The last day of March was also the first day that approximately 2,200 applicants from around the world learned that they had been accepted to Duke University.
This year, just over 50,000 students applied for enrollment, the most ever. Of the 855 students accepted as early decision candidates in December, a total of 3,085 were invited to join the Class of 2026.
Applicants were notified on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Duke received 50,002 undergraduate applications this year, up about 1 percent from last year, the largest year-over-year increase in the school’s history.
Of those, 45,941 applied through Duke’s Regular Decision program, up from 44,133 last year. Among Regular Decision applicants, 2,120 students – 4.6 percent – will receive an acceptance notification.
Another 110 students who applied for early decision and whose decisions were postponed until March will also learn that they have been accepted.
Students have until May 2 to make a final decision.
“This will be an outstanding introductory course,” said Christoph Guttentag, dean of undergraduate admissions. “We especially noticed their commitment to communities and the environment. I think Duke will gain a particularly engaged, active and diverse student body.”
Guttentag said he is especially proud of the work of the admissions staff this year.
“It’s been an extremely challenging year for us,” he said. “We received 1,500 regular decision applications more than last year and during the reading process we had to accommodate the departure of two staff members. The receiving station staff responded with creativity, energy and tremendous effort.”
For US citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented students, Duke’s admissions policy is “need-blind,” meaning that applicants are admitted regardless of their ability to pay. Duke will cover 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students in need.
In the current academic year, Duke expects to provide approximately $134 million in need-based financial aid to support undergraduate students. The average grant offer is over $54,000 per year for grant applicants.
All applicants can receive their decisions online, and accepted students will receive letters by mail. Students can respond to offers of admission or waitlist online.
All early decision and regular decision students are invited to attend Blue Devil Days in April.