Freshman Application Process

We are thrilled you have decided to apply to join the next class of Future Duquesne Dukes! Jump ahead to the application or learn more about deadlines, scholarships and requirements before you begin.

Application Deadlines

  • Early Action 1: Applications completed by November 1; admission and financial aid notifications sent by December 1.
  • Early Action 2: Applications completed by December 1; admission and financial aid notifications sent by January 15. (Applicants to the physician assistant program must apply by December 1).
  • Regular Decision: Applications completed by January 15; admission and financial aid notifications will be sent on a rolling basis after January 15.
  • Rolling Admission: Admission and financial aid notifications are sent on a rolling basis after January 15 (based on available space).

Pro-tip: students who want to present an improved or advanced profile should consider applying Early Action 2 or Regular Decision.


Scholarship Deadlines

December 1:

  • Spirit of Excellence ScholarshipIn the spirit of our founding, commitment to excellence, mission of service, and in alignment with University Goals, Duquesne will award five exceptional leaders with a full-tuition scholarship for four years. 

January 15, 2022:

  • Spirit of Community Scholarship: Duquesne University is pleased to announce an exciting new program for students passionate about engaging with their community and expanding their understanding of social justice. In addition to a commitment to community engagement, chosen participants will engage in meaningful and challenging conversations with peers around biased, systemic injustice, power, and privilege and its impact on our community and society at large. 

Academic and Special Scholarships

  • Don't wait to apply for admission! Learn more about our academic and specialty scholarships that you will be automatically considered for when you submit your DU application. 

Application Options

 Domestic and international applicants can submit Duquesne's Future Focused App, find us on Common App or the Coalition Application.

Additional Materials

After you submit your application, you will have access to your applicant portal where you'll find a checklist of additional materials that may be required. You'll receive an email from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions when you're able to log in to your portal.

  • Transcripts: we accept Self-Reported Academic Records (SRAR) 
  • Test scores: If you didn't apply as test-optional submit all official SAT and/or ACT scores. We will only consider the highest section scores across all SAT sections.
  • Recommendation: Health Sciences and Nursing applicants ONLY: If your intended program of study requires a letter of recommendation, you will need the following information about your recommender: First and Last Name, Organization, Position/Title, Relationship, Phone Number, Email (Please use organization email)
  • Essay: Only 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.

Additional Program Requirements

Music and Physical Therapy programs have additional requirements.


For graduate, law and visiting student applications please visit the University apply page.

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