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 6 programs: Projects BUILD, Search, Waves, WILD, Change and Arts. But, a brand new program called Project EDGE will begin this August 2018. 

Project BUILD : August 13, 2018 - August 20, 2018

Project WILD:  August 10, 2018 - August 20, 2018

Project Waves:  August 13, 2018 - August 21, 2018

Project Search: August 5, 2018 - August 20, 2018

  • 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 13, 2018 - August 20, 2018 

Project Arts: August 13, 2018 -  August 20, 2018

Project Edge: August 13, 2018 - August 20, 2018

  • 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 2018 Pre-Orientation Application will open May 2018. Specific dates, deadlines, and program information will be included in your Blue Book

Questions and Concerns?

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

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.   

  • Project WILD, Project Waves, Project Search, Project Arts, and Project Edge: $510 (includes $75 registration fee)
  • Project BUILD: $405 (includes $75 registration fee) 
  • Project Change: $75 (participants are only responsible for $75 registration fee) 

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.