Duke has received more than 3,100 Early Decision applications for the Class of 2019.
The 3,146 applications represent a slight dip from last year, when the University received a record 3,180 early applications. Last year also saw a record proportion of students admitted early, with 47 percent of the Class of 2018 committing to Duke with their December acceptance. Early decision is a binding program.
In a DukeNews release, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag said that whether or not Duke again admits such a high number of students early remains to be seen.
“Because of the number and quality of Early Decision applicants last year, we were able to admit about 50 more students in December than we had the previous year. The number we admit this year will depend entirely on the qualities of the students applying,” Guttentag said in the release. “We don’t go into the Early Decision process with a particular goal in mind; we’ll admit those students who we believe are the best match for Duke."