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It’s a testament to the special nature of Duke that so many alumni want their children and grandchildren to study here. At Duke, these family legacies are a cherished part of our tradition. But as the applicant pool grows more competitive, navigating the admissions process is more challenging than ever.

DAA is proud to extend service and assistance to the children and grandchildren of Duke alumni who are considering Duke for their undergraduate education. We advocate on behalf of all alumni children and grandchildren who apply for undergraduate admission; this is part of the service we provide to all alumni families and does not need to be requested or instigated by the family. While we do not directly review applications or make admissions decisions, we strive to provide information and guidance throughout the admissions process.

Alumni affiliation by no means ensures admission to Duke. However, the university recognizes that applicants from alumni families possess a meaningful connection to Duke and its traditions. Admissions officers give special consideration to these applicants, including an additional round of review.

Alumni Admissions Forum

Jump-Start the College Admissions Process: June 2019

DAA hosts an annual information-packed forum to help rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students and their parents learn about the college application and selection process. Distinguished faculty and admissions insiders provide insight and tips for learning how to select a school, understand college requirements and enhance your applications.

Registration coming in the spring of 2019.

Tips for alumni children who are considering Duke
  • Visit the Duke Undergraduate Admissions website for more information about campus life and application deadlines
  • Plan a campus visit
  • If you plan to visit campus, contact DAA at least two weeks before your trip to set up an non-evaluative discussion about Duke and the admissions process (Meeting times are limited and often fill up, so please plan ahead)
  • Consider attending our Alumni Admissions Forum to gain expert advice on college admissions
  • Be sure to accurately note the name, degree and year of graduation of any alumni in your family on your application
  • Apply in time to have an interview with a Duke alum in your area
  • Learn about Duke's alumni scholarships


Alumni interviewing

Are you interested in helping interview prospective students? See our Volunteer page or contact us to learn more.