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Principles of Selection
     James B. Duke, in his Indenture of Trust, requested that ''great care and
discrimination be exercised in admitting as students only those whose previous record
shows a character, determination, and application evincing a wholesome and real
ambition for life.'' Therefore, in considering prospective students, Duke University
looks beyond the basic characteristics of academic competence possessed by the
majority of applicants. It seeks, regardless of race, color, religion, national and ethnic
origin, gender, handicap, sexual orientation or preference, or age, not only evidence of
intellectual promise and maturity of judgment, but also a sense of life beyond the
classroom. Often, this is expressed in the form of special talents and accomplishments; it
is seen consistently in a student's determination to make creative use of the
opportunities and challenges posed by Duke University.
Requirements for Application
    As there are occasionally changes in admission policies or procedures after the
printing deadline for the Bulletin of Duke University: Undergraduate Instruction,
candidates are urged to consult the Bulletin of Duke University: Information for Prospective
Students for specific admissions information, dates, and policies.
    Although there are no inflexible requirements as to subject matter, students are
urged to choose a broad and challenging high school program. Candidates for
admission should present a minimum of four years of English and at least three of
mathematics, natural sciences, a foreign language, and social studies. Applicants to the
Pratt School of Engineering are advised to take four years of mathematics and at least
one year of physics or chemistry. All candidates for first-year standing must complete
either the College Board SAT-I examination or the American College Test (ACT). Those
students who choose to take the SAT-I should also complete three SAT-II exams,
including the SAT-II Writing Subject test. Applicants for the Pratt School of Engineering
should also take any SAT-II test in mathematics (level 1 or 2). Students wishing to
continue study or gain course exemption in a foreign language should complete a
SAT-II or Advanced Placement exam in that language. Even though the foreign
language SAT-II is not required for admissions, we strongly recommend that students
take the test before leaving high school. Students should refer to the undergraduate

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admissions website, at, for the most
recent information on SAT-II requirements for incoming students. The SAT-I and
SAT-II should be taken by October of the senior year for Early Decision applicants and
by January of the senior year for Regular Decision applicants. Students choosing to take
the ACT will not be required to submit SAT-I or II scores; however, the ACT will be used
for admission only, not for placement or exemption. The ACT should be taken by
October of the senior year for Early Decision applicants and by December of the senior
year for Regular Decision applicants.
     Summer Session. Persons who are or were at the time of leaving their home
institutions in good standing in accredited colleges or universities may be admitted for
summer study only by the director of the Summer Session.
     Continuing Education. Admission as a continuing education student at Duke is
limited to adults who live in the Triangle area; Duke graduates; persons who will be
moving into the area and plan to reside here for a substantial period of time, for family
and work reasons; and local high school seniors. These students are given academic
counseling by the Office of Continuing Education; they are subject to most of the
regulations set forth for degree candidates.
Application Procedures
     A Bulletin of Duke University: Information for Prospective Students and an application
may be obtained from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Duke University, Box
90586, Durham, North Carolina 27708-0586. A nonrefundable processing fee of $65 must
accompany the first part of the application. Students who would like to make use of the
Common Application are encouraged to do so. The Common Application is generally
available in secondary school guidance offices. A required supplement to the Common
Application is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or through the
admissions website, at
     A personal interview at Duke is not required for admission; students who find it
possible to visit campus, however, may call to request an interview. Interviews with
local alumni are also available for most applicants when Part I of the Duke application
or the Common Application has been filed by the deadline. On-campus interviews
cannot be granted from mid-December through May, when applications are under
     Regular Decision. Candidates who wish to enter Duke as first-year students must
submit a completed application no later than January 2 of their senior year in secondary
school. Decisions are mailed from the university in early April, and accepted candidates
are expected to reserve a place in the class by May 1 with a nonrefundable deposit of
     Early Decision. Students for whom Duke is a clear first choice may apply for Early
Decision. Candidates who apply for Early Decision are required to sign a statement
confirming their commitment to enroll at Duke if they are admitted in the Early Decision
process and to withdraw applications from other colleges and universities as soon as
they learn of their admission to Duke. Students may apply to only one school under a
binding Early Decision plan. Duke reserves the right to withdraw the applications of
students accepted to other schools under binding Early Decision plans. Secondary
school counselors and parents are also asked to sign the Early Decision agreement.
Students who are denied admission under the Early Decision program may not reapply
for admission under the Regular Decision program.

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     Students applying for Early Decision should submit a completed application by
November 1. The SAT I and II or the ACT examinations should be taken no later than
October of the senior year. Early Decision applicants who have not completed their
standardized tests may be deferred to Regular Decision. Applicants are notified of their
status–admit, defer, or deny–by mid-December. Admitted students pay a
nonrefundable deposit of $500 by January 2. The credentials of candidates who are
deferred are considered along with candidates for Regular Decision. Deferred students
are no longer bound by the early decision agreement and are free to accept offers of
admission from other colleges and universities.
     This plan is designed to give well-qualified students who know Duke is their first
choice a means of indicating that commitment to the university and of receiving a
decision early enough to eliminate the necessity of applying to several colleges.
     Midyear Admission. A midyear (January) admission program has not been offered
to first-year students for a number of years and there are no current plans to reinstate
one. When offered, midyear admission has allowed students to begin their college work
a semester early or to postpone matriculation for a semester.
     Transfer Admission. Transfer admission from other accredited institutions may be
arranged for a limited number of students each semester. Because the transcript of at
least one full year of academic work is preferred by the Admissions Committee, and
because transfer students are required to spend their last two years at Duke, most
candidates apply to Duke during their first or second year of college. Candidates must
submit completed application forms, official transcripts of all work completed at other
accredited colleges, high school records, scores on the SAT-I or ACT, and employment
records if there has been an extended period of employment since graduation from
secondary school. See the section on transfer credit in the chapter "Academic Procedures
and Information."
     September (fall semester) transfer students submit a completed application by
March 15, learn of their decisions by May 15, and respond to the university by June 1
with a nonrefundable deposit of $400, or $500 if housing is requested. January transfer
students submit a completed application by October 15, learn of their decisions by
November 15, and reply to the university by December 1. January transfer is not
available to students in their first year of college.
    Summer Session. Registration forms and schedules of courses may be obtained by
writing or calling the Office of the Summer Session, Box 90059, Duke University,
Durham, North Carolina 27708-0059, (919) 684-2621. No application fee is required.
    Continuing Education. Applications may be obtained from the Office of
Undergraduate Admissions and must be returned to that office, accompanied by a $35
application fee, by August 1 for the fall semester and by December 1 for the spring
    A certain grade point average over four courses must be attained before a
nondegree student may apply for degree candidacy. More detailed information on
nondegree course work through continuing education is available from the Office of
Continuing Education, Box 90700, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
     A student who desires to return, following withdrawal from college, should apply
directly to the appropriate college or school. (See the section on readmission procedures
in the chapter ''Academic Procedures and Information.'')

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