Pre-Orientation Programs

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**All program dates are subject to change due to implications of COVID-19. Please continue to check this page and Duke University’s Coronavirus Response website for the most current information.**

This year, 6 pre-orientation programs will be offered: Arts; BUILD; Edge; Search; Waves; WILD. All programs will be offered in-person and based in Durham. Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, Projects Waves and WILD will not be traveling to the Duke Marine Lab or Pisgah National Forest, respectively.

Registration for programs has closed.

Each program will have specific arrival dates which will be impacted by incoming students needing to complete entry baseline COVID-19 testing. A general outline for program arrival is below:

Project Search August 3 – 15, 2021

Please plan to arrive on August 3, 2021. The best arrival times are from 9am-3pm.

Projects Arts, BUILD, Edge, Waves and WILD August 9 – 15, 2021

Please plan to arrive on August 9, 2021. The best arrival times are from 9am-3pm for each program.

** Arrival dates and times are subject to change**

The cost for each program is $525.

An initial registration fee of $75 will be assessed to anyone who registers for a program. The remaining balance of your program fee will be added to your fall bursar bill.

If you would like to request any specific accommodations in order to participate in a pre-orientation program, please contact the Office of New Student Programs via email at

Dates & Costs: All programs cost $525. Project Search begins August 3, 2021. All other programs begin August 9, 2021.

Deadlines: The pre-orientation program application goes live Monday, May 3, 2021. The application closes Friday, June 4, 2021.

Financial aid will be made available for participants. On your pre-orientation program application, indicate you are a recipient of financial aid. Our team in New Student Programs then works with the Financial Aid office to determine the final cost of the program and will notify you of this amount this summer. Once you have this information, you will be able to decide if you would like to participate in a pre-orientation program.