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Duke applications set record for sixth straight year

Posted January 17, 2013
Updated January 19, 2013

 Duke University

— The number of applicants to Duke University has set a record for the sixth year in a row, administrators said Thursday.

More than 31,750 high school seniors have submitted applications to be admitted to Duke in the fall. The number is a slight increase over last year and marks a 56 percent increase in the last five years.

Duke has about 1,700 spaces for its incoming class and has already accepted 753 students through its early decision process.

“It’s always gratifying to see the number of students who are interested in becoming part of the Duke community,” Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag said. “And reading applications never becomes old. Every applicant is unique, and virtually everyone has accomplishments that reflect deep commitment, honest enthusiasm and a true love of learning.”

Of the total number of applicants, 25,616 have applied to the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, while 5,949 have applied to the Pratt School of Engineering.

The final number of applicants is expected to increase, Guttentag said.

The greatest growth among applicants in recent years has been from the West Coast and overseas, primarily China.

The applicant pool is almost evenly split among women and men. Among minority students, the greatest increases were among African-American and Native American students.

Admissions decisions will be made available to applicants online in early April.


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  • xylem01 Jan 22, 2013

    I am in the tech biz and let me tell you it does not take long for the Chinese to pirate your SW. - andy2

    @andy2, does that make our software developers inferior, or our software inferior? Can just anyone pirate our software?

  • andy2 Jan 18, 2013

    Morrigan - They already know all our Technology secrets. I am in the tech biz and let me tell you it does not take long for the Chinese to pirate your SW.

  • T-Man Jan 18, 2013

    "notice it said----with the greatest request from China" - streetglide

    Umm, re-read it then. It did NOT say the greatest request was from China. The article said, "The greatest growth among applicants in recent years has been from the West Coast and overseas, primarily China." Meaning that the largest increase from outside of the U.S. since last year was from China. Reading comprehension is crucial.

  • xylem01 Jan 18, 2013

    Kids today need to smarten up! They are not only competing locally but globally as well! Great to see this. The world is truly changing right before all our eyes. Wonder how many households in other countries have cable/satellite, smart phones, video games, etc.

  • RadioDJ Jan 18, 2013

    With the total number of applicants, does anyone seriously think for a moment that Duke is going to favor Chinese applicants over others for "money"? There are over 37 THOUSAND applicants trying to get in. You can figure that most of them are going to find some way of paying for their education. You don't need to be a Duke educated person to figure this out (although I AM). But mentioning China in the article was certain to elicit comments from a few.

  • 426X3 Jan 18, 2013

    Most if not all of the Chinese students will return to China after graduation. So much for educating our own.

  • Terkel Jan 17, 2013

    Then naturally we'll grant citizenship or at least permanent visas to the STEM foreign students upon graduation, and pay them to learn all our systems, technologies, and secrets.

  • streetglide Jan 17, 2013

    notice it said----with the greatest request from China,, this is a great education only a special few can afford in NC,, but the goverment of China pays for thier education to come to DUKE,, and wonder who will win in the end!! Does not take a DUKE grad to figure that out,, we are selling our souls & knowledge for money in the good ol USA--- Welcome to the NEW WORLD ORDER & its working !!

  • Terkel Jan 17, 2013

    I'd like to see a breakdown of applications by nationality (not race) and by school. I doubt the Chinese and "unnamed overseas country" students are applying to the liberal arts school.