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Admissions Process

QWill I need a letter of recommendation?

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

Q:  When can I apply?

A:  You can apply to Duquesne as soon as the application is available online. It is typically available by mid-July. Most of the programs are rolling admission, which means that you can apply at any time. However, programs such as Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and Biomedical Engineering are considered Early Action Programs, and you must apply by December 1 to be considered.

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

A:  As many times as you want. There are specific requirements you must have for certain majors so sometimes the more times you take them the better. Higher scores could also mean the potential for a higher academic scholarship. We super score all tests, which means we take the highest of all components of each test and recalculate the highest possible score for you. We recommend taking the SAT and the ACT while you are in high school. This will give you the best chances of being accepted. If you're are interested, the College of Liberal Arts, School of Business, and School of Music offer test-optional admission.

Q:  Are admissions interviews required?

A:  You are not required to have an admissions interview; however, it is important to meet with a counselor if you have any questions and for you to learn as much as you can about the admissions process.

Q:  What are the admissions requirements for my major?

A:  The requirements for each program are as follows:

  • Liberal Arts, Education, Business, and Music
    • 3.0 GPA, 1000 old SAT / 1080 new SAT / 22 ACT
    • Students may apply for test optional admission in the Liberal Arts, Business, and Music Schools.
  • Nursing
    • 3.0 GPA, 1000 old SAT / 1080 new SAT / 22 ACT
  • Physical Therapy
    • 3.0 (3.5 strong), 1100 old SAT / 1170 new SAT / 24 ACT
    • Four years of math (including pre-calc.) and four years of science
  • Speech-Language Pathology
    • 3.0, 1100 old SAT / 1170 new SAT / 24 ACT
    • Four years of math (including trig) and four years of science
  • Pharmacy and Natural and Environmental Science
    • 3.0, 1050 old SAT / 1130 new SAT / 23 ACT
  • Athletic Training
    • 3.0, 1100 old SAT / 1170 new SAT / 24 ACT
    • Four years of math and science
  • Health Management Systems
    • 3.0, 1000 old SAT / 1080 new SAT / 22 ACT
  • Occupational Therapy
    • 3.0 (3.25 strong), 1100 old SAT / 1170 new SAT / 24 ACT
    • Four years of science 
  • Physician Assistant Studies
    • 3.0 (3.5 strong), 1100 old SAT / 1170 new 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 of my major?

A:  It is completely ok to come into Duquesne "undecided."  You will be taking UCOR 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 September and it typically takes four to six weeks for most programs. Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacy typically reach admissions decisions in early January.

Q:  How do I apply?

A:  Our application can be found here.  We are NOT a common application school.

Q:  How much is the application fee?

A:  The cost to apply to Duquesne is $50. If you apply before December 15, that fee will be waived.

Q:  What are the application deadlines?

A:  Most programs are rolling admission so you can apply at any time, as long as you make your decision by May 1. Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacy are early action and have an application deadline of December 1.

Q:  Can I visit campus?

A:  Yes you can. 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 several Group Information Sessions throughout the year, which include a presentation on admissions and financial aid as well as a guided tour.

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, 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 get into the Honors College you must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher and an old SAT score of 1300, a new SAT score of 1360 or an ACT of 29. Honors College students are placed in advanced UCOR 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 career.

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 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.