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.


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We know that guiding students through the college selection process while also catering to individual academic interests can be a juggling act. We are always willing to assist high school counselors with the college admissions process and encourage you to take advantage of the information provided below.

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Cameron Crazies paint themselves before Duke Mens basketball game.


NOV 16, 2020

Early Decision Deadline

JAN 4, 2021

Regular Decision Deadline


The first step for our admissions process is for students to submit an application using either the Common Application or Coalition Application. Both applications include a one-page personal essay as well as short essay questions specific to Duke.


Students who know that Duke is their first choice may apply through our Early Decision program. By applying Early Decision, students must commit to enroll at Duke if they are admitted in December. Regular Decision applicants can apply to as many colleges as they choose and can wait until the spring to make a commitment to the college of their choice. There is an advantage in the admissions process to applying Early Decision. During the 2018-2019 application cycle, we admitted 18% of students who applied Early Decision and 6% of students who applied Regular Decision.


Once we receive the student-submitted portions of our application, students receive an email to access their Application Checklist, which reports application materials that have been received. Required materials include a high school transcript, first quarter and/or midyear grades, SAT or ACT test scores, recommendation letters, and an application fee. Optional application materials include alumni interviews and artistic supplements. We also recommend non-native English speaking students complete an English proficiency test. Counselors, teachers, or other recommendations, may visit the Common Application or Coalition Application for more information about submitting their recommendation letters and other materials.
Enrolling students are required to submit final transcripts by July 6. Please use the Final School Report form and submit through the Common Application or Coalition Application. You may also email a PDF of the transcript to undergrad-admissions@duke.edu. Due to University policies regarding COVID-19, Undergraduate Admissions is not receiving paper mail at this time.

04 - Decision Notification

After thoroughly reviewing each application and making committee-based decisions, we release decisions for our Early Decision notification plan around mid-December. Regular Decision applicants receive notice before April 1. Our college decision deadline is May 1.



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Duke in Your Area


Every fall and late spring, our admissions officers travel throughout the United States and the world to give high school students and families an inside glimpse of the Duke experience. Programs such as Discover Duke and Exploring College Options provide an overview of various academic and research opportunities, campus life, study abroad destinations, and the application and financial aid process. Visit our events calendar to see when Duke will be in your area.

Because all university travel is suspended currently due to COVID-19, regional admissions officers are accommodating requests from school and CBO counselors for virtual visits with groups of high school students. Please contact your regional admissions officer.

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Duke Class of 2023 at the annual class photo during Orientation Week.