New Students

Pre-Orientation Programs

Learn more about our Pre-Orientation Programs

New Student Programs supports and oversees all but one of Duke’s Pre-Orientation Programs. There are currently 7 programs: Projects BUILD, Search, Waves, WILD, Change, Arts and Edge. 

Project BUILD : August 12-19, 2019

Project WILD:  August 7-19, 2019

Project Waves:  August 12-20, 2019

Project Search: August 4-19, 2019

  • 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. Click here to learn more about Project Search. 

Project Change: August 12-19, 2019

Project Arts: August 12-19, 2019

Project Edge: August 12-19, 2019

  • Project EDGE is a brand new, week-long journey into the world of creative and practical design in which students will work on teams and participate in design thinking, rapid prototyping, and problem solving. Click here to learn more about Project Edge.


Application Information: 

The 2019 Pre-Orientation Application will open on May 1, 2019 and close on June 1, 2019. Specific dates, deadlines, and program information will be included in your Blue Book, which you will receive in May. 

Participant Selection Information: 

Please note that Project Arts, Change, Edge, and Search have additional application questions. Selections for these programs will, in part, be based on these questions. Project BUILD, Waves and WILD will be selected at random based on space in the program and your program choice. Selection is not granted on a rolling basis. All applications that are received by the June 1 deadline will be eligible for consideration. 

Application Question Information

Project Arts

  1. Please rank the program in preference order
  2. As part of your application you strongly encouraged (but not required) to submit ANY supplement(s) to compliment the art(s) discipline(s) you ranked above. Any submissions should be emailed to and the subject line should be “First Name Last Name - Portfolio Submission” and supplement materials can be links to files hosted on line, files directly attached to the email, links to Youtube or Vimeo, links Flickr, 500PX, or a personal website.  Examples of acceptable supplements for each arts disciplines can be found below.

    A video recording of you performing alone or as part of a group (if a group please specify which dancer you are)

    And/or a resume of your training and history dancing


    A video or audio recording of you performing, ideally alone but band or group performances are acceptable as well

    And/or a resume of your musical history

    Creative Writing

    Sample pieces of any type of creative writing including poems, essays, short stories, or plays.

    And/or a list of any awards or special recognition you’ve received for your artwork


    A video recording of you performing in any sort of theatrical or musical production (be sure to specify which actor you are if the recording involves more than just yourself)

    And/or a resume of any theatrical performances you’ve been a part of

    Visual Arts

    Pictures of your artwork

    And/or a list of any awards or special recognition you’ve received for your artwork

    Visual Media

    Any photographs you have taken or videos you have shot and/or edited

    For large video files we ask that you provide a Youtube or Vimeo link to the video.

    And/or a list of any awards or special recognition you’ve received for your artwork

  3. Will you be submitting any supplemental materials? (Yes/No)

Project Change

  1. Identify your race
  2. What is the occupation of parent 1?
  3. What is the occupation of parent 2?
  4. Please state your intended occupation.
  5. Please indicate any languages you speak fluently.
  6. Please indicate your favorite free time activity.
  7. Describe one thing you would change about the world and why.
  8. Describe your biggest failure.
  9. Describe how your closest friend would describe you, how your parents would describe you, and how someone who you just met and spent 15 minutes talking to you would describe you. Explain the difference. 

Project Edge

  1. What excites you the most about Project Edge? How do you think you would benefit from it? (Max: 250 words)
  2. Please describe a time you faced an unexpected challenge. How did you change directions to find a new solution? Did you learn anything new? (Max: 250 words)
  3. What does innovation mean to you? (Max: 50 words)
  4. What are your areas of academic or entrepreneurial interest? (Max: 50 words)
  5. What do you like to do outside of schoolwork? Why? (Max: 100 words)
  6. Get creative! Give us three alternate uses for a kitchen trash can? (Max: 100 words)

Project Search

  1. Please indicate your track preference.
  2. Please indicate your primary academic intellectual interest(s); for example, history, biology, psychology, etc.
  3. Have you had any prior experience doing research in the humanities, social sciences or biological sciences? If so, what type of research did you conduct and what part of performing research did you enjoy the most? Remember it's perfectly ok if you do not have any research experience

Pricing and Financial Aid Information:

Below is the pricing information associated with each pre-orientation program. Students who receive need-based financial aid from Duke may be eligible for assistance to attend pre-orientation programs. Please make note of this request on the online registration form when you apply. You will be notified of the status of your request for financial assistance in July. While we will make every effort to accommodate each request, please understand that we have limited funds available for this purpose.   

  • Program pricing information will be released in Spring 2019. 

Please note: All above 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 of their application status. We strongly encourage you not to make any non-refundable travel arrangements until you are notified of your acceptance into a pre-orientation program. 

Questions and Concerns?

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