2021 test date. If testing is not available or would be challenging or perilous for students to pursue, the admissions committee will give full consideration to all applications using the materials we have received. Applicants will not be penalized for any situations beyond their control. Please explain your reasons for not submitting testing in the Additional Information section of the Common or Coalition Application.

Does Duke accept online courses for transfer credit?

We will only accept online classes from transfer students that were taken during the spring, summer and fall 2020 terms. Additionally, these courses must have been originally structured as face to face courses and only put online due to COVID-19.

Should you have questions, please contact our office at undergrad-admissions@duke.edu or (919) 684-3214.