Admissions Process

QWill I need a letter of recommendation?

A:  For most programs letters of recommendation are optional. If you are applying as a Nursing or Health Science major, a letter is required.

Q:  When can I apply?

A:  Our Future Focused application is available beginning July 1 of each year, while Common App is available August 1. You can also find us on the coalition application. We encourage students to apply early for the fall terms, but you can also apply anytime for spring and summer terms! Learn more about applying as a freshman or transfer student.

Q:  How many times should I take my SAT/ACT?

A:  As many times as you'd like. Higher scores could also mean the potential for more academic scholarship money. We superscore all tests, which means we take the highest of all components of each test and recalculate the highest possible score for you. If you're interested, all programs now offer test-optional admission.

Q:  Are admissions interviews required?

A:  You are not required to have an admissions interview; however, it is important to talk with an admission counselor if there are specific questions you'd like addressed.

Q:  What are the admissions requirements for my major?

A:  The requirements for each program are as follows:

  • Liberal Arts, Education, Business, Music and select Health Science programs
    • 3.0 GPA, 1080  SAT / 21 ACT
    • Students may apply for test optional admission in the Liberal Arts, Business, and Music Schools.
  • Nursing
    • 3.0 GPA, 1080 SAT / 21 ACT
  • Physical Therapy
    • 3.0 (3.5 strong), 1170 SAT / 24 ACT
    • Four years of math (including pre-calc.) and four years of science
  • Speech-Language Pathology
    • 3.0,1170 SAT / 24 ACT
    • Four years of math (including trig) and four years of science
  • Pharmacy and Natural and Environmental Science
    • 3.0, 1130 SAT / 23 ACT
  • Athletic Training
    • 3.0, 1170 SAT / 24 ACT
    • Four years of math and science
  • Health Management Systems
    • 3.0,1080 SAT / 21 ACT
  • Occupational Therapy
    • 3.0 (3.25 strong),1170 SAT / 24 ACT
    • Four years of science 
  • Physician Assistant Studies
    • 3.0 (3.5 strong), 1170 SAT / 24 ACT
    • Four years of math and science

You will also need to complete an online application, and submit your official high school transcripts and SAT / ACT scores. Letters of recommendation and essays are optional for most programs.

Q:  What if I'm not sure about what major to choose?

A:  It's ok to come to Duquesne "undecided." You will be taking Bridges Common Learning Experience classes for your first few semesters in Liberal Arts and you can transfer into any program at any time, with the exception of Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Biomedical Engineering and Physical Therapy. However, if you do know what area you would like to study, you can apply as "undecided" in that school, so that you can take the classes that are required by that specific school.

Q:  How soon will I know if I get accepted?

A:  We start the review of applications in October. Physician Assistant Studies typically reach admissions decisions in February. Be sure to review our deadlines.

Q:  How do I apply?

A:  Prospective undergraduate students may apply to Duquesne University directly through our websiteCommon App or Coalition application.

Q:  How much is the application fee?

There is no fee to apply to Duquesne University.

Q:  What are the application deadlines?

A:  See our deadlines page for more information about the benefits of applying by our Early Access Deadlines. The majority of our academic programs review applications year-round, on a rolling basis. Applicants to our Physician Assistant Studies programs must apply by December 1.

Q:  Can I visit the campus?

A:  Yes! You can schedule a visit to campus which can include a guided tour, a meeting with an admissions counselor, a meeting with an academic department and the opportunity to sit in on a class. There are also Group Information Sessions offered throughout the year, which include a presentation on admissions as well as a guided tour. We are also offering virtual appointments.

Q:  Will my AP Credits / College Credits in High School transfer?

A:  There is a list of AP classes that should transfer to Duquesne depending on the score you obtain on the exam.  However, the final say in whether or not they transfer will come from the program. College Credits in High School work very similarly; a C or better in most classes should transfer, depending on the program curriculum.

Q:  How can I get into the Honors College?  What should I expect if I get in?

A:  In order to be accepted into the Honors College you must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, and an SAT score of 1360 or an ACT of 30. Honors College students are placed in advanced Bridges courses that are more challenging. You can also live in our Honors College Living Learning Center, Assumption Hall, which has larger rooms and 24-hour quiet time.

Q:  Is there an office on campus that will help me find a job when I graduate?

A:   Yes, the Career Services Office, located on the first floor of Rockwell Hall, is an amazing place to go to ensure you will take the necessary steps to get a job post-graduation. They offer two job and internship fairs on campus every year and will aid students with any aspect of the job-hunting process from resume writing to interview skills and more.

Each school also has dedicated staff members who will help students on their journey to their future careers.

Q:  Are there tutors available if I struggle in a class?

A:  There are many tutors available through both the Learning Skills Center as well as the schools themselves. Tutors are fellow students with good academic standing. Duquesne prides itself in making sure that we give help to anyone who needs it and seeks it out.

Q:  What kind of learning disability resources do you have?

A:  The Office of Freshmen Development and Disability Services is located in the Student Union and has accommodations in place to help you through your academic courses and time at Duquesne. In order to arrange for accommodations, you must schedule an appointment by calling 412.396.6658.

Q:  How many students return for their sophomore year?

A:  Approximately 90% of students who attend Duquesne return for their sophomore year. This is well above the national average of 70%, and it demonstrates that once students are here, they love it!

Q:  What opportunities are there for undergraduate research?

A:  Duquesne is a high-research university and offers a conducive research environment to learn through true hands-on opportunities. Each year Duquesne hosts an Undergraduate Research Symposium. Students from all fields of study are highly encouraged to participate.