Duke University (NC)

Common Application



Early Decision: Nov. 1, 2016 
Regular Decision: Jan. 3, 2017 

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please          share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn             from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                        importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Supplemental Essay Questions:

l   If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as a first year applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular     about Duke that attracts you? (Please limit your response to no more than 150 words.)

l   (Optional) Duke University seeks a talented, engaged student body that embodies the wide range of human experience; we believe that the diversity of our students makes our             community stronger. If you'd like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understand you better - perhaps related to a community you belong to, your      sexual orientation or gender identity, or your family or cultural background - we encourage you to do so. Real people are reading your application, and we want to do our best to         understand and appreciate the real people applying to Duke. (250 words limit)


Documents Required:
  • $85 Application Fee or Waiver 
  • Official score reports from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score reports for 2 SAT Subject Tests
  • Official score report for TOEFL or IELTS
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-Year School Report
  • 2 Academic Teacher Evaluations.
  • Supplements required: School-specific Arts (if you would like to have your special talent in one or more of the arts considered as part of the admission process)

Other Information 
Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions
               Campus Drive Box 90586 
               Durham, NC 27708 

Phone: 919-684-3214 (Admissions Office) 
Fax: 919-681-8941
Application Info: http://www.admissions.duke.edu/index.html

SAT/TOEFL Code: 5156
ACT Code: 3088