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Summer Engagement

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Throughout the summer, NSFP will remain in communication with you and your family in a number of critical ways:

  • Weekly First-Year Digests: Weekly newsletter sent to new-to-Duke students’ Duke email address that provides updates on all deadlines and things you need to know
  • Summer Transition Series: Webinar series that allows you to dive deep into the resources at Duke (Learn more about Summer Transition Series 2023 below!)
  • The BlueBook: Online guide that connects you to the resources and answers you need the most
  • Parent & Family Monthly newsletter: Newsletter that supports parents and families during their students’ transition
  • Social Media: Follow us on Instagram at @dukensfp to stay informed and interact with our office and student leaders (Stay tuned for our annual 30 DAYS TO DUKE!)

In addition to communication, our office provides tools to help you keep track of the many items you must complete before arriving at Duke. The first-year checklist can be found at and includes items such as the required summer modules, course registration, your Experiential Orientation paperwork, and your housing application. You will need to login using your NetID as soon as possible. Please note that failure to complete these tasks can impact your registration for courses, housing assignment, and Duke Card access.

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.

We’re thrilled to share that this year the DCE selection is The Measure, by Nikki Erlick. This beautifully written novel engages an endless number of questions on mortality and morality, justice and equity, and the common existence we all share. It will undoubtedly leave readers asking themselves similar questions about how we engage one another and embrace every moment in the time we have left.

Additionally, the DCE is now an undergraduate-wide read. We’re encouraging all undergraduates, faculty, staff, and alumni to read this novel during the summer of 2023 to make this a true common experience.

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.

Unsure of which classes to register for? 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!


  • 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


Sessions times will vary. Please check the registration or see the scheduled times below.

Thursday, May 25 Campus Resources
Interact with staff from Housing Assignments, Dining, Financial Aid, Office of Information Technology/IT Security, DukeCard, and more.
4:00 PM
View the replay!
Tuesday, May 30Trinity Advising
Connect with advisors from the Trinity Academic Advising Center to get your advising and registration questions answered.
4:00 PM
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Wednesday, May 31Pratt Advising
Connect with Pratt Deans to get your advising and registration questions answered.
4:00 PM EDTView the replay!
Wednesday, June 7Staying Well in Your First Year
Join team members from Duke Student Health, DuWell, CAPS, and DukeReach as they answer questions and share insight into what to expect on campus this fall.
4:00 PM EDTView the replay!
Tuesday, June 13Prehealth Advising
Connect with Prehealth Advisors to get your advising and registration questions answered.
4:00 PM EDTView the replay!
Thursday, July 6Prehealth Advising
Connect with Prehealth Advisors to get your advising and registration questions answered.
4:00 PM EDTView the replay!
Tuesday, August 1Getting to Know the Duke Community Standard & Residence Life Policies
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 strong community in the residence halls.

Students are highly encouraged to join this live webinar. All incoming students are required to either participate live or watch this webinar recording before arriving on campus.
4:00 PM EDTView the replay!
Wednesday, August 9Preparing for Orientation 2023
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.
6:00 PM EDTView the replay!

Details for participating in the live webinars will be sent to all students via their Duke email. If you can’t participate during the scheduled time, you will be able to view a recording of the webinar on the Duke New Student Programs YouTube Channel.