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Duke extends early decision deadline for applicants affected by Hurricane Michael

Duke has pushed back the Early Decision deadline for applicants who were affected by Hurricane Michael. 

Students affected by the recent storm will now have until Nov. 12 to submit their early decision applications—the same extended deadline granted to Florence-affected students last month. 

The new deadline will also apply to students whose schools remained closed Oct. 15. Some schools in southern Georgia and the Florida Panhandle, where Michael hit the strongest, have closed indefinitely.

“Although we know you will have far more important considerations than the college admissions process at this time, we hope the [accommodations] will alleviate some of the concerns students considering applying to Duke may have,” a Tuesday news release said.

The hurricane, a Category 4 with winds reaching 155 miles-per-hour at its strongest point, struck the Florida panhandle from the Gulf of Mexico last week. It left parts of the area, such as Mexico Beach, Florida, devastated, and sent strong winds and rain through the Carolinas after it weakened to a tropical storm. 

As of Monday night, the storm-related death toll for Michael had climbed to 18—including three in North Carolina—and President Donald Trump had traveled to Florida and Georgia to survey the damage caused by the storm.

The students who were impacted will receive other admissions accommodations identical to those announced after Florence. After Hurricane Florence swept the Carolinas, the Admissions Office announced that students in North and South Carolina will receive application fee waivers and not be required to report SAT Subject Test scores, according to a news release.

For the Class of 2022, 4,090 students applied early decision and 875 were admitted.

All other students will submit their early decision applications by Nov. 1, as normally scheduled. The regular decision deadline for the Class of 2023 is Jan. 2, 2019. 


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