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Pre-Orientation Programs


Applications for Fall 2021 are now closed.

For more information on pre-orientation programs, please click on the navigation bar or click here to view the Blue Book website with information on each pre-orientation program. 

Learn more about our Pre-Orientation Programs

New Student Programs supports and oversees all but one of Duke’s Pre-Orientation Programs. Click below for more information on each program. 

Project BUILD

  • Project BUILD helps to engage students in service projects that familiarize them with the Duke and Durham community.  

Project WILD

  • Project WILD is a back-country adventure taking place around the Research Triangle this summer. The program helps students connect with the outdoors through back-packing, hiking, rock-climbing and more. 

Project Waves

  • Project Waves provides students with the opportunity to participate in water activities and engage with opportunities focused on marine life and aquatic adventure. This summer, the program will take place locally in the Research Triangle.

Project Search

  • Project Search is designed to provide research opportunities to students in the humanities or biological sciences. 

Project Change

  • Project Change focuses on ethical leadership and social change sponsored by The Kenan Institute for Ethics. Please note: Project Change will not be running a program summer 2021.

Project Arts

  • Project Arts empowers students to engage in a variety of artistic mediums that help them express their transition to college.

Project Edge

  • Project Edge introduces students to the world of creative and practical design through experiences related to design thinking, rapid prototyping, and problem solving.