We hope that you are continuing to read all of the information that is available to you on the Admitted Students Web-pages.  The Checklist will highlight some additional things that will assist you as you prepare for the upcoming fall semester:

Part I

Recommendation>> All items in Part I of the checklist should be completed no later than July 15.

  Complete and submit your DukeCard Request Form, in order to obtain your Duke Student ID Card; the request form must be submitted to the Duke Card Office.
  Complete and submit the Immunization Requirements due by June 30. Additional information is available at the Student Affairs website.
  Activate your Duke Email account. Students will need their Duke NetID (network identification) and password to access their Duke email. Contact OIT (Office of Information Technology) if you have trouble accessing your Duke Email account.
  By mid-June, you should receive information about the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP) in your Duke Email. All students must carry health insurance, but can opt-out of the Duke plan if they already have an active health insurance plan.  More information is available at the Student Health Center’s website, go to – Health Insurance.
  Register for an on-campus parking permit. The Online enrollment dates for parking permits will be announced later in the summer for your personal car or bike permits. Carpooling permits are also available at a reduced rate.
  Secure housing for the first year. More information is available here.
  Address prerequisite concerns (if you have not done so already). Contact for prerequisite matters.
  Address financial aid concerns (if you have not done so already). Contact if you have questions and/or concerns.
  Update your mailing address in the DukeHub. Your Duke NetID and password are required here.
  Get to know your classmates! Join the group Facebook  pages > 2018 Admitted Students (new students only) and Nic School Prof Students (all current and continuing students and recent alums)

Part II

Recommendation >> All items in Part II of the checklist should be completed no later than August 1.

  Complete the Orientation Event Registration Form
  As a second reminder, by now, you should have your housing situation for the fall lined up or in the works.
  If you plan to park a personal car or bike on Duke’s campus, you must have a valid parking permit.  Permits are mailed the next business day after purchase.  If you feel that you should have received your parking permit by now, but have not, contact the university’s Parking & Transportation office.  Students must plan to park in their designated lot during Orientation.
  Familiarize yourself with the Fall Course Schedule. You are encouraged to review the course requirements for your program area, as well.
  Request a locker. You will use your locker to hold your books, gym clothes and other miscellaneous items while you’re on campus.
  You should have your valid Duke NetID (network identification) by now:  Remember that email at Duke is used as a formal means of communication, and most of the information you receive at the Nicholas School will be via email. It’s important to check your Duke email regularly and often.
  Take a while and browse through the student-developed “Nickipedia,” a great source of all kinds of information about Life at the Nicholas School such as Graduate Student LifeNew StudentsStudent Council and much much more.  Additional information available at the following active pages – dining on campusbiking around town, and lists of student groups on campus.
  If you were notified upon acceptance to the Nicholas School that you still need to fulfill any prerequisites, and you have:
  completed the necessary coursework you have taken towards fulfilling specific prerequisites, please have your official transcript representing your completed credits sent your transcript to (by a secure delivery service such as eSCRIP-SAFE or Parchment).
  recently completed your undergraduate degree (spring and summer graduates),  please have your final official transcript sent to (by a secure delivery service such as eSCRIP-SAFE or Parchment)
  or, mail hard copy to Student Services/Nicholas School of the Environment/Duke University Box # 90330/308 Research Drive/Durham, NC 27708-0330.  If the institution that you attended uses Parchment, eSCRIP-SAFE International (or similar agent) for the delivery of official transcripts, please ask the university registrar to forward an official copy of your transcript to
  Review your funding and financial aid in the DukeHub.  For assistance, view the How to Guide or contact Cynthia Peters, Assistant Dean for Student Services, at
  Contact your mentor(s) at least once. Make plans to meet that person within the first of classes. More info about the Mentor/Mentee Program will be available during the summer. 
  Spend some time studying for the calculus and statistics diagnostic exams.

Part III

Recommendation >> All items in Part III of the checklist should be completed no later than August 15.

  Contact your POD leader.
  Be in touch with your roommates and get contact information before traveling to Durham, NC.
  Develop a transportation plan for the fall. If you’re to bringing a car to campus, explore alternative transportation options
  Review your funding and financial aid in the DukeHub.  For assistance, contact Cynthia Peters, Assistant Dean for Student Services, at if you have questions.

Part IV.

Recommendation >> All items in Part IV of the checklist should be completed no later than August 24.

  Pick-up your DukeID card from the DukeCard Office, West Campus [MAP]
  Pick-up your GoPass from the Parking and Transportation Office, West Campus [MAP]
  Pick-up your Locker key from Anne Davis; remember to request locker in advance 
  Meet with your academic coursework advisor at least once
  If you were awarded an assistantship, submit your payroll paperwork to Debbie Gooch
  If awarded an assistantship, interview for positions 
  Familiarize yourself with your community (where is the nearest grocery store, pharmacy, etc)
  Have you submitted your immunization records? If you haven’t, be sure to stop by the Student Health Center for assistance.