Duke sees record number of applicants (again)

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 10:31 AM

It’s not exactly like trying to win the lottery, but it comes close.

Here’s the math: There are around 950 spaces left in Duke University’s Class of 2017. More than 31,750 high school seniors are applying for those seats.

That’s a record number of applications, slightly more than last year’s previous record of 31,619 and the sixth year in a row in which the number of applications has set a record.

Over the past five years, the number of applicants to Duke has increased by 56 percent, or more than 11,000 applications.

"It’s always gratifying to see the number of students who are interested in becoming part of the Duke community," Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag said. "And reading applications never becomes old.”

In November, more than 2,500 students applied to Duke through the early decision process and 753 were admitted. That leaves just about 950 spaces of what is expected to be a freshman class of around 1,700 students.

Around 25,000 of this year’s high school seniors are applying to Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. That’s a 1 percent decrease from last year, but nearly 6,000 have applied to the Pratt School of Engineering, which is a 7.8 percent increase.

The applicants will find out if they made it when admissions decisions are made available online in early April.

— Neil Offen