Duke's regular decision acceptance rate was less than 9 percent for the first time ever this year.
When admissions decisions are released at 7 p.m. Thursday, 2,501 of the 28,600 regular decision applicants—8.7 percent—will learn that they have been accepted. The University's early decision acceptance rate of 23.5 percent for the Class of 2020 was also its lowest ever, with early decision applicants comprising 48 percent of the class.
An additional 49 students who applied early and were deferred will also be admitted, down from 69 students last year. Last year's regular decision acceptance rate was 9.4 percent.
“What’s difficult is that we end up not being able to admit so many applicants who would be terrific Duke students," Dean of Admissions Christoph Guttentag said in a Duke Today release. "We only have 1,705 places in the class, and we didn’t have room for many of the compelling candidates.”
Duke's overall acceptance rate for next year's class combining early and regular decision results was 10.4 percent.
Accepted students have until May 1 to make their final decisions, with the University offering Blue Devil Days—two-day events that give students the chance to get familiar with Duke—April 7-8, April 18-19 and April 24-25.