New Students

Project BUILD

The 2017 Pre-Orientation Application will open on Monday, May 1, 2017 (by 5pm EDT) and close on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:59pm.

Click here to apply now!

Welcome to Project BUILD!

I am excited to congratulate you on the BEST decision you will make regarding your Duke experience. For me, the transition from high school to college was filled with anticipation, curiosity, and excitement as I wondered what life at Duke would be like. Although BUILD only encourages sentiments of anticipation, curiosity, and excitement, it also helps students get an invaluable look ahead at what it’s like to live as a part of the Duke and Durham communities.

BUILD stands for Building Undergraduate Involvement in the Life of Durham. Each year we construct our own community of upperclassmen crew leaders€ and first-year crewlettes.€ First-years and returning participants grow close as they visit a vast array of service sites in Durham throughout the 8-day program. The diverse group of crew leaders are involved in the full spectrum of academic and co-curricular activities and serve as mentors for first-years as they transition into their lives as Duke students and Durham residents.

Alongside our service, fun activities like costume roller skating, karaoke, bowling, and Durham Bulls games bring the BUILD community together. Additionally, each night ends with late night “crew” bonding. You will have the opportunity to share what makes you uniquely you with individuals who will support you throughout your time at Duke and truly become family. Indeed, many first-years tend to get little sleep during the program because they spend most nights chatting with other BUILDers and learning more about all aspects of Duke life. BUILDers of all ages agree that they met many of their best friends when they were first-year students in the program.

We have been planning BUILD 2017 since the beginning of the 2015-1016 school year and we cannot wait for you to join us for the greatest week of the year. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of New Student Programs at or 919-684-351.1

Brian Buhr
Project BUILD Director 2017

P.S. Your Blue Book will include more information about the application and program!

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