New Students

First-Year Orientation


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Greetings from New Student Programs!

We are excited you will be starting at Duke this fall. Our team is looking forward to meeting you and greeting you and your family when you come to campus.

The six days prior to the start of classes each fall comprise Orientation Welcome Week. As the only official orientation program Duke has, the week is packed with events ranging from convocation to academic advising to social events on the quad.

Pay attention to these pages as we get closer to your arrival in August. We'll be providing a variety of details on what to do, where and when, and how to get there, along with a lot of other helpful information to get you started with confidence. And don't worry, if you forget to visit this page over and over, we'll be reaching out to you in other ways to make sure you have the information you need.

As you begin to make travel plans, please remember some of these key dates:

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Sunday, August 27, 2017: New Student Orientation Welcome Week 
  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 8:30AM-3:00PM: Move In Day (Your residence hall's specific move in time slot can be accessed in your MyDuke portal in mid-July)
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 10:45AM: New Student Convocation 
  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Wednesday, August 23, 2017: Parent and Family Orientation (For more information, click here)

For more information on International Student Orientation, please click here

For more information on Pre-Orientaiton Programs, please click here

  • First Big Week: Monday, August 28, 2017 - Sunday, September 3, 2017 (Full schedule will be available within the Orientation Welcome Week 2017 guide. Download Duke Guides in the app store today! 
  • Parent and Family Orientation: Be sure to check out information on Parent Orientation: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 to Wednesday, August 23, 2017 here at Duke! For more information, check out the Parent & Families website.