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Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University is located on thousands of acres of land, including 7,000 acres of pine forest, in the Piedmont section of North Carolina. Fifty-seven year-old Duke Chapel is the centerpiece of the Gothic West Campus. Duke's East Campus, the original campus before expansion in the 1920's, was built and refurnished in the Georgian architectural style.One of Duke's unique strengths is in the way it combines the academic facilities of a major research university with the size and atmosphere of a liberal arts institution.

Duke enrolls approximately 6,000 undergraduates and 4,400 graduate and professional students. Total minority population is 12.5%, and Hispanics account for 3%.

Duke's graduate schools in business administration, divinity, engineering, law, the environment, and medicine rank at or near the top of their fields. English graduate and undergraduate programs at Duke thrive, as do the performing arts and student philanthropic activities in the community.

The university's science and research facilities include the Marine Laboratory, the Primate Center (the world's only university-based facility devoted to the study of prosimian primates), the Engineering Research Center for Emerging Cardiovascular Technologies, the Free Electron Laser Laboratory, and the Phytotron. Plans are underway for a multimillion dollar Science Research Center.

US News and the World Report placed Duke seventh in the nation in its ranking of American universities. The university offers a full range of housing options including male, female and coed dormitories, college apartments, and on-campus family housing.

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1838
Affiliation: Methodist
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 6,330
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $3,915,925,000
Admissions Address

2138 Campus Drive, Box 90586
Durham, NC 27708



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 2
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Christoph Guttentag
Admissions office telephone: (919) 684-3214
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 2
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $75
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.admissions.duke.edu/jump/applying/apply.asp Tuition deposit: N/A
Room deposit: N/A
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 3
Science N/A 3
Lab N/A N/A
Foreign language N/A 3
Social studies N/A 3
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: N/A
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Considered
Academic GPA: Considered
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 23%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 31%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 22%
Total applicants: 18,159
Total acceptances: 4,122
Total freshman enrollment: 1,677
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 27%
Male applicants: 8,834
Male acceptances: 2,026
Male freshman enrollment: 848
Female applicants: 9,325
Female acceptances: 2,096
Female freshman enrollment: 829
Out-of-state freshmen: 86%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 89%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 96%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 99%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 49%
Average high school GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 95%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 660 – 760
Math: 690 – 780
Combined: 1350 – 1540

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 58.0% 73.0%
600-699 33.0% 23.0%
500-599 8.0% 3.0%
400-499 1.0% 1.0%
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 31%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 29 – 34
Math: 29 – 34
Composite: 29 – 34

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 N/A N/A N/A
24-29 N/A N/A N/A
18-23 N/A N/A N/A
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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