Duke offers admission to 2,697 high school seniors
More than 2,600 high school seniors from across the country and around the world learned Thursday night that they had been accepted to Duke University.
A record 32,506 students applied for admission this year – over 700 students more than last year. Of the more than 29,300 who applied under regular decision, 2,640 students – 9 percent of the regular decision applicant pool – were accepted to become members of the Class of 2018. Another 57 students who applied early decision and whose decisions were deferred to March also will learn they have been admitted.
These students have until May 1 to make their final decision.
In December, 797 students were admitted under the university's binding early decision program, 44 more than the year before.
"Admitting only 9 percent of our regular decision applicants made for some extraordinarily challenging decisions," said Christoph Guttentag, dean of undergraduate admissions. "The overwhelming majority of students applying to Duke are exceptionally qualified young women and men. They are smart, accomplished and interesting, and it was both humbling and gratifying to choose the next class of Duke students from among them.
"Unfortunately, it also means disappointing a considerable number of students who were fully deserving of admission to Duke. I wish we had the room for everyone who worked hard to earn a place here."