Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, 840 students will learn that they are the first members of Duke University’s Class of 2025.
The students applied as Early Decision applicants, indicating that Duke is their first choice and committing to enroll at the university if admitted.
Of these, 676 plan to enroll in the Trinity School of Arts & Sciences, and 164 in the Pratt School of Engineering, said Christoph Guttentag, dean of admissions.
Duke received 5,036 early decision applicantions -- a 16 percent increase over last year and the most early decision applicants in the university's history. The 840 new students represent a 16.7 percent admit rate, compared to 20.7 percent last year and 18.2 percent in 2018, Guttentag said.
The states most represented by the early decision admits are North Carolina, New York, California and Florida.
“We were particularly pleased at the increase in the early decision applicant pool given all the challenges students, families and schools faced this year," Guttentag said. "The students who applied were exceptionally accomplished, and we had a difficult time choosing among them. These students will create an unusually talented and diverse foundation for the Class of 2025, and we look forward to welcoming them to campus in person next fall.”
Also, 32 early decision students admittted at Duke Kunshan University in China represent a 25 percent increase compared to last year. It's the university's fourth year of undergraduate admissions.