Duke University: Acceptance Rates & Statistics

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Duke University Early Admissions

Duke accepted 840 of the 5,036 students who applied under its Early Decision program to the Class of 2025. Last year, Duke reported that 4,300 students applied under its Early Decision program and admitted 887 to the Class of 2024. Early decision applicants will make up 49 percent of Duke’s Class of 2025, comprising around 1720 student.

Record Low Accepted RD

More than 41,600 students applied for admission this year—the highest number ever received— with 36,761 applying Regular Decision. Of these applicants, only 2,101 students (5.7%) were accepted—making it more selective in the RD pool than its Ivy League competitors, such as Brown (7.4%), Penn (7.3%), and Dartmouth (9.9%). 81 students who were deferred ED were also admitted in the regular admissions pool.

New Initiatives for the Duke Class of 2023

For the first time, students admitted this year will be eligible to apply for funding to support a gap year. The Duke Gap Year Program will offer between $5,000 and $15,000 to successful applicants who wish to participate in a year of service between high school and college.

Additionally, Duke is among the few institutions nationally committed to a need-blind admissions policy. In the coming year, Duke plans to invest $175 million in university funds to support undergraduate financial aid, which includes support for study abroad, summer programs, etc. in addition to tuition. Around half of all Duke students receive some form of financial assistance from the university each year. In spite of these renewed efforts, 19% of enrolled Duke students still come from the top 1% (families who make about $630,000 or more per year).

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