Total applications to Duke University surged this year by about 4,000 students. Between Early Decision and Regular Decision, Duke received 41,500 applications to its Class of 2023. This figure compares to 37,302 applications to its Class of 2022. As our readers may remember, 4,852 students applied to the Duke Class of 2023 under its binding Early Decision program — compared to 4,090 ED applicants to its Class of 2022. Based on our math, this means that 36,648 students applied Regular Decision to Duke’s Class of 2023 — compared to 33,212 RD applications to its Class of 2022.
Duke Seeks Interesting Students with Specific Academic Interests
As reports Kathryn Silberstein for “The Duke Chronicle” in a piece entitled “Duke received more than 41,000 applications this year, Dean Guttentag tells Arts and Sciences Council,” “A successful student is one that not only has outstanding academic credentials, but is also interesting, intellectual and invested in making an impact, [Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph] Guttentag said. ‘We have the luxury of choosing the interesting students from among the smart ones,’ Guttentag said. He added students are increasingly zeroing in on their specific academic interests, identifying faculty, programs, certificate programs and courses that are relevant to their interests. This new trend has also created an additional avenue for selecting students. What brings top students to Duke is the sense of community and support that students find in the campus culture that sets Duke apart from comparable institutions, Guttentag said.”
Ivy Coach’s Students Are Always Interesting, Singularly Talented
Our regular readers know that one of the key differentiators of Ivy Coach’s students is: they’re interesting or weird as we like to say. They’re singularly talented — and that talent is of interest to elite colleges like Duke. They demonstrate to admissions officers how they’re going to change the world in one super specific way, as Guttentag alludes. Unlike so many students applying to elite colleges, they’re not well-rounded. Duke isn’t interested in the three-sport athlete who plays a music instrument and spends a few hours each week volunteering at a homeless shelter (as good of a deed as that may be!). Rather, our students dare admissions officers not to admit someone who is going to leave a mark on the world in a unique way. It’s what Duke is looking for. In fact, it’s what every elite college is looking for.