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Admission Requirements

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Requirements for First-time Freshmen:


Complete the appropriate online application for Undergraduate Admission.


$50 application fee (waived if we receive your application before December 15.)


  • Applicants must submit all official high school transcripts and college transcripts, if applicable.
  • Transcripts marked “Issued to Student” are not official.
  • All high school students should request that their current senior year grades and coursework be included on their official transcripts.

Test Scores:

Submit ALL official SAT and/or ACT scores.

Scores can be sent via

    • College Board
    • Mail or fax
    • Official High School Transcript

      Tests or scores not accepted or required by Duquesne University Admissions office:

      • TOEFL Exam
      • SAT Subject Tests
      • SAT Writing section - We, like the majority of private institutions, do not use the Writing SAT score for admissions decisions.
      • ACT Writing Section

      Liberal Arts applicants: If you do not have standardized test scores, or believe your scores do not reflect your academic achievement and ability to be successful in our College of Liberal Arts, you may choose to apply as a Test Optional Candidate. You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of least 3.0, college preparatory curriculum, extracurricular involvement, and submit our standard essay.


      Recommendations must be completed by a teacher or counselor and may be mailed or faxed to Duquesne. You may choose one or both of the following to serve as recommendations:

      • Letter of Recommendation - A standard letter from a teacher or guidance counselor
      • Recommendation form - A printable PDF checklist serves as an alternative to a letter of recommendation.

      Personal Essay:

      • US APPLICANTS: AN ESSAY IS NOT REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION CONSIDERATION. If you choose to submit your application without an essay, please enter the following code on your application: WAIVE. If you decide you'd like to submit an essay at a later date, you may email it to admissionsessay@duq.edu.
      • If you choose to submit an essay, please discuss the following: Tell us something unique about you, why you chose your particular major, and how you expect Duquesne University to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional goals. Please include any examples of your research, shadowing or volunteer experiences.
      • Health Science Transfer and Nursing Second Degree applicants: Please refer to the Health Science or Second Degree Nursing web sites for your specific essay requirements.

      Home Schooled Applicants must meet the following requirements:

        • Submit a written verification from school district stating that the student has been excused from compulsory public education for home schooling.
        • Submit the results of the SAT or ACT exam.
        • Provide transcripts and academic curriculum.
        • Completed Duquesne University Application for Undergraduate Admission.

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