Duke University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate, and; More

Duke University
Duke University. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Duke University, with an 11 percent acceptance rate in 2016, is one of the most selective universities in the country. Successful applicants will need grades and standardized test scores well above average, as well as strong writing skills, and a well-rounded resume. In addition to submitting an application, students will need to send in scores from the SAT or ACT, two teacher recommendations, and a high school transcript.


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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Duke University Acceptance Rate: 11 percent
  • Duke GPA, SAT and ACT Score Graph
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 680 / 770
    • SAT Math: 700 / 800
    • ACT Composite: 31 / 34
    • ACT English: 32 / 35
    • ACT Math: 30 / 35

Duke University Description

Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is one of the most prestigious and competitive universities in the south, and it frequently ranked nationally among the top ten universities. Duke is part of the “research triangle” with UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The area boasts the highest concentration of PhDs and MDs in the world.

Duke's strengths in research and instruction have earned it membership in the Association of American Universities, and its strong liberal arts and sciences earned Duke a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

The Duke Blue Devils compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 15,735 (6,609 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 50% Male / 50% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,265
  • Books: $1,260 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,438
  • Other Expenses: $2,206
  • Total Cost: $69,169

Duke Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 63 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 45 percent
    • Loans: 39 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $47,055
    • Loans: $6,167

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Economics, English, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy
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Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 86 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 95 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Tennis, Wrestling, Basketball, Fencing, Track, and Field, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, and Diving
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball, Swimming and Diving, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Fencing

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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