Duke Admissions Announcements

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 summer for updated information.

If my school(s) are closed, how do I submit my official transcript(s)?

As long your application (either the Coalition Application or Common Application) is submitted by the deadline, your application will be considered as on time. Additional materials including transcripts may be submitted subsequently. Due to high school and college closures, this year only, we will allow students to submit unofficial or self-reported transcripts.

In the interest of time, we recommend sending unofficial transcripts.

Unofficial transcripts or a screenshot of your transcript can be emailed to undergrad-admissions@duke.edu. If you do not have unofficial transcripts and instead need to self-report your classes and grades, you can create your own. You may want to use this free site https://ssar.selfreportedtranscript.com/Login.aspx.  However, just as with self-reported test scores, official transcripts must be submitted this summer for all enrolled transfers and must match the information that we previously received.

What if my recommenders will be unable to submit their letters?

As long your application (either the Coalition Application or Common Application) is submitted by the deadline, it will be considered as on time and additional materials including letters of recommendation may be submitted subsequently. Your recommenders can submit their letters via the Coalition Application or Common Application. Or, they can email their letters directly to the admissions office at undergrad-admissions@duke.edu.

Applicants will not be penalized for any situations beyond their control, and the admissions committee will give full consideration to all applications using the materials we have received.

My March 14 SAT test date was cancelled. Can I still apply as a transfer student?

Yes. Applicants will not be penalized for any situations beyond their control, and the admissions committee will give full consideration to all applications using the materials we have received. 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 this summer for all enrolled transfers and must match the information that we previously received.

I was planning to visit campus this spring. What options are there for transfer applicants to learn more about Duke?

We regret that COVID-19 restrictions prevent us from being able to greet you in person. We recommend our virtual tour as a way to see Duke.

Additionally, admissions officers are available to answer questions Monday though Friday from 8:30am – 5pm 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.

Will the transfer notification date be changed because of COVID-19?

No. We anticipate that we will still release admissions decisions by mid-May. You will receive e-mail correspondence from us letting you know how to check your decision online.

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.

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