Thursday, March 29, 2012

Duke accepts 3,105 students to the class of 2016

DURHAM — It’s not exactly the same as making that long walk to the mailbox, gingerly opening it up and finding that thick envelope.

But for more than 3,100 high school seniors across the country and around the world the thrill was the same Thursday evening.

They went online at 6 p.m. to learn that they have been accepted to Duke University.

Only 11 percent of applicants — from a record 31,600 students who applied for admission — got the good word.

“This was clearly the most challenging year Duke has seen, both for the applicants and for the staff of the admissions office,” said Christoph Guttentag, dean of undergraduate admissions.

“We’ve been careful not to take the dramatic increase in applications of the last several years for granted, and the admissions officers worked hard to make sure each applicant received a thorough and complete review.”

Many applicants, he said, received multiple evaluations, including some that were reviewed as many as seven or eight times.

Guttentag said what stood out about the applicants was their engagement with the world around them.

“We were struck not only by the academic qualities of our applicants, but by the degree to which so many of them were involved in community service or civic engagement programs,” Guttentag said.

“Over the last several years a sense of participation in a larger community has been a notable aspect of many of our applicants.”

The 3,105 students who received the good news have until May 1 to make their final decision. Another 648 high school seniors were admitted in December as members of the Duke class of 2016, under the university’s binding early decision program.

The students who received the good news online will also automatically receive mailed letters about their admission. Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list or not accepted will be sent printed letters on request, or if they have not viewed their decision online within 72 hours.

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

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