As a Pratt student, you will have a network of advising resources—your academic dean, your faculty advisor, the Directors of Academic Engagement and the E-Team. Your advising network will also grow to include other mentors from across campus. Together, these individuals will help you discover and understand the multiple curricular and co-curricular opportunities at Duke and introduce you to Duke’s intellectual community.
Specialized advising is also available for students planning to pursue graduate education in health, business or law fields. Students who ask questions and seek advice will find a receptive group of individuals who are eager to assist them.
You will have the same academic dean for your entire Duke career. Your dean oversees your progress to graduation, helps you understand Duke’s academic policies, provides assistance during difficult academic and/or personal times and can serve as an important member of your advising network.
Your dean’s name will appear in DukeHub on or around August 1. He/she is well-connected across campus and can make referrals to appropriate resources that can be helpful to you in your situation. You will meet your dean during the week of Orientation.
As a Pratt student you will be assigned a faculty advisor in September. You will have the opportunity to meet with your faculty advisor after arriving at Duke, and the two of you will meet at least once per semester. After you declare a major, you will have an assigned faculty advisor in your department.
Your faculty advisor is committed to guiding you toward pathways that pertain to your individual curiosity as well as helping you discover previously unconsidered interests. Your faculty advisor can discuss your course registration each semester, help you understand curricular requirements and point you toward additional academic mentors as your interests develop. You will find his/her name in DukeHub.
E-TEAM (PEER ADVISORS)
The E-Team is composed of volunteer, upperclass engineering students eager to help incoming first-year students learn the ropes of engineering at Duke. The E-Team’s mission is to assist first-year engineering students in their transition to Duke by creating an immediate network of support with engineering students who can answer questions, share experiences and offer advice. Expect an introduction email from the E-Team sent to your Duke email address over the summer.
E-Teamers are assigned to first-year Pratt students to serve as a resource for you. “Like” the E-Team Facebook page: E-Team: Pratt Undergraduate Peer Advising, and post any questions you have.
DIRECTORS OF ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT (DAEs)
Directors of Academic Engagement are specialists in the curricular, co-curricular and research opportunities you can explore while at Duke, such as Global and Civic Engagement; Arts and Humanities; Natural and Quantitative Sciences; and Social Sciences. For example, DAEs for Global and Civic Engagement can help Pratt students integrate DukeEngage and semester away experiences into a Pratt education. DAEs are extremely knowledgeable about opportunities in their areas of specialization including interdisciplinary research opportunities. Meeting with a DAE early in your Duke career can be a valuable experience.