The first 753 members of the Class of 2017 will receive notification of their admittance Wednesday night.
Out of the 2,540 early decision applicants, 753 will be admitted, the University announced Tuesday. These students have already committed to attend the University as part of the early decision application process. Although the University received 70 fewer early decision applications than last year, 106 more applicants were admitted.
"We always approach Early Decision curious to see what the applicant pool will be like and without a preconceived notion of how many students we will be able accept,” Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag said in a Duke news release. “Some years—such as last year—we end up admitting the same number as the year before. This year there were considerably more students whose applications were compelling, and we appreciate the interest of those exceptional students who know Duke is their clear first choice.”
The Class of 2017 is expected to be comprised of 1,705 students, so the early decision students will account for 44 percent of the class. Of the 753 students, 618 will enroll in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, and the remaining 135 will enroll in the Pratt School of Engineering.
A total of 607 applicants were deferred to the regular decision applicant pool.
The admitted students are comprised of 29 percent students of color—a 1 percent drop from last year—and international students account for 7 percent, consistent with last year.
North Carolina, New York, California, Florida and New Jersey are the most highly represented states. North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Colorado and Maryland saw the largest increases in acceptances.
The remaining 962 places in the Class of 2017 will be filled through the regular decision process in the Spring. Regular decisions notices will be announced March 30.