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Duke accepts 875 students Early Decision out of record number of applications

<p>Students enjoy the fall scenery on the way to class.</p>

Students enjoy the fall scenery on the way to class.

Duke has accepted 875 high school seniors into the Class of 2022.

A record number of 4,090 students applied Early Decision this year, which is 16 percent more than last year. With the increase, the Early Decision acceptance rate decreased to 21 percent, making this year's Early Decision process the most selective in Duke's history. 

Students of color make up 40 percent of the admitted students and international students comprise six percent.

“We received almost 600 more Early Decision applicants this year,” said Christoph Guttentag, dean of undergraduate admissions, in a Duke Today release. "We were gratified by the interest of so many talented and accomplished students."

Last year, 3,516 students applied early, and 861 were admitted—an acceptance rate of 24.5 percent. The early decision acceptance rates for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2019 were 23.5 percent and 26 percent, respectively.

This year, 707 students will be accepted to Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, and the remaining 168 in the Pratt School of Engineering.

Students admitted through Early Decision will make up 51 percent of the Class of 2022.