High school seniors get the word from Duke

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 10:17 PM

One out of 10.

That’s how many high school seniors got the good word from Duke University Wednesday.

Nearly 32,000 of them had applied for admission to Duke’s class of 2017 but only 2,929 - 9.9. percent of the regular decision pool - were accepted.

“This is the first time our regular decision admit rate ended up below 10 percent, and it made for some difficult choices,” said Christoph Guttentag, dean of undergraduate admissions. "The accomplishments and personal qualities of the students applying for admission are just exceptional, and as pleased as I am for what it means for Duke, I’m sorry that we don’t have room for more of these wonderful young women and men.”

The reason for the low acceptance rate, he added, was the increase in the number of students admitted under Duke’s early decision program. In December, 753 students were admitted under the binding early decision program - 105 more than the year before.

That “left fewer places in the class for our regular decision applicants, and it made choosing the best mix of students challenging for all of us," Guttentag added.

This year’s odds of getting into Duke were considerably longer than last year, when around 11 percent of those who applied were offered admission.

The number of those who applied this year - 31,785 - also was a record for Duke, around 130 more than last year and about 2,000 more than the year before. Over the last five years, applications to Duke have increased by nearly 60 percent.

Students were able to receive their decisions online, beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. As the appointed hour approached, many applicants became increasingly tense.

“Soooo nervous about @DukeU decision!” tweeted Wisconsin high school senior Madison Monnette.

Only those students who are admitted will receive mailed letters in addition to the online notification. Students who are placed on the waiting list or denied will be sent printed letters on request, or if they have not viewed their decision online within 72 hours.

For the third year in a row, students will be able to reply online to offers of admission or the opportunity to be placed on the waiting list.

The accepted students have until May 1 to make their final decision.