Duke University


Mailing Address: Durham, North Carolina 27708

Rank on 2008 List: 31

Rank on 2006 List: 14

Average GPA: N/A

Matriculation Rate of African Americans: 86%

Total Enrollment: 6,294

African American Enrollment: 597

Number of Applications: 20,500

*Average SAT Scores: Reading: 650-760; Math: 680-780; Writing: 660-750

Black Student Group(s): Center for Multicultural Affairs, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture

Summer Program(s): Above and Beyond: Astronomy, Physics, & Astrobiology, PARI Observatory, A Changing Earth: Geophysics, Earthquake Seismology, and Crustal Tectonics — PARI Observatory; A Writer’s Art: Creative Writing — Ghost Ranch; Pre-Law Institute; Leadership Institute

Application Deadline(s): Dec 10; Jan. 2

Early Admissions Deadline(s): Oct 19; Nov 1 (remaining material i.e., transcripts, recommendations, etc.)

Financial Aid Options/Deadline(s): Early Decision: Nov 15; Regular Decision: March 1; FAFSA-Early Decision: May 1; Regular Decision: Mar. 1

Costs: Tuition: $36,598; Room: $5,150; Board: $4,630; Personal Expenses/Books: $2,604

Greek Organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.


Christoph Guttenthag, Director of Undergraduate Admissions

What are you looking for in a student?

A strong academic record–good grades in a challenging curriculum–is critical. What makes a compelling candidate, though, is a sense of impact. Evidence that a student has made a difference, changed things for the better, contributed to his or her community, in the classroom, in the school, or in the community. It could be the student who asks the most thoughtful or stimulating questions in class; it could be the dancer or musician who communicates in a special way; it could be a person devoted to community service; it could be the athlete who makes the team better. In almost any area of activity or thought a student has the potential to make an impact; that’s the person we seek.

What unique, university-sponsored opportunities and services abound for students of color at Duke University?

The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture is perhaps the best known opportunity on campus; however, there are many more, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors a number of programs, including “Identities in Movement,” a yearlong series of speakers, films, and other events exploring the relationship between identity, “Figuring out Finances” Workshop series, and supports the Center for Race Relations. These are only some of the opportunities for students of color, and it’s always good to go to the Multicultural Center website, at mcc.studentaffairs.duke.edu.

What advice do you have for an applicant that is specific to Duke University applicants?