Duke admitted 2,148 high school seniors to the Class of 2027 through its Regular Decision admissions cycle, according to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag.
There were 44,589 Regular Decision applicants, bringing the acceptance rate for Regular Decision to 4.8%.
For the Class of 2026, the Regular Decision acceptance rate was 4.6%.
This is an increase from the Class of 2025’s Regular Decision acceptance rate of 4.3%, but remains lower than the Class of 2024’s 6%.
“Everyone reading applications this year was struck by the academic quality of the applicant pool, but even more so by the students’ commitment to their classmates and their communities,” Guttentag said.
Of particular note to admissions officers was students’ engagement in community service and in acts of kindness to one another, according to Guttentag.
“Teachers and counselors made sure to tell us about the times when students tangibly supported each other, and we expect those values to be noticeable when they come to Duke. I think the combination of talent, diversity and community will be a hallmark of the Class of 2027.”
In December, Duke admitted 800 students to the Class of 2027 through its Early Decision round from a pool of 4,880 applicants, which marked the second-largest Early Decision applicant pool in University history, according to Guttentag. The Early Decision acceptance rate was the lowest in history at 16.5%.
This brings the University’s overall acceptance rate this year to 6%, the second lowest in Duke’s history.
Duke plans to increase the total amount of need-based financial aid from $134 million to $140 million this academic year, which will increase the average grant offer from $54,000 to $58,000. In February, the Board of Trustees approved a nearly 4.9% increase in the cost of attendance for undergraduates.
Guttentag did not respond to The Chronicle’s request for comment about trends in applications, test-optional admissions and legacy admissions.
Admissions decisions were released Friday at 6 p.m.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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Adway S. Wadekar is a Trinity junior and news editor of The Chronicle's 119th volume.