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Duke gets record applicant pool

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Newsflash: Duke is popular.

The university reports today that more than 29,500 high school seniors have applied this year, eclipsing the previous record by 10 percent.

Best of luck to them. They're vying for a seat in a class of about 1,700 new students this fall.

The previous record was set a year ago. In fact, this marks the fourth straight year in which the total applications number has set a record. In the last three years, Duke's total number of applicants has swelled 54 percent.

“We’re gratified by the interest we’re seeing nationwide and worldwide in Duke,” Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag said in a news release. “We’re also humbled; 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."

More than 60 percent of applicants are seeking need-based financial aid, Guttentag added.

From the news release:

The current number of high school seniors applying to be part of Duke’s Class of 2015 is 29,526. Of that number, 24,307 have applied to the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences (a 10.8 percent increase over last year), while 5,219 have applied to the Pratt School of Engineering (a 7.7 percent increase). The final number of applicants is expected to increase slightly as applications submitted by mail are received.

California again provided the largest number of applicants, 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.

The applicant pool is fairly evenly divided between males and females.

Among students of color, the greatest increases were among Latino students and students of Asian descent. Admissions decisions will be made available to applicants online in early April.

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Eric Ferreri covers higher education and general news.