Duke University mailed acceptance letters to 3,517 high school seniors out of a record 23,843 applications submitted for the regular-decision process.
The mailing brings the university’s total offers of admission to 4,065, including 548 early-decision applicants accepted in December, the university said in a release. (Duke received 1,539 early-decision applications, the second-largest number in the university’s history). This represents an acceptance rate of 17 percent, the lowest in Duke’s history.
Duke expects about 1,705 of the accepted students to enroll this fall.
A notable trend among accepted applicants for the Class of 2013 is that almost one in five did not specify their race or ethnicity, compared to about one in 10 among accepted applicants for the Class of 2012, said Christoph Guttentag, dean of Undergraduate Admissions.
“It’s hard to understand exactly what this represents without knowing whether other colleges have experienced the same thing,” Guttentag said in the release. ”But a change of this magnitude shows that at the very least more students are feeling differently about how they want to respond to questions of this kind, or whether they want to respond at all.”