2013 Entering Class Welcomed to Duke Divinity School

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Friday, August 30, 2013

This week Duke Divinity School welcomed an entering class of 242 new students, up from 223 new students in 2012. Students are from 25 states and the United Kingdom, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, Ireland, and Germany.

The M.Div. degree program grew from 134 new students in 2012 to 152 new students this year. The two doctoral programs at Duke Divinity School—the D.Min. and the Th.D.—also saw an increase in new students for 2013.

Across all degree programs, women make up 38% of entering students. Black students make up 10% of the entering class in 2013; Asian students, 5%; Hispanic students, 4%; Native American students, 3%; and white students, 76%.

Thirty denominations are represented in the entering class, with 42% of all entering students affiliated with the United Methodist Church or other denominations in the Wesleyan tradition. Baptist students make up 11% of students; Anglican/Episcopal, 10%; Presbyterian, 6%; Roman Catholic, 2%; and nondenominational students, 6%.

Nearly half of all new students in the M.Div. program are from the United Methodist Church or other Wesleyan traditions. Women comprise 42% of the entering M.Div. class. The median age of new students in the M.Div. degree is 24, and their median GPA from their undergraduate institutions is 3.6.

“This is one of the largest incoming classes of students ever across our seven degree programs,” said McKennon Shea, director of admissions. “The most common phrase I heard over the past year from campus ministers, church pastors, and college professors is that Duke continues to be the top choice for their top students. We are fortunate to have so many bright and confident students choosing Duke for their next step in their educational and vocational journeys.”

The Divinity School welcomed the entering class with an orientation program and picnic, and Opening Convocation was held on Tuesday, August 27.