New Students

Preorientation Programs

The 2017 Pre-Orientation Application is now closed

New Student Programs supports and oversees all but one of Duke’s pre-orientation programs. There are currently 6 programs: Projects BUILD, Search, Waves, WILD, Change and Arts.

Project BUILD is a one-week program where students engage in service projects that familiarize them with the Duke and Durham community. August 14, 2017 - August 21, 2017 Price: $405

Project WILD is a two-week program during which students travel to Pisgah National Forest and participate in a back-country adventure. (This program will resume in the summer of 2018)

Project Waves is a one-week program where students participate in water activities at Duke’s marine lab in Beaufort, NC. August 14, 2017 - August 22, 2017 (students will return to campus on move-in day) Price: $510

Project Search is a two-week program designed to provide research opportunities to students who have not had substantial lab experiences and/or science courses prior to admissions. August 6, 2017 - August 21, 2017 Price: $510

Project Change focuses on ethical leadership and social change sponsored by The Kenan Institute for Ethics. August 14, 2017 - August 21, 2017 Price: $75 (registration fee only)

Finally, Project Arts allows students to engage in a variety of artistic mediums while focusing on the impact of the arts in the surrounding community. August 14, 2017 - August 21, 2017 Price: $510


For more information or questions about registration, please call our office at 919-684-3511.

Please note: All pricing includes the $75 registration fee due upon submission of your application If you are not accepted into a pre-orientation program, you will be refunded the $75 registration fee required to apply. All participants will be notified in June.