Duke ACT Scores and GPA

What are Duke's average ACT scores and GPA? In this guide, we'll discuss what scores are needed for you to get admitted into Duke. You'll also get to calculate your own chances with our admissions calculator.

Location: Durham, NC

This school is also known as: Duke University

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Duke Admissions Statistics

There are three critical numbers when considering your admissions chances: ACT scores, GPA, and acceptance rate. All these combine to tell you what you scores are required to get into Duke University.


Average ACT: 34

The average ACT score composite at Duke is a 34.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 32, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 35.

In other words, a 32 places you below average, while a 35 will move you up to above average. There's no absolute ACT requirement at Duke, but they really want to see at least a 32 to have a chance at being considered.


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Average GPA: 4.19

The average GPA at Duke is 4.19. This makes Duke Extremely Competitive for GPAs.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. This school did not officially report its average GPA, but we've estimated it here using data from over 1,000 schools.)

With a GPA of 4.19, Duke requires you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants. You should also have taken plenty of AP or IB classes to show your ability to excel in academic challenge.

If you're a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change from this point on. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 4.19, you'll need a higher ACT score to compensate and show that you're prepared to take on college academics. This will help you compete effectively with other applicants.



Admissions Rate: 13%

The acceptance rate at Duke is 13%. In other words, of 100 students who apply, only 13 are admitted.

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This means the school is very selective. Scores are vital to getting past their first round of filters. After that, you will need to impress them beyond just your academic scores.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is extremely selective, getting a high ACT score and GPA is vital to having a chance at getting in. If you don't pass their ACT and GPA requirements, they'll likely reject you without much consideration.

To be safe, you should aim for the 75th percentile, with a 35 ACT and a 4.19 GPA or higher to be above average.

This is only part of the challenge - after this, you'll need to impress them beyond your academic scores, with your accomplishments and extracurriculars. But if you apply with a 34 ACT or below, you unfortunately have a small chance of getting in.



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Other Schools For You

If you're interested in Duke, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to Duke.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are more selective and have higher scores than Duke. If you improve your ACT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 1560 2310 35
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 1520 2221 34
University of Chicago Chicago, IL 1540 2260 34
Columbia University New York, NY 1530 2240 34
Harvard College Cambridge, MA 1540 2250 34
Yale University New Haven, CT 1540 2265 33
Northeastern University Boston, MA 1470 2110 33

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for Duke, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Princeton University Princeton, NJ 1520 2220 33
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 1510 2181 32
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1440 2050 32
Tufts University Medford, MA 1490 2149 32
Brown University Providence, RI 1500 2178 32
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 1490 2150 32
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 1500 2160 32

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for Duke, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If Duke is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 1050 1430 32
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 1440 2060 32
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 1450 2085 32
Georgetown University Washington, DC 1030 1410 32
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1450 2080 31
Emory University Atlanta, GA 1430 2046 31
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 1370 1947 29

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