New Students

  • World Cup Road Show

    Join New Student Programs, International House, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, and the Center for Multicultural Affairs for the 2014 World Cup viewing parties.

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  • Class of 2018 Blue Book

    Videos, information, pdf versions, and more.

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  • Passport To Penn Winners!

  • Welcome

    Welcome Class of 2018!

  • Preorientation Programs

    Preorientation Programs

Who We Are: 

WELCOME TO DUKE!  The Office of New Student Programs provides programs and resources to our new student populations that effectively transition incoming students to Duke by promoting intellectual curiosity and building community.  We provide part of the foundation of the undergraduate experience and serve as a resource and support network for new students. Please feel free to contact any member of the office staff - we would be happy to offer you our assistance, advice and support. Read more.

Have You Heard?

Jul 22, 2014

Most people do not like talking about their problems, whether they are academic, financial or emotional – especially at a place like Duke. The stigma attached to mental health issues do not mix well with the Duke community. Things become a lot more daunting when there are unrelenting expectations to be the perfect student with an immaculate academic record; this quickly tears away at one’s self-esteem and life.

When I first arrived on campus, two years ago, I was ambitious and ready to tackle whatever was thrown at me. However, following my first semester, I realized that things were not fine.

Jul 22, 2014

Hello Class of 2018! My name is Gabrielle Sawyer and I am a rising junior studying Public Policy and Markets and Management. I have just returned home to Washington, D.C. after spending a very eventful semester in SoCal with Duke in Los Angeles. In addition to taking courses with USC and Duke professors, I interned at Overbrook Entertainment on the Sony Pictures Studio lot. The decision to trade in Durham for Hollywood was an uncanny one given my calculated nature. Before leaving, I was a straight-laced pre-med student wary of exploring my lingering interests for film and media. Given the traditional nature of Duke, I never thought it possible to make a living in the entertainment industry. My perspective began to change as I connected with Duke alumni that work as successful producers, agents, and journalists. 

Giving up pre-med has been one of the most uncomfortable and stressful decisions I have made so far at Duke.

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