The Duke Difference

At Duke University, we look past traditional limitations. Years before it was common, we built a 314,000-square-foot center for interdisciplinary research. We launched an unmatched, immersive service program that has sent 3,200 students to 79 nations in nine years. We collaborate, cooperate, and cross frontiers in search of solutions.

We are one of the most well-known educational institutions in the world, but beyond our conventional excellence, we leave plenty of space for imagination. Duke embraces openness in the pursuit of knowledge and welcomes intellectually restless students who use their talents to put ideas to the test.

We view education not only as a gateway to personal development, but also as a pathway for improving society. Our student are scientists, philosophers, artists, researchers, engineers, writers, historians, athletes, inventors, leaders, and advocates committed to crossing disciplines and connecting the knowledge they gain at Duke to the real world.

Signature Opportunities

Financial Support

Duke is strongly committed to the principle that a student's financial resources should not be a barrier to enrollment. As a result, we pledge to meet every admitted student’s full demonstrated financial need. For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, Duke's admissions policy is "need-blind," which means that applicants are accepted based on their merits, regardless of their ability to pay for college. If you are admitted to Duke, we want to make it possible for you to be here. Our goal is to allow every admitted student to choose us.

Here are some quick facts about Duke’s commitment to access and affordability:

  • Duke’s Net Price Calculator lets you estimate your expected financial aid reward
  • Last year’s average financial aid package was $46,390, 90% of which was grant aid
  • No parent contribution for families with incomes under $60,000
  • Over half of our students receive financial aid from Duke, and half of those families have incomes over $100,000

We invite you to visit our Financial Aid website to learn more about how financial aid works at Duke.

Application Materials and Deadlines

For the most comprehensive overview of Duke’s admissions process, please visit our website.

Students applying to Duke must submit either the Coalition Application OR the Common Application. Duke has no preference for either application, so feel free to choose the application format you like best—what we care about is the content!

Students must apply to either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering.  It is not easier or harder to be admitted to one program or another, so you should pick the school and academic fields that best match your interests.

Duke also has different application timelines to keep in mind:

  • Early Decision
    • Application Due: November 1
    • Admissions Decisions Released: December 15
    • Student Reply Date: January 6
  • Regular Decision
    • Application Due: January 4 (December 20 for priority consideration for alumni interview - student portion only)
    • Admissions Decisions Released: Early April 
    • Student Reply Date: May 1
  • Transfer
    • Application Due: March 15
    • Admissions Decisions Released: Mid-May

Please be aware that Early Decision is a binding program, so you may not apply Early Decision to Duke and to another school with a binding early program. If you are admitted to Duke in Early Decision, you must enroll at Duke and withdraw your applications from other schools to which you have applied.

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