How to get into Duke

Recorded Monday, September 20 at 10:00 PM

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Duke University

Durham, NC

With its academic rigor, talented sports teams, and vibrant campus life, Duke is one of the nation's most highly ranked universities.

If you want to know what it takes to become a Blue Devil, join Yesh as we discuss how to navigate the school's slim acceptance rate. We'll discuss factors like the university's location, offered majors, dorms, and culture. We'll also help you craft an excellent candidate profile with advice on how to prepare your application.

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn more about maximizing your chances of acceptance to this prestigious institution!

School information

Duke University

Durham, NC
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Undergrad College: Boston University '20

Major: Medical Science

Graduate College: Boston University School of Medicine

Work Experience: I've been working at CollegeVine for 3 years mentoring students through BS/MD and undergraduate admissions. I am currently a medical student and have done research at Boston Medical Center, Dana-Farber, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Audience questions

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6:56@wasellers889:what are the differences in admission between Pratt and trinity?
8:50@akapil:Do I have a chance if i apply test optional?
19:04@akapil:do they expect a minimum GPA?
19:35@wasellers889:So on there website it said there scores range from 1500-1560, and have an average of 1520. But I scored a 1490 :_( But I did 790 math 700 English and am planning too apply to Pratt engineering, so should I submit sat?
21:00@josh11:How do we decide whether to submit weighted or unweighted gpa?
25:49@se_moors:Are AP exam scores considered at all in admissions?
27:27@wasellers889:Should I submit an ap chem score of 3 and AP Calc 4?
27:45@Jesscia:when you say the athlete student, what it's considered athlete? Based on National ranking for the sports they take?
30:58@Jesscia:when the recruiting process is normally done for 2023 student
32:04@akapil:i'm sorry, i missed that. if you don't make the first cut of GPA and SAT, will they still look at the extracurriculars?
34:20@akapil:for recruiting,it depends on which sport. each sport has a different calendar
34:30@bbbbbbbb:How bad is it if my ecs aren't consistent with my intended major? Should i apply undecided?
36:06@Jesscia:Since Duke is D1, if student not be recruiting by a sport, but get into college by academic. Can they still get chance to play sport when they get in to tryout?
48:01@wasellers889:could one use growing up in a military family as a community?
49:05@bbbbbbbb:does collegevine have actually accurate chancing? there's no metric to compare it to, and just wanted to hear your thoughts on this.
50:24@codex22:Do you still recommend writing the optional LGBTQIA+ identity essay even if you identify as heterosexual?
51:28@akapil:each school seems to define first-generation in a different way. am I 1st gen if my parents graduated overseas?
51:51@josh11:Could we answer the gender/sexuality optional prompt about our experiences as an ally?
52:05@josh11:Could we answer the gender/sexuality optional prompt about our experiences as an ally, or is that not really what they are looking for?
52:33@Jayat:If I have good SAT score, is it going to affect my admission chance positively?
52:53@wasellers889:Do you know if a military affiliation has any effect? ie being son of active duty
53:41@bbbbbbbb:to expand on the 1st gen question, would someone be considered first gen if their parents only did graduate school in the US?
56:52@wasellers889:are certain majors harder to be accepted with than others? say I want to do biomedical engineering but that is highly ranked and I feel like more people will apply with that
56:56@codex22:How much weight would you say recommendation letters have on an application (especially if they taught you online during COVID and you couldn't interact as much)?
57:57@se_moors:Does Duke heavily consider class rank? My GPA went up but my rank went down this past year, and I’m concerned about how that will look
59:05@harvard:If you submit sat scores, does the school still weight subjective factors more?
59:43@wasellers889:Does being #1 matter if your class only has 48 kids?
59:56@harvard:Are optional essays truly treated as optional or is there an expectation to answer?


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