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Alumni Admissions

It’s a testament to the special nature of Duke that the children and grandchildren of alumni so often include Duke among the colleges they are considering. Family ties that span generations are a valued part of our tradition. But as admission to Duke becomes more competitive, with record numbers of applicants, navigating the admissions process is more challenging than ever.

DAA is pleased to offer advice and assistance to the children and grandchildren of Duke alumni who are considering Duke for their undergraduate education. We provide a supporting voice for 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 by the family. While DAA does not directly review applications or make admissions decisions, we do provide information and guidance to applicants and their families throughout the admissions process.

Duke conducts a holistic assessment of all candidates for admission. While alumni affiliation by no means ensures acceptance to Duke, the university values meaningful connection to Duke and its traditions and does note alumni status when reviewing applications.

Alumni Admissions Forum

Jump-Start the College Admissions Process: 2021 dates pending

To protect the health of our alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff, Duke Alumni Association (DAA) is following Duke University administration guidelines to cancel on-campus summer programming through June 28, 2020.

Read more about the DAA events that will be impacted.
Read more about Duke University’s Response to COVID-19.


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.

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

Were you looking to learn more about interviewing prospective students? See our Volunteer page or contact us for more information.