Application deadline for Regular Decision is Thursday, January 2, 2020.

What We Look For

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What We Look For

Duke offers a multitude of opportunities to its undergraduates. We’re looking for students ready to respond to those opportunities intelligently, creatively, and enthusiastically. We like ambition and curiosity, talent and persistence, energy and humanity.

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First year students waving their arms in the air with peer advisors
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We’re looking for students ready to respond to those opportunities intelligently, creatively, and enthusiastically. We like ambition and curiosity, talent and persistence, energy and humanity.

We’re guided initially by our assessment of six primary factors:

  • The rigor of a candidate’s academic program
  • Academic performance as measured by grades in academic courses
  • Standardized test scores
  • Letters of recommendation from two teachers and a counselor
  • Extracurricular activities
  • The quality of thought and expression in the application essay

SAT SCORES

1500-1560
middle 50% range SAT scores for accepted students

DEMOGRAPHICS

65%
students have attended public schools

GEOGRAPHY

12%
of students are international
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First year advisors welcome students on Move-in Day.
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Required

LONG ESSAY

Get creative, be concise, and don't forget to proof read.
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Required

SHORT ESSAY

Tell us your "Why Duke".
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Optional

PERSONAL ESSAY

Craft your short writing as carefully as the longer personal essay.
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