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DURHAM, NC (AP) — The hottest ticket in Durham might be a spot in the class of 2016, if the record number of applications for the freshman class at Duke University is any indicator.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reports the school has received more than 31,500 applications from high school seniors, a record number.

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Christoph Guttentag says applications have increased by 55 percent in the last four years.

Nearly 650 students have been admitted under an early admission policy, so the remaining applicants are competing for around 1,060 spots.

California produced the largest number of applicants, with North Carolina second and New York third.

There’s also been growth in applications from students in other countries. China has the largest number of foreign applicants, followed by Korea and Canada.

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