Application Requirements for First-Year Students


Prospective undergraduate students may apply to Duquesne University directly through our Future Focused Application, Common App or Coalition Application.


  • Applicants must submit all official high school transcripts and college transcripts, if applicable.
  • All high school students should request that their current senior year grades and coursework be included on their official transcripts.
  • Applicants may choose to submit a Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR), but will still need to submit an official transcript to be officially admitted to the University. 
  • Acceptance and any scholarship/s awarded are contingent upon the successful completion of applicants' high school program and our receipt of a final, official high school transcript, which will be used to verify graduation

Test Scores

  • Submit ALL official SAT and/or ACT scores. Duquesne University considers your highest section scores across all SAT test dates that you submit.
  • Only your highest section scores will be considered in the admissions decision.
  • The admissions office encourages you to submit your scores each time you take the SAT/ACT. Sending your scores each time you take the SAT can benefit you by allowing us to consider you for all available enrollment-related opportunities.
  • Test-Optional Admission is available for ALL programs

Test-Optional Admission: If you do not have SAT or ACT scores, or believe your scores do not reflect your academic achievement and ability to be successful at Duquesne, you may choose to apply as a Test-Optional candidate. We'll consider factors like high school curriculum, academic achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, extracurricular involvement and volunteer experience when determining who will benefit from a Duquesne education and contribute to our vibrant community of learners. Applicants considered for test-optional admission generally have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of enrollment.


  • One recommendation from an academic source is required for health professions applicants.
  • Recommendations are optional for applicants to other programs.
  • Recommendations must be completed by a teacher or counselor.

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.

Recommendations can be submitted via our application portal, mailed to the Office of Admissions or emailed to recommendationsFREEDUQUESNE.

Personal Essay

  • A Personal Essay is required for health professions applicants and should discuss the following: Tell us something unique about you, why you chose your particular health field 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.
  • An essay is optional for applicants to other programs

Submit your essay via our application portal.

Home-Schooled Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit written verification from the school district stating that the student has been excused from compulsory public education for homeschooling.
  • Submit the results of the SAT or ACT exam.
  • Provide transcripts and academic curriculum.