Duke sees record number of applicants

Posted January 6, 2011 3:31 p.m. EST

— More than 29,500 high school seniors have submitted applications for admission to Duke University this year, eclipsing last year’s record by 10 percent, officials said Thursday.

This is the fourth year in a row in which the number of applications has set a record. The number of applicants to Duke has increased by 54 percent in the last three years.

“We’re gratified by the interest we’re seeing nationwide and worldwide in Duke,” Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag said in a statement. “These are exceptional young women and men, and our challenge will be to understand which ones, individually and as a group, will represent the best match for Duke."

The largest number of applicants are from California, with New York second and North Carolina a close third. The greatest growth among applicants in recent years has been among students from the West Coast and from overseas.

Guttentag said he expects the incoming class to have about 1,700 students.