Orientation Summer Module

The Orientation Summer Module begins in July and lasts until the start of the on-campus Orientation in August. The Summer Module will be held online through a combination of asynchronous videos/activities and live information sessions. Most sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the admitted students Virtual Library, exceptions will be noted. Students may also find additional videos about the Nicholas School Community on the NSOE YouTube channel. During the summer, new students will receive a series of ePacks to their Duke email address. Each ePack contains important information about fall enrollment and reminders about upcoming events. All summer ePacks will be posted on the admitted students website.

Additional Asynchronous and Synchronous sessions may be added to the Orientation Summer Module. Activities added after July 1 will be noted as NEW.

MONDAY, JUNE 28 
Shopping Carts Open! 

  • Shopping Carts open in DukeHub on June 28. The shopping cart is where you will put courses together that you are interested in taking. Once registration opens, you can move courses from your shopping cart into your actual registration record. Adding courses to your shopping cart does not mean enrolling in the course.
  • Fall course registration for new students begins on Friday, August 6.
  • View Help Guides for DukeHub
  • The Nicholas School’s Fall 2021 Course Schedule

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30 – FRIDAY, JULY 2 
Asynchronous Activities 

Statistics Review Session 

  • The Statistics Review Session led by Chris Kilner was held on June 29. Watch recording. The access code is NSOE2021*

Calculus Review Session- NEW

  • The Calculus Review Session led by Chris Kilner was held on July 1. Watch recording. The access code is NSOE2021*

Student Groups Overview 

  • Nicholas School students are active and engaged in dozens of student groups and activities. We invite you to find groups and organizations that appeal to your interests and build your community. Here is a video introduction to many of these student groups. Typically, student group leaders will hold a special event during Orientation for new students. Looking to participate? Student group leaders will be in touch with the new students early in the fall semester with more information about how to get involved.

Tour (Virtually) Sarah P. Duke Gardens  

  • Duke Gardens is a beautiful 55 acres of specialized gardens in the heart of Duke University. The Duke Gardens reopened for visitors on June 1, and we invite new students to visit the Duke Gardens when you arrive on campus. In the meantime, take a virtual tour or engage with the garden in a variety of live and virtual ways

Parking Permits and Alternative Parking Options 

  • If you wish to park a vehicle on Duke’s campus, you must display a valid parking permit. Parking permits are available for purchase now. Alongside your housing search, it is also important to consider an array of alternative transportation options available at Duke and in Durham. Learn more about transit, walking/biking, carpool, carshare and commute planning at the admitted students website. For those of you who are planning to purchase a parking permit, you may find this informational video about commuting to and parking at Duke helpful. Keep in mind, this video was created originally to be a part of the international students’ summer series, but the information is useful for any student wanting to learn more about parking and transportation options at Duke. 

Prepare for the Diagnostic Exams 

  • New students are encouraged to review calculus and statistics prior to taking the diagnostic exams. Prior to starting the exams, please read and review the preparation details for both tests. Only students who have successfully completed prerequisite courses in calculus and statistics may take the diagnostic exams. Students who are not prepared to take the diagnostic this summer will test in summer 2022 and enroll in graduate courses requiring these subjects in fall 2022.
  • IMPORTANT! Students who take the diagnostic exams during the summer window (July 7-30) are not allowed to retest during Orientation. The make-up exams are only for students who do not test during the summer exam window.
  • Questions should be directed to christopher.kilner@duke.edu. Be sure to send clear and concise messages/questions so that Chris can respond in a timely manner.

MONDAY, JULY 5 – FRIDAY, JULY 9
Asynchronous & Synchronous Activities 

Diagnostic Exams: Testing Begins This Week! 

Wednesday, July 7 – Friday, July 30

  • Diagnostic Exams: Testing begins on July 7. Students can take the exams at any time between July 7-July 30. Prior to starting the exams, please read and review the preparation details for both tests. Students who have demonstrated successful completion of the calculus and statistics prerequisites will receive access to the diagnostic exams on July 7.

International House Summer Virtual Event- NEW 

  • The International House (I-House) is hosting for incoming graduate and professional students. During this session, your IHOPs will have the pleasure to present you with some important resources before your arrival. The topics will range from some Duke Resources (Student Health, Library, OIT, GYM, …) to the websites and apps you should know beforehand. Enjoy this time to come and learn more about the Duke experience! Register in advance. A Zoom link will be available after registration and before the event.
  • Date: Thursday, July 8
  • Time: 10:00am (ET)

Mentor/Mentee Matches 

  • Students who requested a mentor will receive information about how to connect with their mentor by no later than July 9. Please be on the lookout for an email from Soman Ul Haq who is coordinating the Mentor/Mentee matching process on behalf of the Nicholas School Student Council.

Duke Forest Introduction 

Bass Connections Introduction 

  • Bass Connections bridges the classroom and the real world, giving students a chance to roll up their sleeves and tackle complex societal problems alongside faculty from across Duke. Each year, Bass Connections offers Masters, PhD, and undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in year-long, interdisciplinary research teams. Watch a brief video overview of the program, presented by Laura Howes, Director, Bass Connections.

Energy Initiative  

  • The Duke University Energy Initiative is a university-wide, interdisciplinary collaboration focused on advancing an accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy system. The Initiative reaches across business, engineering, environment, law, policy, and the arts and sciences to educate tomorrow’s energy innovators, develop new solutions through research, and improve energy decisions by engaging business and government leaders. Watch the overview video now and join the live session and Q&A the week of Orientation. 

Duke Marine Lab Virtual Tour  

  • The Duke Marine Laboratory is a campus of Duke University and a unit within the Nicholas School of the Environment. Programs at the Marine Laboratory are central to the Nicholas School of the Environment’s mission to provide interdisciplinary educational and research opportunities addressing an area of vital concern–the quality of the Earth’s environment and the sustainable use of its natural resources. Take a virtual tour of the Marine Lab to learn more. 

Statistics Review Session 

  • The Statistics Review Session: Watch recording. The access code is NSOE2021*

Calculus Review Session- NEW

MONDAY, JULY 12 – FRIDAY, JULY 16
Asynchronous and Synchronous Activities 

Duke ID Card  

  • Upload your photo for your Duke ID card this week. View the video with submission instructions. For more information about your DukeCard, please visit the Duke Card office website. Note: The DukeCard Office will only issue Mobile Duke Cards this fall. The Mobile DukeCard is easy to use and keep up with but it does require that students keep their cellphone with them at all times. Students will need their Mobile DukeCard to access facilities on Duke’s Campus. Students who do not have a smart phone can also request a physical card by appointment only. The Duke Card Office will help new students with any issues they may have in provisioning the Mobile DukeCard by phone or by appointment.

Office Hours: NSOE Registrar 

  • New students are encouraged to drop in for Q&A Office Hours with Erika Lovelace, Nicholas School Registrar and Associate Director of Student Administration and Advising. Students are welcome to drop in to discuss any lingering questions that you might have as you continue to prepare to enroll in the fall. The format for the office hours is Q&A with new students and the registrar. No formal content will be presented and the office hours will not be recorded.
  • Dates/Times: July 13 at 9:00am (ET) and July 14 at 8:00pm (ET)
  • Join Office Hours: Zoom login

Health Insurance and Immunization Q&A – NEW

  • All students are required to carry major medical insurance and Duke’s Student Medical Insurance Plan provides excellent coverage. All incoming international students are required to purchase Duke’s plan; US citizens/permanent residents may select Duke’s plan or provide documentation of comparable coverage that must be approved. Mr. Kelan Beacham and Ms. Ellen Crawford of the Student Health Insurance Office will present a brief overview of the program and answer questions you may have. If you have a question you would like to pose in advance, please complete this short Qualtrics survey. The session will be recorded but please attend if you are able.
  • Dates/Times: July 15 at 6:00pm (ET)
  • Join: Zoom login
  • Watch Presentation Recording

International House Summer Transition Video Series 

  • Duke’s International House created a series of summer transition videos in summer 2020, which includes lots of helpful tips for new students. Although the videos were recorded last summer and created specifically for international students, there are lots of helpful tips for international and domestic students. View the summer transition video series.

U.N. Climate Change Negotiations Practicum Info Session 

  • The Duke University’s U.N. Climate Change Negotiations Practicum (ENVIRON 592) will be offered in Fall 2021. This course explores international climate change negotiations and climate policy under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The class is planning to be able to attend COP26 in-person, although public health and travel restrictions may introduce limitations.
  • Typically, there is broad interest in this course, so we ask that students interested submit a short application to join the 2021 UNFCCC Practicum. To assist with application prep, the course leaders are holding a Zoom information session on July 15 at 6:00pm (ET). If you plan to attend, please fill out this form, and the student assistants will then send the Zoom link to you directly. Learn more here

MONDAY, JULY 19 – FRIDAY, JULY 23 
Asynchronous and Synchronous Activities  

Information Technology (IT) Services Introduction 

  • Take time this week to view NSOE-IT’s (Information Technology) instructional videos on various topics. There will be a live Nicholas School IT session during the on campus Orientation.   

Tuesday, July 20 at 9:00am (ET) – NEW  

Financial Aid Presentation and Q&A

  • In advance of bills going out on August 2nd, the financial aid administrator will hold a Financial Aid session.
  • Facilitator: Cindy Peters, Assistant Dean Student Services
  • Date/Time: July 20 at 9:00am (ET)
  • Join: Zoom/Login
  • Watch recording

Thursday, July 22 at 8:00pm (ET)  

Prerequisite Office Hours

  • Students missing a required prerequisite course are encouraged to attend to learn about course options at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University and NC Central University. Students who are already enrolled in their prerequisite coursework can skip this session. Facilitator: Erika Lovelace, Registrar and Associate Director of Student Administration & Advising; Join via Zoom or connect by phone
  • Date/Time: July 22 at 8:00pm (ET)
  • Join Office Hours: Zoom login   

Submit the Multimedia Photo and Video Consent Form 

  • Take a few minutes during this week to complete the Multimedia Photo and Video Consent Form. During Orientation and throughout the school year, as part of our efforts to showcase the experiences of students at the Nicholas School, the school’s Communications and Marketing team will be taking photographs, making videos and recording various activities and events (e.g. master’s project symposia, graduation, etc.) for use on the school’s website, social media platforms and other publications. By signing the multimedia consent form, it indicates your willingness to have your photograph, a video or recording featuring your likeness used in this manner.  

MONDAY, JULY 26 – FRIDAY, JULY 30
Asynchronous and Synchronous Activities

Housing Plans: Secure Your Housing Arrangements

  • Gentle Reminder: Remember to finalize your housing plans and connect with your roommates (if applicable) before traveling to Durham, NC. Although there are many housing options available in Durham, you will want to start your housing search early so that you have a chance to choose a place that suits your location and economical needs.

Monday, July 26 at 7:00pm (ET)

Group Academic Advising Session by Program Area Session

  • Ecosystem Science and Conservation (ESC)
  • Facilitator: Dean Urban, Program Chair
  • Date/Time: July 26 at 7:00pm (ET)
  • Description: Prior to the start of course registration, faculty Program Chairs will hold Group Advising Meetings (by program area) for new students. Students will learn detailed information about their program area and begin to develop a course plan for fall. Students should join the group academic advising session for the program area they were admitted and/or switched into this summer. More info on scheduled sessions below and general information about academic advising.
  • Watch recording

Tuesday, July 27 at 8:00pm (ET) – NEW DATE

Group Academic Advising Session by Program Area Session

  • Water Resources Management (WRM)
  • Facilitator: Martin Doyle, Program Chair
  • Date/Time: July 27 at 8:00pm (ET)
  • Description: Prior to the start of course registration, faculty Program Chairs will hold Group Advising Meetings (by program area) for new students. Students will learn detailed information about their program area and begin to develop a course plan for fall. Students should join the group academic advising session for the program area they were admitted and/or switched into this summer. More info on scheduled sessions below and general information about academic advising.
  • Watch recording

Language Testing (Oral and Written Exams)

Thursday, July 29 at 8:00pm (ET)

Course Registration 101: What You Need to Know

  • Course Registration Overview (attendance strongly encouraged): Want to know how the course registration process will work? Have questions about taking courses on the audit basis? Getting permissions numbers? Critical information important to the course registration process will be shared during this session. There will be two Registration Sessions prior to the start of course registration on August 6.
  • Students admitted to the following program areas are encouraged to attend this session: Business and Environment (BE), Coastal Environmental Management (CEM), Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP) and Master of Forestry (MF).
  • Facilitator: Erika Lovelace, Registrar and Associate Director of Student Administration and Advising.
  • Date/Time: July 29 at 8:00pm (ET)
  • Watch recording

Friday, July 30 at 10:00pm (ET)

  • Diagnostic Exam Due Date! Students who plan to take the diagnostic exams during the summer must complete the exams by no later than Friday, July 30. We will try as best as possible to get all exam scores out by no later than Friday, August 13. If we can get results out sooner, we will.

Environmental Economics Sequence- NEW

  • Students who plan to enroll in Resource and Environmental Economics Part I (ENVIRON 520), Resource and Environmental Economics Part II (ENVIRON 521), Energy Economics (ENVIRON 635) or Forest Economics and Policy (ENVIRON 680) this fall should watch this brief informational video on the course(s) prior to the start of fall classes. All BE, EEP, CEM, MF and EE students should plan to watch the recording. 
  • Watch video

MONDAY, AUGUST 2 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 6
Asynchronous and Synchronous Activities

Career and Professional Development Center  

  • This summer, the Nicholas School’s Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC) staff will be reviewing resumes for all incoming students. Your reviewed resume will arrive to your Duke email inbox in August, and if you have any questions before then, don’t hesitate to contact us at careers@nicholas.duke.edu. The CPDC team will hold a session for new students during Orientation.

Monday, August 2 at 7:00pm (ET)

Group Academic Advising Sessions by Program Area

All three group advising meetings are happening on the same date/time.

  • Business and Environment (BE): Jesko von Windheim, Program Chair – Watch Recording
  • Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP): Lori Bennear, Program Chair – Watch Recording
  • Forestry (MF): Jennifer Swenson, Program Chair – Watch Recording
  • Date/Time: August 2 at 7:00pm (ET)
  • Description: Prior to the start of course registration, faculty Program Chairs will hold Group Advising Meetings (by program area) for new students. Students will learn detailed information about their program area and begin to develop a course plan for fall. Students should join the group academic advising session for the program area they were admitted and/or switched into this summer. More info on scheduled sessions below and general information about academic advising.

Tuesday, August 3 at 7:00pm (ET)

Group Academic Advising Sessions by Program Area

Both group advising meetings are happening on the same date/time.

  • Energy and Environment (EE): Tim Johnson, Program Chair – Watch Recording
  • Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health (EEH): Lee Ferguson, Program Chair – Watch Recording
  • Date/Time: August 3 at 7:00pm (ET) and Access: Fall2021
  • Description: Prior to the start of course registration, faculty Program Chairs will hold Group Advising Meetings (by program area) for new students. Students will learn detailed information about their program area and begin to develop a course plan for fall. Students should join the group academic advising session for the program area they were admitted and/or switched into this summer. More info on scheduled sessions below and general information about academic advising.

Tuesday, August 3 at 8:00pm (ET)

Course Registration 101: What You Need to Know

  • Course Registration Overview (attendance strongly encouraged): Want to know how the course registration process will work? Have questions about taking courses on the audit basis? Getting permissions numbers? Critical information important to the course registration process will be shared during this session. There will be two Registration Sessions prior to the start of course registration on August 6.
  • Students admitted to the following program areas are encouraged to attend this session: Ecosystem Science and Conservation (ESC), Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health (EEH), Energy and Environment (EE) and Water Resources Management (WRM).
  • Facilitator: Erika Lovelace, Registrar and Associate Director of Student Administration and Advising.
  • Date/Time: August 3 at 8:00pm (ET)
  • Watch Recording

Wednesday, August 4 at 4:00pm (ET)

NSOE Student Town Hall: Fall Semester- NEW

  • As we start the new academic year, we are sure you have a number of questions about fall semester academics, safety, testing, events, etc., and we will address these in a short student Town Hall on Wednesday, August 4 at 4:00 PM (ET) via Zoom. The session will be facilitated by Nicholas School senior leadership faculty and staff.
  • Audience: Both new and returning students have been invited to attend.
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, August 4 at 4:00pm (ET)
  • Login: Join Zoom Session 

Wednesday, August 4 at 6:00pm (ET)

Wednesday, August 4 at 7:00pm (ET)

  • Geospatial Analysis Certificate Overview: The Geospatial Analysis Certificate program teaches GIS as a tool, not an end in itself, and promotes hands-on skill development that is applicable to almost all environmental science and management problems. Date/Time: August 4 at 7:00pm (ET)
  • Watch Recording

Thursday, August 5 at 6:00pm (ET)Time confirmed

  • Climate Change Science and Applications Certificate Overview: A certificate documenting experience in both the natural science and social science aspects of climate change and in applications of such expertise to areas of societal concern such as energy provision, public health, risk planning and ecosystems. Join this session to meet the faculty director and learn more about the requirements for the Climate Change Science and Applications Certificate. Date/Time: August 5 at 6:00pm (ET)
  • Watch Recording

Thursday, August 5 at 7:00pm (ET)

Group Academic Advising Session by Program AreaTime confirmed

  • Coastal Environmental Management (CEM)
  • Facilitators: Pat Halpin and Grant Murray, Co-Program Chairs
  • Date/Time: August 5 at 7:00pm (ET)
  • Watch Recording
  • Description: Prior to the start of course registration, faculty Program Chairs will hold Group Advising Meetings (by program area) for new students. Students will learn detailed information about their program area and begin to develop a course plan for fall. Students should join the group academic advising session for the program area they were admitted and/or switched into this summer. More info on scheduled sessions below and general information about academic advising.

August 6 at 8:00am (ET) Course Registration Begins (MANDATORY) 

  • The Nicholas School’s Fall 2021 Course Schedule is available for download. The Nicholas School uses a tiered registration format to ensure that all students have equal access to classes. Typically, students can enroll in up to 12 credits in the first tier and up to 16.5 credits in the second tier. If more than 16.5 total credits are needed, the Course overload request form is required with advisor approval. 

Tier One Registration Begins!

  • Tier One: Course registration in DukeHub for new students begins on August 6 at 8:00am (ET) and continues through August 11 at 11:59pm (ET). During this Tier, new students can enroll in up to 12 credits.

MONDAY, AUGUST 9 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 13
Asynchronous and Synchronous Activities

Course Registration Continues

Tier Two Registration Begins!

  • Tier Two: Then, on August 12 at 8:00am (ET) through September 3 at 11:59 (ET), all students can enroll in up to 16.5 credits in DukeHub (or more with academic advisor approval) in Tier Two.

International Students Orientation

  • The International House will hold their Orientation virtually this year (due to COVID restrictions), and it will take place from Monday, August 9 – Friday, August 13. They are also planning some in-person activities on Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15. The detailed schedule and registration will be posted soon, so please stay tuned for more information. Check the International House website periodically for updates. If you have any questions, please contact Ling Jin at ling.jin@duke.edu.

Academic Advising

  • During the summer, faculty Program Chairs will assign academic advisors to each new student prior to the start of the fall semester except for students in the Coastal Environmental Management* program area. Students will be able to view their academic advisor in DukeHub by August 1. The academic advisor will likely schedule small group meetings and/or office hours with their advisees to address any lingering questions that new students may have about their fall course schedule. Learn more about academic advising.

Moving to Durham, NC

  • Once you arrive, take time to settle in and identify resources in your community. Bring things with you that you enjoy such as books, bike, board games, etc.
  • Make sure you have secure and reliable internet service before classes begin.
  • Get a calendar and plan to use it for assignments, workshops, group meetings, etc.
  • Work/life balance and time-management are key!
  • Tech Check & Support- make sure all of your electronic devices are in working order. If you need IT or AV support – even for your personal computer or devices – start by emailing the Nicholas School Information Technology (IT) team at it@nicholas.duke.edu. Your ticket will be assigned to the group and staffer best able to help you.

MONDAY, AUGUST 16 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 20
ORIENTATION BEGINS!
Attendance is required

Fall Orientation

  • At Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, you will be able to learn, grow and discover through curricular and co-curricular offerings. Over the next 2-3 years, you will have a chance to engage in several areas of interdisciplinary exploration by pursuing professional certificates, taking courses across professional schools, utilizing the Duke Forest, learning experientially at the Marine Lab, participating in multidisciplinary projects, and more. You will find Duke University to be a deeply enriching and rewarding academic environment. New student Orientation is our opportunity to welcome you to the Nicholas School and Duke University communities.
  • This year, Orientation will consist of synchronous online and in-person opportunities designed to reflect our commitment to promoting community health while fulfilling our fundamental mission of providing innovative environmental leadership. Academic sessions and course registration matters, while important, are just a part of the on-boarding experience for new students. Orientation also provides opportunities for students to begin building community within the first-year cohort, make connections with the returning students and establish relationships with faculty advisors and staff administrators. Orientation Immersion Week Schedule for Fall 2021
  • Location: Grainger Hall (GH) is located at 9 Circuit Dr., Durham, NC and Levine Science Research Center (LSRC) is located at 308 Research Dr., Durham, NC
  • Orientation Immersion Week Schedule for Fall 2021
  • Duke Maps

Parking at Orientation

  • Students must park in their designated lot during Orientation Week. Parking will NOT be provided by the school. If you purchased a permit over the summer and have not received it by mail, prepare to pick up your parking permit at the Parking and Transportation Office located at 302 Science Drive. Duke Buses run regularly and often. Also, students are also encouraged to consider alternative commuting options available at Duke. We encourage you to make an effort to reduce your carbon footprint!

Diagnostic Exams: Make-up Dates

  • Make-up Exam Dates: For students who did not take the exams during the summer, there will be a make-up date(s) available during Orientation Week. However, if you have already completed the calculus and statistics prerequisites, we encourage you to take the exams during the summer exam window, which is scheduled to occur July 7-30. It will be one less thing to worry about during Orientation Week.

Wednesday, August 18

Duke University Graduate Convocation – NEW

  • Date: Wednesday, August 18
  • Time: 4:00pm (ET)
  • Location: Duke University Chapel
  • RSVP requested; check your Duke email.
  • It has become an established Duke tradition to begin each new academic year with an Opening Convocation to welcome new graduate and professional students. Opening Convocation is expected to last one hour and will include an academic procession with participation by student leaders, faculty, and members of the general and academic administration. President Price will preside at this occasion.
  • Processional Instructions: Please arrive to Room 110G in the Gray Building, Divinity School between 3:15 and 3:45 p.m. All pre-ordered academic apparel will be available in Room 110G, and staff will be onsite to assist. Wednesday, August 18 4 p.m. Duke University Chapel
  • Keynote Speaker: Bill Boulding, Dean of the Fuqua School of Business and J.B. Fuqua Professor

Academic Advising Continues

  • Students will be able to view their academic advisor in DukeHub no later than August 1. The academic advisor will likely schedule small group meetings and/or office hours with their advisees to address any lingering questions that new students may have about their fall course schedule. Learn more about academic advising.

Building Access

  • Grainger Hall and the A wing of the LSRC are accessible 24/7 for Nicholas School students with a valid Duke ID. Typically, the buildings are open 7:30am to 6:00pm (or thereabouts) Monday through Friday. After 6:00pm on weekdays and weekends, these buildings can only be accessed by swiping your Duke ID card in the card readers located on interior and exterior doors. We strongly urge you to keep your Duke Student ID card of you at all times. The computer lab spaces (1104, 1105 and 2107 Grainger Hall; A153 LSRC) are kept locked at all times and access is by card only. Do not prop open any locked or card-access doors as this will sound an alarm and summon Duke police. You may need to contact the Card Office after hours should you run into trouble accessing the building.
  • Note: Hours of operation and access may differ slightly in fall 2021 due to COVID protocols. We will update this section as needed.

Postal Mail

  • Students should plan to use their residential address to receive personal postal mail. Graduate/professional students are not assigned an on-campus mail box to receive standard postal mail. If you need postal mail services, visit Duke’s Campus Mail Services for assistance or view the list of local/Durham branches.

MONDAY, AUGUST 23 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 27
Synchronous Class Meetings

Fall Semester Begins!

  • It’s the day that you’ve been waiting for – Fall semester classes begin on Monday, August 23. Attendance is required.

Drop/Add Continues

  • The drop/add course registration period continues in DukeHub through September 3 at 11:59pm (ET). Students may add and drop courses freely in DukeHub through the end of the drop/add course registration period.

Tips for Success during the Semester

  1. Check your Duke email regularly and respond, if needed
  2. Keep up with the readings/assignments
  3. Connect with your advisor and faculty early and reach out to TAs as needed
  4. Make connections with peers, faculty, staff, students, your mentor and other members of the broader Duke community – these are your current and future environmental colleagues
  5. Maintain a supportive community outside of school (family, friends, past colleagues, etc.)
  6. Practice self-care
  7. Prioritize your work and time – bigger projects may require more time to complete
  8. Set deadlines for yourself and try to stick to them
  9. Review your course syllabi at the beginning of the semester and plan ahead for possible pinch points in the semester
  10. Utilize Duke resources as needed such as Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), DukeReach, Duke Student Wellness Center, Office for Institutional Equity, etc.
  11. Make time to have fun! You will likely make friends and meet new people. Be sure to build in time for dinner plans, social gatherings and casual conversations.
  12. If you do not know where to go or who to talk to, please reach out to the Student Services team. We are here for you!

MONDAY, AUGUST 30 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Asynchronous Activity 

Drop/Add Continues

  • The drop/add course registration period continues in DukeHub through September 3 at 11:59pm (ET). Students may add and drop courses freely in DukeHub through the end of the drop/add course registration period.
  • All Fall 2021 course registration matters must be completed by September 3 except for courses offered at the Fuqua School of Business (more on these courses later). 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Labor Day

  • Classes are in session on Labor Day on Monday, September 6.