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Summer Engagement

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Welcome to Duke!

From the moment you say "yes" to attending Duke University, New Student and Family Programs remains in communication with students and families in a number of critical ways:

  • The Blue Book
  • Summer Transition Series
  • Weekly Digests for First-Year and Transfer students
  • Social Media

From Experiential Orientation projects, packing lists, move-in day details, and much more, you will find the information you need here to ensure a smooth transition to Duke.


The Blue Book

One of the most important resources is the Blue Book. The Blue Book outlines critical resources and includes specific deadlines for everything you need to do during the summer before you arrive on campus. 

CLASS OF 2028: YOUR BLUE BOOK IS NOW LIVE!

Transfer students: Your Blue Book will be live in June!


Summer Transition Series

Need help determining which classes to register for? Do you want to chat with administrators about the health forms needed before arriving in August? Join us online for opportunities to engage in real-time to answer your pressing questions. Make your transition easy with help from New Student and Family Programs!

The Summer Transition Series will help you:

  • INTERACT: Meet influential members of the Duke community.
  • COMMUNICATE: Talk directly with “experts” regarding topics that interest YOU.
  • CONNECT: Access all sessions conveniently online. It’s as easy as checking your email.

2024 SCHEDULE

Session times will vary. Please check registration or see the schedule for the times below:

Join us for Living at Duke (Part 1) with Housing and Residence Life. Connect with the Housing Assignments team to learn more about the Housing application process and have your questions answered.

Click here to review the webinar recording.

Interact with staff from Duke Dining, DukeCard, and the Office of Information Technology/IT Security.

Click here to register!

Connect with Pratt Deans to get your advising and registration questions answered.

Click here to register!

Interact with staff from the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support. Learn more about your financial aid and have your questions answered.

Click here to register!

Join team members from Student Health (Immunizations, Health Insurance, and Nutrition) as they answer questions and share insight on what to expect before you arrive and when you are on campus this fall.

Click here to register!

Join DuWell, CAPS, and DukeReach team members as they answer questions and share insight into what to expect on campus this fall.

Click here to register!

Connect with Trinity Academic Advising Center advisors to get your advising and registration questions answered.

Click here to register!

Connect with Prehealth Advisors to get your advising and registration questions answered.

Click here to register!

Join staff from Housing & Residence Life (HRL) and the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards (OSCCS) to learn about housing policies and how to build a strong community in the residence halls. Students are highly encouraged to join this live webinar.

All incoming students must participate live or watch this webinar recording before arriving on campus.

Registration coming soon!

Join members of the New Student and Family Programs team as they answer your final questions for Move-In Day, experiential orientation, and your start at Duke.

Registration coming soon!

Join members of the New Student and Family Programs team as they answer your final questions for Move-In Day, experiential orientation, and your start at Duke.

Registration coming soon!


The Duke Common Experience

For 20+ years, incoming Duke students have shared a common summer reading called the Duke Common Experience (DCE). The book is intended to be a common intellectual touchstone for Duke students that sparks engaging conversation outside of the classroom and introduces new-to-Duke students to the academic community at Duke.

Additionally, the DCE is now an undergraduate-wide read. We encourage all undergraduates, faculty, staff, and alumni to read this novel during the summer to make this a true common experience.

The book selected for this year's summer read is- All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.

Hard copies of the book will be mailed to all domestic first-year students in the early summer as a welcome gift to Duke. The e-book will be made available to international students in the early summer, with a hard copy available for students when they arrive.

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