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Duke University believes that the availability of a high-quality education should depend on a student’s academic profile, rather than their financial circumstances. In support of this important principle, the University admits U.S. citizens and permanent residents without reference to their ability to pay and meets 100% of each admitted student's demonstrated need through grants, loans, and scholarships.
Three types of scholarships are available for undergraduate students: The first two types are need-based and merit. Need-based scholarships are awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid after a review of the field of eligible students. Such awards are made independently from the Pratt School of Engineering. There is no application process.
Merit scholarships are also awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid, with input from the Pratt School of Engineering. These awards are made on the basis of both academic scholarship and financial need. Again, there is no application process for these awards.
The last type is a third-party scholarship. These are scholarships granted from organizations/agencies not affiliated with Duke, such as local churches, businesses, community groups, etc. These types of scholarships take individual initiative to find and apply for.
Graduate degrees are proffered by the Duke Graduate School, and not by the Pratt School of Engineering. Therefore, the Graduate School also handles the awarding of scholarships and fellowships for graduate students.
The application forms for admissions to graduate school are also the application forms for financial aid. Incoming students who wish to be considered for the university fellowships or assistantships should so indicate on the application form for admission and award. Selection of awards recipients is made on the basis of academic merit and departmental recommendations.
Last updated: June 22, 2012