2021 Orientation Schedule

GET EXCITED FOR ORIENTATION WEEK!

From August 17-22, The Office of New Student and Family Programs in conjunction with many campus partners will host all incoming first-year students during Orientation Week.

ACCESSING THE SCHEDULE

You can also access the most up-to-date version of the schedule on the DukeGuides app. You can search and download “DukeGuides” in the app Store.

If you have an Android phone, please search and download the “Guidebook” app from the Google Playstore. Once inside the App, Search “Duke Orientation 2021” and you will be able to download the Guide to see the first-year Orientation schedule.

Select a tab below to see all the great programs in store for Orientation

THEME OF THE DAY: MOVE-IN!

Welcome to campus! Today is about getting moved-in, settled, and excited about your Duke experience.

**an “M” next to a session indicates it is mandatory for incoming students.**

Move-In day! (M)

Location: East Campus Quad

Time: 8:00am-4:00pm

Welcome to Duke! Join us for Move-in Day. Your specific move-in time and move-in instructions were sent to you via email earlier this summer. Check the DukeGuides app for specific move-in times.


Grab-n-go Dinner

Location: East Campus Marketplace

Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm

Come by the Marketplace for a quick bite to eat. Grab a meal and take a break to celebrate getting moved in.


African and African-American Student and Family Reception

Location: Zoom (virtual program)

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

The Duke community welcomes students and families of African descent to meet members of the University and Durham communities.

To register for the event, please click here.


Resident Assistant (RA) Floor Meeting (M)

Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm

Location: Residence Hall Common Room

Join your first community floor meeting to meet your RA and your neighbors, learn more about your new home away from home and the community members within it, as well as learn about some of the important policies that you’ll want to know to keep your community safe and comfortable for everyone


East Campus Carnival

Location: East Campus Quad

Games, food, and new friends! Join HRL and Career Services for a great first night on campus.

THEME OF THE DAY: BUILDING COMMUNITY

**an “M” next to a session indicates it is mandatory for incoming students.**

We are excited to have you on campus. All of the programs today center on ways to build community with each other, in both the academic and small group settings.

Immunizations Compliance

Time: 8:30am-10:45am

Location: Penn Pavilion

Students who have not yet received required vaccines and immunizations must see a nurse at Penn Pavilion during this time. Student will be notified at move-in by a staff volunteer if they are not in compliance. Any student not in compliance by 8am Wednesday morning, will have their DukeCard shut off until completing this step.


New Student Convocation (M)

Time: 10:45am-12:00pm

Location: Abele Quad

President Vincent E. Price welcomes new students and celebrates the beginning of a new academic year. Please arrive by 10:45 AM, as the ceremony begins promptly with a procession of faculty in academic regalia. THE LAST BUS WILL LEAVE EAST CAMPUS AT 10:30! Boxed lunches will be available for guests immediately following the program.


Convocation Reception

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: Abele Quad

Students and families are welcomed for a grab and go lunch after Convocation ends.


Duke Community Standard (M)

Time: 2:30-3:30

Location: Zoom

This will be a session where the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards will highlight ways students can become involved in establishing norms of integrity and accountability in community, adaptable resolution, and other resources to ensure students are aware of how to report matters of concern. Learn about the Duke Community Standard (DCS), the policies that flow from it and how to promote a culture of integrity.

Click this link to join the webinar.


FAC Chat 1 (M)

Time: 6:15pm-7:00pm

Location: East Campus Quad

Join your FAC for interactive activities that will help you get to know your peers and connect with others on a more meaningful level.


Class of 2025 Photo! (M)

Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm

Location: East Campus Quad

Come take the Class Photo where we literally spell out “2025” on the East Campus Quad and learn about new campus traditions. All students must bring and wear a mask for the photo.


Get Your Glow On!

Time: 8:00pm-11:00pm

Location: East Campus Quad

Join Duke Rec & PE, DuWell, and New Student Programs for an evening of outdoor games, dancing, photo booths, a movie under the stars, free food from local vendors, and more!


Duke Players Orientation Show

Time: 11:00pm-12:00am

Location: Brody Theatre

A special orientation showing of “Loveless and Uninformed: Scenes from Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information”

THEME OF THE DAY: ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT

**an “M” next to a session indicates it is mandatory for incoming students.**

A key component of your Duke experience will be your academic opportunities. Often we feel these opportunities only live inside the classroom. Join us today as we explore academic programs, connect with university faculty, and hear about the ways you can be academically engaged while at Duke.

Academic Engagement at Duke (For Trinity Students Only!) (M)

Time: 10:00am-11:00am

Location: Griffith Theatre: East House, West House, Alspaugh, and Bell Tower

Reynolds Theatre: Gilbert-Addoms, Bassett, Southgate, and Pegram

Page Auditorium: Wilson, Randolph, Giles, Trinity, Brown, and Blackwell

How do I build relationships with faculty? We all hear it is important, but what are the actual steps to make tis happen. This session will give perspective from faculty, students, and young alumni to share light into how the many “Helpful Humans” of Duke can assist in your college experience. You will get the chance to hear from faculty, students and staff about the values, challenges and excellence that comes with an education at Duke.


Meet your 360 Coach and E-Peer Advisor (For Pratt students only!)

Time: 10:00am-11:00am

Location: check your email

Pratt students’ 360 Coach and E-Team Peer Advisor will help guide you through your first year at Duke. Come meet the 360 Coaches that are participating and E-Team Peer Advisor, learn about the best ways to reach them and utilize them as a resource, and begin the process of building this important relationship. During this session, your 360 Coach and E-Team Peer Advisor will share their stories about coming to Duke, meeting each other, and developing impactful relationships while on campus that led to various opportunities. They will provide you with tips on how to build a meaningful relationship with members of the Duke community. Students will then attend a campus-wide lunch with those 360 Coaches who are participating to put into practice what was just discussed.


Incoming Student & Faculty Lunch (M)

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Location: East Campus Quad

Ready to put what you learned into practice? Well, join us for lunch! Come back to the East Campus Quad, grab a boxed lunch, and connect with a faculty member over a meal and get the chance to practice what you just heard described in the previous session. (PLEASE NOTE: FOCUS participants, Cardea Fellows, and Pratt students will have the chance to build relationships with their faculty communities in their own programs.


Pratt First Year Luncheon

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Location: East Campus Quad

Pratt students enjoy connecting with your 260 coach and peer advisor over lunch on East Campus. Check in with your coach about specific locations on East. Be sure to grab a lunch from the East Quad before meeting at your location.


Cardea Fellow Lunch

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

Location: Crowell Building Room 108

If you are a Cardea Fellow, join your incoming student community for lunch.


FOCUS Luncheon

Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm

Location: East Duke Front Lawn

Join the Focus program for lunch! Meet your faculty and fellow Focus students at this fun, casual event. If you are in a fall semester Focus cluster, it is mandatory for you to attend.


Trinity College Academic Advising- 1:1 Appointments

Time: 1:30pm-5:00pm

Location: Hybrid (your advisor will communicate with you directly)

Trinity college advisors will review fall schedules and help make necessary course schedule changes. Students must meet with their college advisor once on Thursday or Friday before schedule changes can be made.


Meet your Pratt Academic Dean (M for Pratt students)

Time: 2:00pm-2:45pm

Location: Location was emailed to you

Academic Deans are one of Pratt students’ primary advisors throughout their time at Duke. Pratt students should come meet their Dean, learn about the best ways to reach them and utilize them as a resource, and begin the process of building this important relationship. In addition, you will receive important information that is specific to being an engineering student. An email with location and more information is forthcoming. This meeting is mandatory.


FAC Chat 2 (M)

Time: 5:00pm-5:30pm

Location: East Campus Quad

Duke is full of many academic resources. We hope you will spend some time in this FAC Chat asking your FAC questions about their academic experience, tips for being a good student, and leave with an understanding of how to maximize your Duke academic opportunities.


Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) Meet and Greet

Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Location: East Campus Residence Halls

Your Faculty in Residence is looking forward to meeting you! Please expect communication directly from your FiR about an opportunity to meet them and discuss their role as your faculty in residence. It will also be an opportunity to meet other residents in your dorm! Light refreshments will be provided.


Duke Arts Block Party Feat. Young Bull

Time: 7:30pm-10:00pm

Location: Rubenstein Arts Center & Nasher Museum of Art

Join us for the first-ever block party in the Duke Arts District, featuring a live performance by Durham’s hip-hop and soul collective Young Bull. Get to know the Rubenstein Arts Center and the Nasher Museum of Art in this event designed to welcome first-year undergraduates to the arts community at Duke! 


Hoof ‘n’ Horn Orientation Cabaret

Time: 11:00pm-12:00am

Location: Brody Theatre, East Campus

Join Duke’s student-run musical theater group for a cabaret featuring performances from your favorite musicals. While enjoying song and dance from current members, also learn about opportunities to get involved in Hoof n’ Horn on and off-stage, starting with the club’s fall production of The Rocky Horror Show.

THEME OF THE DAY: HEALTH & WELLNESS

**an “M” next to a session indicates it is mandatory for incoming students.**

Taking care of your health will be essential to make sure you can have a great college experience. Today’s events focus on how taking care of your health will ensure you can be your best self to not only survive but thrive at Duke.


Group Health Coaching (M)

Time: 9:30am-11:00am

Locations:

Griffith: Alspaugh and Giles

Page: Wilson, East House, and West House

Reynolds Theatre : Gilbert-Addoms and Bassett

Richard White Lecture Hall: Trinity Residence Hall

So much talk in the world about wellness, but what actually is it? Come join this interactive orientation experience to discover how wellness practices can make your Duke experience sooo much better. Find out what you are already doing well, identify what practices can help to improve challenging areas and how to have the best connection with new found friends at Duke.


Group Health Coaching (M)

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm

Location: Griffith: Bell Tower and Brown

Page: Randolph

Reynolds: Southgate and Pegram

Richard White Lecture Hall: Blackwell

So much talk in the world about wellness, but what actually is it? Come join this interactive orientation experience to discover how wellness practices can make your Duke experience sooo much better. Find out what you are already doing well, identify what practices can help to improve challenging areas and how to have the best connection with new found friends at Duke.


Trinity College Academic Advising- 1:1 Appointments

Time: 12:00pm- 4:30pm

Location: Hybrid (your advisor will communicate with you directly)

Trinity college advisors will review fall schedules and help make necessary course schedule changes. Students must meet with their college advisor once on Thursday or Friday before schedule changes can be made.


Welcome to Duke Jumu’ah

Time: 1:00pm-1:30pm

Location: Penn Pavilion Garden Level

Join the Center for Muslim Life at Duke for our weekly services to pray and socialize with CML staff & other Muslim students, staff & faculty. All are welcome!


Academic Exploration Sessions

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm

Location: DukeEngage, West Duke 101, East Campus

Global Education Office (Study Abroad and Study Away): Bay 6 South, 2nd Floor, Smith Warehouse, East Campus

Nationally Competitive Scholarships – Get Started Now: Smith Warehouse, East Campus

Prehealth: Social Sciences 139, West Campus

Duke has many programs and offices that will help you expand your academic experience at Duke. Use this time to visit the offices below to ask questions, meet staff, and learn more about each program.


Get To Know Duke Engineering

Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Location: Harrington Quad

Pratt students should check their Duke e-mail for additional information about the activities listed below.

·       Drop-In Advising: Engineering students with questions about their fall schedule should attend Drop-In Advising. Our Academic Deans will be available to meet with students in Teer 106.

·       Lawn Games with the E-Team: The E-Team is Pratt’s peer advisory group and they love helping their fellow students make the transition to Duke Engineering. Stop by this special event to meet the E-Team and play games like cornhole, giant jenga, and connect four! 

·       Tour the Student Shop, Design Pod, and Foundry: Sign up to visit Pratt’s makerspaces, meet our staff, and learn about the machines you’ll be using during your 4 years at Duke!


Financial Aid Orientation Session (M for those students receiving financial aid)

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Virtual

Join this year’s virtual financial aid orientation session to learn the top tips on using your financial aid and making the most of your finances during your Duke experience. We’ll hold time for a live Q&A with Assistant Vice Provost and Director Miranda McCall along with the financial aid counseling team. We look forward to seeing you there!

Click this link to join the webinar.


FAC Chat 3 (M)

Time: 4:30pm-5:15pm

Location: East Campus Quad

During this chat, learn about the different ways you can continue to practice wellness discussed in the morning session. The chat will end with you learning about the ways we can create an ideal campus where every member of our community feels they can be the best version of themselves!


Jewish Life O-Week Shabbat

Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm

Location: Freeman Center for Jewish Life

Join us at O-Week Shabbat at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life for a chance to meet new friends, catch up with old friends, and a chance to meet the entire Jewish Life at Duke family! Join us for singing and snacks starting at 5:30pm followed by a community Shabbat service at 6:00pm and a FREE Kosher Shabbat dinner at 7:00pm. Help us to ensure we cook enough food by RSVPing at www.tinyurl.com/DukeShabbat2021.


New Devils Night: Dinner and Men’s Soccer Game

Time: 5:30pm-9:00pm

Location: Wallace Wade Stadium & Koskinen Stadium

Join Duke Athletics for “New Devils Night” in Wallace Wade Stadium. Hear from Duke Football Head Coach and student-athletes, learn your favorite Duke Chants, and show your Blue Devil pride. The evening will include a complimentary dinner featuring the ALL NEW concession options for this upcoming season. Then head over to cheer on the Duke Men’s Soccer team as they take on NC State at 7 p.m. and receive a complimentary gift courtesy of Duke Athletics.


Inside Joke & Duke University O-Show

Time: 9:00pm-11:00pm

Location: Page Auditorium

Sorry, That’s So Suite Life of Hannah Montana, there’s a new “most ambitious crossover event in history” in town. Taking to the stage for the first time in a year and a half, come watch, cry, laugh and chortle as Duke University Improv (improvisational comedy) and Inside Joke (sketch comedy) team up to provide the funniest Friday O-Week’s ever seen. They’re back, baby.


Hoof ‘n’ Horn Orientation Cabaret

Time: 11:00pm-12:00am

Location: Bordy Theatre, East Campus

Join Duke’s student-run musical theater group for a cabaret featuring performances from your favorite musicals. While enjoying song and dance from current members, also learn about opportunities to get involved in Hoof n’ Horn on and off-stage, starting with the club’s fall production of The Rocky Horror Show.

THEME OF THE DAY: EQUITY AND INCLUSION

**an “M” next to a session indicates it is mandatory for incoming students.**

The programs provided today will center on equity and justice, provide insight into our individual and collective stories, and share tools we can use to find ways to dismantle systemic oppression.

Foundations of Equity (M)

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: Zoom. Click here to attend.

The history of our country and your new university is one that is filled with great triumphs of perseverance and deep wounds of injustice. This session will provide attendees insight on the work needed to actively work to create a more just society by detailing the oppression faced by those who are marginalized by structural oppression. Participating Students: Bell Tower, Brown, Randolph, Southgate, Pegram, Blackwell, and Transfer Students.


All of Who We Are (M)

Time: 10:00am-11:00a

Participating Residence Halls: Alspaugh, Giles, Wilson, East House, West House, Gilbert-Addoms, Bassett & Trinity Residence Hall (FAC will provide you specific room locations)

Our traditional YOU at Duke session (with a new name!) where we will continue to talk about systemic oppression, Duke’s role in this, and what students can do to be active in creating a more equitable society. Join a discussion co-led by your peers and university staff where we begin to have conversations on identity, equity, and inclusion. Check with you FAC for your meeting location!


Foundations of Equity (M)

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Zoom. Click here to attend.

The history of our country and your new university is one that is filled with great triumphs of perseverance and deep wounds of injustice. This session will provide attendees insight on the work needed to actively work to create a more just society by detailing the oppression faced by those who are marginalized by structural oppression. Participating students: Alspaugh, Giles, Wilson, East House, West House, Gilbert-Addoms, Bassett & Trinity Residence Hall


All of Who We Are (M)

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm

Participating Residence Halls: Bell Tower, Brown, Randolph, Southgate, Pegram, Blackwell, and Transfer Students (FAC or TAC will provide you specific room locations)

Our traditional YOU at Duke session (with a new name!) where we will continue to talk about systemic oppression, Duke’s role in this, and what students can do to be active in creating a more equitable society. Join a discussion co-led by your peers and university staff where we begin to have conversations on identity, equity, and inclusion. Check with you FAC for your meeting location!


Drop-In Trinity Advising

Time: 2:30pm-5:00pm

Location: Hybrid (talk with Trinity Advising office to receive advising appointment location

Trinity students with urgent questions about their fall schedules can talk to the Peer Success Leaders to discuss schedule questions before classes begin. Advisors from the Academic Advising Center will also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


FAC Chat 4 (M)

Time: 5:15pm-6:00pm

Location: West Campus Abele Quad

During this FAC Chat, attendees will have the chance to reflect on the sessions from the day and participate in an activity to reflect on the society we want to create and our role in it!


Blue Devils Return

TIme: 7:00pm-11:00pm

Abele Quad, West Campus

This exciting welcome back event includes multiple surprise guests, events, and an opportunity to connect in ways not possible last August. The Blue Devil Return is open to the entire community (starting at 7 pm) and will feature music, carnival games, silent disco, movies on the lawn, screenprinting, The Poetry Fox, rare nighttime Chapel tower climbs (registration required, register here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/duke-chapel-night-tower-climbs-registration-165460050465), and a surprise closing spectacle you won’t want to miss!

Duke Players Orientation Show

Time: 8:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Brody Theatre, East Campus

A special orientation showing of “Loveless and Uninformed: Scenes from Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information”

THEME OF THE DAY: GETTING STARTED

**an “M” next to a session indicates it is mandatory for incoming students.**

Drop-In Trinity Advising

11:00am-2:00pm

Location: Hybrid (call Academic Advising office for information on meeting location)

Trinity students with urgent questions about their fall schedules can talk to the Peer Success Leaders to discuss schedule questions before classes begin. Advisors from the Academic Advising Center will also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


University Worship Service at the Chapel

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm

Location: Duke University Chapel

Duke Chapel is home to a long—and living—tradition of ecumenical Christian worship, marked by faithful preaching and inspiring sacred music. Join us as we sing, pray, give thanks, and learn together. Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, dean of Duke Chapel, will preach and the Duke Chapel choir will provide musical leadership. Special recognition will be made of and gift bags given to students attending worship on this Sunday.


Post-Worship Service Student Lunch

Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm

Location: Duke Chapel Lawn

Drop in for a meal following the morning worship service at Duke Chapel to meet Chapel ministers, Campus pastors and Religious Life leaders, and your fellow students. You will learn of opportunities for service, learning, leadership, and friendship available through the ministries and programming of Duke Chapel.


Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity Welcome Reception

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Center for Sexual of Gender Diversity, 100 Bryan Center

Please join the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity for our Fall 2021 Welcome Reception on Sunday, August 22 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the CSGD. Stop by, meet the staff, and students. We’ll have frozen treats to help you stay cool in the heat!


Music Department Ensemble Information Sessions

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm; 2:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Room 101 Biddle Music Building, East Campus

You don’t have to be a Music Major/Minor to participate in one of the Department of Music’s performing ensembles. Join us to learn more about auditions, rehearsals, tours, concerts, and more for the Duke Jazz Ensemble, Duke Symphony Orchestra, or Duke Wind Symphony. 


Pratt Chat: E-Team

Time: 2:00pm,-3:00pm

 Location: Will be emailed to you

Pratt students’ E-Team Peer advisor will answer your questions about classes, student groups, and life on campus. They will share what to expect during your first week of classes, the resources they find most helpful, and what they wish they knew as a first-year Duke Engineering student!


FAC Chat 5 (M)

Time: 3:30pm-4:00pm

Location: East Campus Quad

It’s time to get started at Duke! Enjoy this final formal orientation week chat, discuss First Big Week, and get ready to have a great start on Monday.


Resident Assistant Floor Meeting (M)

Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Residence Hall Common Room

​This floor meeting will focus on what it means to be a part of the Duke residential community and what you can do to make sure it is safe and comfortable for yourself and others. You will also learn about opportunities to become more involved in your hall!


JFAM Welcome Back BBQ! 

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Center for Jewish Life

Kick-off the year with Jewish Life at Duke and the Duke Jewish Student Union at our annual Welcome Back BBQ! Enjoy an amazing FREE Kosher BBQ meal, meet your JFAM (Jewish First-Year Advisory and Mentorship) parents and other Jewish Dukies, pick up some swag, chat with the JLD team, and learn about all the ways to get involved with Jewish life on campus. Whether you’re a new student or a returning student, all are welcome at this event. Student leadership from DIPAC- Duke Israel Public Affairs Committee, DFI- Duke Friends of Israel, J Street U Duke, CPM: The Coalition for Preserving Memory, Tamid at Duke, and Challah for Hunger at Duke will all be represented! Questions? Contact us at jewishlife@duke.edu or give us a call at 919-684-6422.


Duke Disability Alliance Open House

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Location: GA Down Under

Come meet Duke Disability Alliance on Sunday, August 22nd at 5 pm to connect with members and allies of the disability community at Duke! We plan to discuss intersectional identities, the accommodations process, physical barriers like ramps and maps, and non-physical barriers like academic accessibility and campus culture. We will also talk about mental health awareness on campus and introduce you to on-campus organizations and the Student Disability Access Office. All are welcome and we look forward to meeting you then!


Latinx, Latin American & Allies Welcome Reception

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Location: Baldwin Quad, East Campus

Students of Latinx descent and friends are invited to celebrate the start of a new academic year. Connect and learn more about the Latinx community and multicultural student life at Duke. Refreshments will be provided.


Duke Players Orientation Show

Time: 8:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Brody Theatre, East Campus

A special orientation showing of “Loveless and Uninformed: Scenes from Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information”