Duke University is a highly competitive school and its admissions statistics make Duke University one of the 50 most competitive schools for undergraduate admissions globally. Similar to the trends across all top schools, Duke University acceptance rates have continued to decline over the past 8 years and will almost certainly continue to do so into the future.
The Class of 2021 was one of the most challenging years to be admitted to Duke University ever to date. For the Class of 2021, 34,300 students applied to Duke University of which 3,174 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 9.3%. Overall applications increased by 19.9% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 28,600 to 34,300.
For the Class of 2021, 861 students were admitted through the early admissions process. Total early applications totaled 3,516, yielding an early acceptance rate of 24.5%. Early applications increased by 1.8% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 3,455 to 3,516.