Duke sees record Early Decision applications, expects lower admit rate

"Duke received a record number of Early Decision applications and expects a record-low acceptance rate this year.

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag wrote in an email that Duke received 5,040 Early Decision applications to the Class of 2025, compared to 4,280 last year—a 17.76% increase.

There were 4,852 Early Decision applicants to the Class of 2023, 4,090 to the Class of 2022 and 3,516 to the Class of 2021.

The Chronicle reported last year that Duke received 4,300 Early Decision applications to the Class of 2024, but Guttentag noted that the numbers differ slightly depending on ‘when counts occur and how things are defined.’

In a letter to colleagues, Guttentag wrote that Duke expects an Early Decision acceptance rate of 16% to 17% this year. This translates to ‘between 800 and 850’ admitted students—‘somewhat fewer than normal because of the number of students taking a gap year this year,’ Guttentag wrote." …