How to
Apply

The Duke Kunshan Admissions team takes a holistic approach when reviewing applications. This means that all application requirements are taken into consideration, ensuring the most suitable candidates are admitted on the strength of their application as a whole.

How to Apply:

Applications to Duke Kunshan University are submitted using the Common App website. We begin accepting applications for the 2022 entry term in August 2021. 

Application Deadlines (2022 Entry Term):

Early decision application deadline: November 1, 2021 (11:59pm ET)

Regular decision application deadline: January 4, 2022 (11:59pm ET)

 

International Student Application Checklist

Submitted by the applicant via the Common Application*

Early Decision by November 1 (11:59pm ET)
Regular Decision by January 4 (11:59pm ET)
There is no application fee

To be considered for need-based aid, check “yes” to financial aid; refer to the CSS Profile section below
• International applicants must be non-Chinese citizens. Please click here for information on how to determine you eligibility as an international student.


• The application includes the Common App essay and 2 DKU-specific essays:

1. “Why do you think Duke Kunshan University is a good match for you? And what special qualities do you feel you could bring to Duke Kunshan University?” (Required)
2. “Is there anything else you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you?” (Optional)

• Provided by the applicant’s high school counselor or an official of the applicant’s high school who serves in an advisory capacity (identified as the Counselor in the Common App)

• The initial School Report is required to complete the application

• The Mid Year Report should be submitted, if available, after the completion of the first semester of the senior year

• The Final Report is required for enrolling students or for a student who has already graduated at the time of application

• Provided by the applicant’s high school counselor or an official of the applicant’s high school who serves in an advisory capacity (identified as the Counselor in the Common App)

• This is required to complete the application

• Provided by the applicant’s high school counselor or registrar, or other official of the applicant’s high school (identified as the Counselor in the Common App)

• An “official” version of the transcript has the signature of a school official, has the high school stamp or seal, and/or has been sent electronically by the school and is on school letterhead

• The initial Transcript (Official) is required to complete the application

• The Mid Year Transcript (Official) should be submitted, if available, after the completion of the first semester of the senior year

• The Final Transcript (Official) is required for enrolling students or for a student who has already graduated at the time of application. This must include a graduation date. Note: If the transcript does not include a graduation date, submit a certified graduation certificate/diploma.

• If the applicant attended multiple high schools, all transcripts must be submitted by an official from the school

• If courses were taken for credit outside of high school, associated transcripts are also required to be submitted by an official from the school

• Provided by the teachers identified by the applicant in the Common Application
• Two (2) teacher evaluations/recommendations are required to complete the application
• Submitted by the teachers electronically via Common App or other school system
• Provided by the recommenders selected by the applicant in the Common Application (these can be an external educational agent or advisor, additional teachers, coaches, or community members)
• Submitted by the recommenders electronically via Common App or other school system

• SAT or ACT test scores (optional for Fall 2022 applications) – Applicants indicate in the Common App their decision to use test scores; if submitting test scores:

– No minimum test score is required for admission

– Self-reported scores can be submitted with an application

– Verified scores are required prior to enrollment and should be sent directly from the testing agency

– SAT Subject Test are optional

– International testing school codes for Duke Kunshan University:

SAT – 7059

ACT – 0621

• External Exam results, if applicable 

– This includes, but is not limited to: International Baccalaureate, WAEC, SSCE, German Abitur, French Baccalauréat, GCSE, A-Levels, CBSE X/AISSCE X, National Exams, Leaving Exams

– If final results are not available, predicted scores can be provided from the school counselor or official

– Final results are required prior to enrollment

– Exam results should be sent from the appropriate testing authority and/or high school official

• TOEFL/IELTS or Duolingo is optional for non-native English speakers  

• Required only if applying for need-based financial aid; DKU is a need-aware institution 

• Submitted by the applicant and their family via the College Board 

– Additional documentation may be required via IDOC

• The CSS code for Duke Kunshan University is 7059

• The College Board charges students a fee between $16 and $25 for the CSS profile. Some students may be eligible for a fee waiver. To learn more, please visit the CSS Profile Fee Waiver website.

• NOTE: Admitted international students who did not apply for financial aid at the time of admission are ineligible to apply for financial aid at any later point in their undergraduate study.

• NOTE: DKU is not designated as a foreign eligible institution for U.S. Federal Student Aid and associated savings and loan programs. (FAFSA is not needed to apply for financial aid at DKU.)

table application checklist

*Applicants to Duke University may also indicate in Common App their decision to share their Duke application for admission with Duke Kunshan University. Click here for details. NOTE, upon Duke application submission, only those application materials submitted at that time will be shared with DKU. All materials supplied afterwards, including transcripts, school reports, recommendation letters, etc. must be sent to both universities. Also, if applicable, all CSS Profile documentation must be sent to both universities.

DKU International Admissions accepts applicant documentation from school officials via:

• Common App

• Naviance

• MaiaLearning

• Parchment

• SCOIR

• Slate.org

• Email at intl-admissions@dukekunshan.edu.cn

 

Postal Mail sent to:

US Based Office

International Enrollment Office, DKU

410 Swift Avenue

Duke Box 104805

Durham, NC 27705 USA

China Based Office

Duke Kunshan University

No. 8 Duke Avenue

Kunshan, Jiangsu Province,

China 215316

Common Application Checklist:

  1. School report
  2. Counselor recommendation
  3. High school transcripts
  4. Teacher evaluations (2 required, 1 optional)
  5. Other evaluations (2 optional)
  6. SAT or ACT test score (optional for Fall 2022 applications)
    • No minimum test score is required for admission
    • International testing school codes for Duke Kunshan University:
      • SAT – 7059
      • ACT – 0621
  7. Personal Essays
    • DKU-specific essay prompts:
    •  “Why do you think Duke Kunshan University is a good match for you? And what special qualities do you feel you could bring to Duke Kunshan University?” (Required)
    •  “Is there anything else you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you?” (Optional)
  8. CSS Profile (Required only if applying for financial aid)

Notice: 

It has come to our attention that in the standard Common Application used by Duke Kunshan and hundreds of other universities, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao are listed incorrectly as individual countries. We have notified the Common Application organization of this error and it is our understanding they are reviewing the situation with the intention of making the appropriate corrections. Please contact the Common Application organization if you have further comments or require further clarification.