I'm also hoping to apply for Duke. However, I recently realized that tuition is higher than I thought, so I'm wavering a little bit. I'm sure I'd love the program, but $88,000 for four semesters just in tuition is kinda scary!
I participated in the webinar this week about admissions and have a few answers to your questions:
- They usually get between 350-400 applications and accept 70-75 students. So that's between a 20% and 18% acceptance rate. Eek!
- On the personal statements, they said to make sure you're answering the question fully. Consider the questions your "interview on paper."
I'm not sure where else I'm going to apply. So many schools
have weird pre-reqs that I haven't taken and don't particularly have time to (ie- Ethics or Speech). UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Jacksonville, Drexel and University of Colorado all meet my preferred requirements (in a cool enough city/state, not excessively expensive, and no weird pre-reqs), but they all have such different application deadlines, it's confusing. Anyone else running into either of those issues?
Hope to hear from others soon!