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Duke University

Entry requirements


All applicants for the first-year class, whether educated in the United States or abroad, are required to complete the full testing requirements. The SAT and ACT tests are given throughout the year at testing centers around the world. In Duke's application process, SAT and ACT scores are not viewed as the sole measure of a student's academic ability. Results of national examinations such as the GCSE cannot be substituted for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or ACT.

Duke recommends but does not require the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for non-native English speakers who feel their TOEFL or IELTS scores might represent their English ability better than their SAT or ACT scores do.


Students seeking to do graduate work at Duke University for degree purposes must hold a US bachelor's degree or the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

How to apply


A complete application consists of various documents, some of which have different deadlines. To open an application file, you must submit the Common Application or Universal College Application. The application will ask you to provide biographical and academic information, to detail your extracurricular activities and to do a bit of personal essay writing. It also includes forms for school officials to complete on your behalf. It is acceptable if your school forms and/or teacher recommendations are submitted on paper, even though your portion of the application will be submitted online.


An application should be submitted online. Required Documents and Information:

  • Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • GRE scores
  • English language proficiency test scores (if English is not your first language)
  • GPA
  • Writing samples (only required by certain departments)
  • Departmental requirements

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