Orientation

WELCOME New Students

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 Bass Connections 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 a mixture of virtual asynchronous and synchronous sessions, 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. We also invite those of you who will be in the local area to set aside time to unpack and settle into your new home.

The Orientation Summer Module for new students will begin mid-summer with a series of asynchronous and synchronous virtual sessions and continue through the week of Orientation Immersion Week – during which time there will be opportunities for you to come to campus, connect with resources, pick-up your ID card, meet your academic advisor, classmates and faculty. Throughout the summer and up until classes begin, we will prioritize virtual sessions and information that is most relevant and timely to help new students get ready for the start of the school year. Then, as the semester begins to unfold, students will have an opportunity to explore everything that the university and the Nicholas School has to offer.

All summer sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the admitted students Virtual Library (Duke NetID login required). Students may also find additional videos about the Nicholas School Community on the Nicholas School YouTube channel.  Between early June and the start of the Orientation: Immersion Week, new students will receive a series of ePacks in their Duke email address from the NSOE registrar. Each ePack contains important information about summer preparation and fall enrollment.  

The Student Services team at the Nicholas School of the Environment leads the summer on-boarding and Fall Orientation, and we look forward to working with you during your academic career.

2021 Fall Orientation Immersion Week Schedule (on-campus MEM and MF new students)

Orientation Week Recordings (Monday, August 16 – Friday, August 20)