The Duke University Class of 2022 Early Decision statistics have been released. In all, 4,090 students made a binding commitment to attend Duke if admitted in the Early Decision round. Of these 4,090 high school applicants, 875 were offered admission. This marks a 21.39% admit rate for Duke’s Class of 2022. With a record-setting pool, one that was 16% larger than for the Class of 2021, it was by all accounts a banner year for the Durham, North Carolina-based university. Particularly of note, the record-setting number of Early Decision applications did not follow a long run for the Duke men’s basketball team in March Madness. Duke fell in the Round of 32 this past NCAA Tourney season to South Carolina. So while we are often the first to suggest that strong years in admissions at Duke often follow long runs in the NCAA Tournament, we’ll also point out when this isn’t the case. It isn’t the case for the Early Decision pool at Duke for the Class of 2022.
Congratulations to our Ivy Coach students who earned admission to Duke University this Early Decision cycle. Every last one of you got in and we’re so proud of you!
Breakdown of the Duke University Class of 2022 Early Decision Admits
As reports the “Duke Today” Staff in a piece about Duke’s Class of 2022, “Of the 875 students offered admission, 707 will enroll in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the remaining 168 will enroll in the Pratt School of Engineering. North Carolina is the state with the greatest representation among students admitted through Early Decision, followed closely by New York and California. Students of color comprise 40 percent of those admitted, and international students make up six percent. For the second year, Duke participated in the QuestBridge Scholars program, a recruitment program geared specifically toward low-income and first-generation students; 37 of the admitted Early Decision students are QuestBridge Scholars. With the increase in the number of applicants, the admit rate for Early Decision was 21 percent, the most selective Early Decision process in Duke’s history.”
North Carolina Representation in Duke’s Class of 2022
Highly selective private universities love to support their home states. These schools are a part of these communities. Dartmouth College loves to support New Hampshire residents. University of Pennsylvania loves to support Pennsylvania residents. And the same is certainly true at Duke University. We would argue it’s particularly the case at Duke because the school doesn’t exactly set the standard for having the best town-gown relations. This was never more evident than when three Duke lacrosse players were falsely accused of rape. And so it’s telling that Duke’s longtime Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag (who cracks Ivy Coach’s top ten list of most candid deans of admissions) focuses on the fact that the state with the greatest representation among admitted Duke students to its Class of 2022 is North Carolina. Indeed “Duke Today” leads with this mention in the subheading of its press release.
As Guttentag says, as quoted in the piece in “Duke Today,” “I was particularly pleased to see so many students from North Carolina among those we admitted. We always seek to enroll the most talented students from our home state, and this is an excellent step towards that goal.” Well said!
Congratulations to our students at Ivy Coach who earned admission to Duke this Early Decision cycle!