Duke University Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

Duke University was founded in 1838 as Union Institute, an effort to unite Methodists and Quakers in the area. It was later renamed to Trinity College in 1859, and then Duke University in 1924 when James B. Duke gave a generous endowment to the school. Since then, Duke has experienced immense growth and development. The university now encompasses nine different schools that offer undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. In addition to its academic programs, Duke is also renowned for its athletics program. The Blue Devils have won numerous NCAA championships across a range of sports including basketball, lacrosse and tennis. The university is also highly regarded for its commitment to research and innovation, with partnerships with leading institutions such as NASA and the National Institutes of Health. The university continues to strive for excellence in all areas of education, research and service. It is dedicated to creating an environment where students can grow intellectually without sacrificing their values or beliefs.

Duke University, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of Duke University. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about Duke University, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

Duke University is an incredibly competitive school, and its admissions statistics reflect that. In 2020, Duke had a total of 42,717 applicants and accepted only 2,351 of them. This gives Duke an acceptance rate of just 5.5%. While this may seem low, it is actually fairly typical for a top-tier university such as Duke. Of those accepted, the admitted students had an average SAT score of 1520 and an average ACT score of 34. Additionally, the middle 50% range for GPA was 3.91 to 4.0, indicating that the majority of admitted students achieved grades well above a 4.0 in their high school coursework. Furthermore, Duke accepted students from all 50 states as well as from over 80 countries around the world and over 25% of those admitted were first-generation college students or were eligible for Pell Grants. These admissions statistics demonstrate how highly selective Duke University is when admitting new students each year and how diverse its student body truly is.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 16%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 16%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 25,462
Female applicants 13,260
Male applicants 12,202
Applicants accepted 4,196
Female applicants accepted 2,187
Male applicants accepted 2,009
Freshman enrollment 1,751
Female freshman enrollment 894
Male freshman enrollment 857
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list Yes
Applicants placed on wait list N/A
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list N/A

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 44%

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA N/A
Average high school GPA N/A
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range N/A
GPA breakdown N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 84%
SAT Critical Reading average score N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 660-750
SAT Math average score N/A
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 690-780
SAT Writing average score N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 670-770
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range 8-10

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 41%
Average ACT Composite score N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 30-34
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 30-35
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 29-35