Younger than most other prestigious U.S. research universities, Duke University consistently ranks among the very best. Duke's home campus is situated on nearly 9,000 acres in Durham, N.C, a city of more than 275,000 people. More than 75 percent of Duke students pursue service-learning opportunities in Durham and around the world through DukeEngage and other programs that advance the university's mission of "Knowledge in the Service of Society."

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Social Science

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Community Service

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


We’re looking for students ready to respond to opportunities intelligently, creatively and enthusiastically. We like ambition and curiosity, talent and persistence, energy and humanity. We're guided initially by our assessment of six primary factors: the rigor of a candidate's academic program; academic performance as measured by grades in academic courses; letters of recommendation from two teachers and a counselor; extracurricular activities; the quality of thought and expression in the application essay; standardized test scores.


If you have attended any college or university in the past four years and will have successfully completed at least one full year of transferrable college work by the August in which you hope to enroll, you qualify to apply to Duke as a transfer applicant. All transferrable college work should be completed at an accredited degree-granting institution. College work completed at a vocational, technical, performance, or professional program will not be considered.

Visit us

Duke offers high school students and their families a variety of opportunities to explore undergraduate life at Duke, with information sessions and tours offered throughout the year. Visit for more information and to register.

"Throughout our history, each iteration of Duke University has risen with purpose to meet the great challenges of its day and seeded the ground for the grander things to come."

Vincent Price, President

Admissions office

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School location

Box 90586
Durham, NC 27708, United States of America

Phone number

(919) 684-3214