Durham, NC - More than 31,500 high school seniors have submitted applications for admission to Duke University this year, eclipsing last year's record by 6.2 percent, or more than 1,800 applications.
This marks the fifth year in a row in which the number of
applications has set a record. Last year, the school received 29,724
applications for admission, which at the time was a 10 percent increase
over the previous record. The number of applicants to Duke has increased
by 55 percent -- more than 11,000 applications -- in the last four
"We're pleased to see this level of interest in
Duke," Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag said.
"What's perhaps most gratifying is the wide range of backgrounds and
places our applicants are applying from; more than ever our applicant
pool spans the country and the world."
The current number of high
school seniors applying to be part of Duke's Class of 2016 is 31,565. Of
that number, 25,616 have applied to the Trinity College of Arts &
Sciences (a 4.6 percent increase over last year), while 5,949 have
applied to the Pratt School of Engineering (a 13.8 percent increase).
The final number of applicants is expected to increase slightly as
applications submitted by mail are received.
provided the largest number of applicants, with North Carolina second
and New York a close third, followed by Florida and Texas. The greatest
growth among applicants in recent years has been among students from the
West Coast and from overseas, with China first among foreign countries
in the number of applicants, followed by Korea and Canada.
applicant pool is fairly evenly divided between males and females. Among
students of color, the greatest increases were among Latino students
and students of Asian descent. Admissions decisions will be made
available to applicants online in early April.
In November, more
than 2,600 students -- a 20 percent increase from the previous year --
applied to Duke through the Early Decision process and 648 students were
admitted, both of which were also record numbers. Those applying
through Regular Decision will be vying for about 1,060 spaces in the
Class of 2016.
"We're excited to be reading the applications of
our Regular Decision applicants," Guttentag said. "These are
exceptional young women and men, and it'll be a challenge choosing among
Guttentag expects the incoming class to have slightly more than 1,700 students.