The Ivy Coach Daily

March 19, 2024

Duke University Waitlist Acceptance Rate

Duke University Waitlist Acceptance Rate
Duke University historically withholds some of its waitlist admissions statistics.

What is the Duke University waitlist acceptance rate? Does Duke often turn to its waitlist? If these are the questions in your head, chances are that your child was recently waitlisted to the Durham, North Carolina-based institution which ranks seventh in the 2024 US News & World Report college ranking.

And that means that regulation has concluded and your child is now in overtime. As such, the fight must continue if your child hopes to earn a spot in the Duke Class of 2028. So let’s dive in to answer all of your Duke waitlist questions and more!

Duke Waitlist University Acceptance Rates and Statistics

Duke University Class YearNumber of Students Waitlisted to DukeNumber of Students Who Chose to Join Duke WaitlistNumber of Students Accepted Off Duke WaitlistDuke Waitlist Acceptance Rate
Duke Class of 2028TBDTBDTBDTBD
Duke Class of 2027Not ReleasedNot ReleasedNot ReleasedNot Released
Duke Class of 2026Not ReleasedNot ReleasedNot ReleasedNot Released
Duke Class of 2025Not ReleasedNot Released88Not Released
Duke Class of 2024Not ReleasedNot Released381Not Released

Your Chances of Admission to Duke After Being Waitlisted

Historically, Duke University regularly turns to its waitlist — and often the school reaches deep into its waitlist.

Yet unlike the Offices of Institutional Research at Duke’s peer institutions, Duke University’s Office of Institutional Research does not maintain many Common Data Sets for public consumption. Duke currently keeps only two Common Data Sets on its website — for 2021-2022 and 2020-2021. And while, for most universities, the Common Data Set for 2021-2022 is for the Class of 2026, it’s for the Class of 2025 for Duke. Likewise, the Common Data Set for 2020-2021 is for the Class of 2024.

So while there is little data available, the two years that Duke has reported its waitlist data shows that the school relies on its waitlist to fill its incoming classes.

It should be noted, however, that the 381 students admitted off the waitlist to the Duke Class of 2024 was an aberration since all highly selective universities, like Duke, turned to their waitlists in record numbers that year. This trend was due to so many admitted students choosing to defer their enrollment by taking gap years because of the pandemic.

So while Duke doesn’t typically admit hundreds off its waitlist, the school often turns to its waitlist — and, in our experience over the last 30 years, the institution does not do so sparingly.

Your Chances of Admission to Duke After Being Waitlisted with Ivy Coach’s Help

Over the last 30 years, around 43% of students who first come to Ivy Coach after being placed on the Duke waitlist earn admission. It’s a figure we’re mighty proud of.

So why does Ivy Coach have such success with Duke’s waitlist? It boils down to our tried and true method of optimizing a student’s chances for admission after being placed in limbo. That two-step process is as follows:

  1. Complete Ivy Coach’s PostMortem application review. We need to see what a student did right and what they did wrong. The narrative we help craft can’t be out of left field. It must be consistent with the story conveyed in the application — just told in a much more compelling way.
  2.  Submit a powerful Letter of Continued Interest. Most students know they should submit a letter after being placed in limbo, and most know they should do so promptly after learning of their decision. Yet most students submit the wrong kind of letter — letters filled with brags and updates on everything they’ve done in the three months since they first applied. Ivy Coach’s letters contain no peacocking or updates. It’s a big reason our wonderfully weird love letters are so successful. We motivate admissions officers to want to root for our students. We dare them not to offer them admission!

Getting Started with Ivy Coach on Duke Waitlist

If you wish to give your child the best shot possible at earning admission off the Duke waitlist, fill out Ivy Coach’s complimentary consultation form, indicate that your child has been waitlisted, and we’ll get back to you. We understand that you need to contact Duke urgently to express your continued interest. As such, you’ll receive an immediate response to your inquiry, and you’ll be able to set up a complimentary consultation to learn about Ivy Coach’s waitlist service within the next day or so.

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