Orientation: Welcome to Duke!

We are excited to offer a new and improved orientation experience for all new students in August 2022. We're working around the clock to create the best orientation possible for the Class of 2026 and new transfer students

Please note: Move-In Day for first-year students will be Saturday, August 20. Orientation will occur August 20-28. 

Transfer Student Move-In Day will be Tuesday, August 23. Orientation will occur August 23-28.

We can't wait to welcome you to campus!

students in blue duke shirts mid-jump in front of the chapelWelcome to Duke, Class of 2026!

Get ready to have fun! The Class of 2026 will engage in a brand new and exciting experiential orientation. All new-to-Duke students will be orientated to Duke and Durham through a thematic-based orientation group emphasizing small group interaction, upper-class mentorship, and fun throughout each day. Throughout Orientation Week, you will grow close to your group, participate in duke traditions, take field trips, learn about Duke campus and resources, make meaningful relationships, and learn what it means to be a Duke student.  

Students will move in, participate in one of 18 thematically-based orientation programs, and then come together as a full class to wrap up the Orientation week before classes begin. 

Learn more about the programs below. 


First-year orientation, required of all new students, begins on Move In Day August 20 and continues through August 28. Convocation will be Sunday, August 28. The First Day of Class will be Monday, August 29.  

Experiential Orientation Programs

Click on each program in your Blue Book to learn more about our 18 experiential orientation programs!

We are excited you have chosen Duke as your home for your undergraduate education. The Duke International Student Center welcomes you! Our goal is to assist you during this transition in your life and be your home away from home. We hope your experience at Duke is a memorable time for you to connect with others, learn, and grow.

Learn more about international orientation

Welcome to Duke! 

As a member of the Transfer Class, you are about to begin the journey of Duke University undergraduate education at Duke. The Transfer Orientation program is your key to a successful start as one of the newest members of our community. It is designed to introduce you to many of the academic and co-curricular opportunities that Duke has to offer!

Transfer Student Orientation will be held Tuesday, August 23rd through Sunday, August 28th. 

Get more information in the Blue Book