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August 17, 2022

Duke University 2022-2023 Essay Prompts

Duke’s essay prompts for the Class of 2027 are out.

Hoping to be a Blue Devil next year as a member of the Duke University Class of 2027? Duke has released its essay prompts for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle. So what questions will applicants to Duke’s Class of 2027 be asked to answer this year? While the verbiage of the questions is slightly different from the prompts over the last couple of admissions cycles and there are indeed more options than in past years, as the old adage goes, the more things change, the more things stay the same. The questions are nearly identical to last year’s — with a little more variety. Hey, variety is the spice of life. So what are the questions, you ask? Wonder no more!

The first Duke prompt reads, “What is your sense of Duke as a university and a community, and why do you consider it a good match for you?  If there’s something in particular about our offerings that attracts you, feel free to share that as well.” Applicants are given 250 words to write their answer, which is required for admission. In short, like last year, it’s a Why Duke essay, one that should be filled with specific after specific. And, no, you should not be writing about Duke’s basketball team! And, no, dropping names of professors who may or may not be there next year and citing names of classes that one can cut and paste from any school’s course catalogue do not count as specifics.

Duke’s subsequent two essays, like last year’s, are entirely optional. Of course, loyal readers of Ivy Coach’s college admissions blog know what applicants should do when they encounter an optional essay — they should write it! After all, it’s a chance to make their case. But, unlike in past years, this year’s Duke optional essays offer applicants a chance to select two prompts from a list of four. You might recognize the first and last prompts from last year’s application. The other two options are brand new.

The options read, “(1) We seek a diverse student body that embodies the wide range of human experience.  In that context, we are interested in what you’d like to share about your lived experiences and how they’ve influenced how you think of yourself. (2) We believe there is benefit in sharing and sometimes questioning our beliefs or values; who do you agree with on the big important things, or who do you have your most interesting disagreements with? What are you agreeing or disagreeing about? (3) What has been your best academic experience in the last two years, and what made it so good? (4) Duke’s commitment to diversity and inclusion includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. If you’d like to share with us more about your identity in this context, feel free to do so here.”

Have a question about the 2022-2023 Duke essays? Let us know your question by posting it below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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