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Duke likely letters - real or just a college myth?

So I keep hearing from friends and on forums about Duke likely letters. Are these for real, and what stats or ECs do you think you need to get one? Absolutely buzzing at the idea of getting one but don't want to get my hopes up for nothing!

7 months ago

Hi there! I can share from personal experience—my older child received a likely letter from a different Ivy League school last year, and yes, they're definitely real! Duke does send out likely letters as well, though they are quite rare and typically go to extraordinary applicants. These letters are an early nod from the university, indicating you're a top candidate for admission, often for students with exceptional talent in academics, athletics, or other remarkable areas.

There isn't a set formula for stats or ECs since likely letter recipients usually showcase stand-out achievements, such as Tier 1 or Tier 2 extracurriculars combined with excellent grades and test scores. Always keep a positive mindset, but remember these letters are rare and aren't the only indicator of a successful application outcome. Whether you receive one or not, focus on completing your application to the best of your ability—fingers crossed for good news come decision day!

7 months ago

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