When You Arrive


  • Course registration will occur during Orientation Week.
  • If there is a course you are interested in but you are not entirely certain, you are free to go to the first meeting of that class to determine if you really want to register for the course. Once you are sure then you will need to add the course to your schedule in the DukeHub.
  • If a course is full when you go to register and a wait list is permitted, you will be put on the wait list and when a slot opens students will be registered automatically in the order they appear on the wait list. You are free to attend the course if you are on the wait list until you get in or the drop/add period ends. However, do not neglect any of the courses you are actually registered for in favor of one you hope to get into since if you don’t get in, you are still responsible for the other course’s readings, assignments, papers and participation.
  • Remember that you are allowed to register for up to 15 credits without advisor consent. If you wish to register for more than 15 credits then you must get your course work advisor’s signature on a course overload permission form, available on line at or from Student Services. You must register for at least 9 credits to be considered a full time student and an average of 12 credits per semester to accrue the 48 minimum credits required for graduation.
  • It is not possible to be enrolled in two courses that overlap, even if only by one minute. Questions about registration can be directed to nsoe-registrar@duke.edu
  • You are permitted to drop and add courses in the DukeHub through the end of the second week of classes. If you decide not to take a course and drop it before the end of drop/add it will disappear from your schedule. Once drop/add is over, the only way to get out of a course is to withdraw from the course. That means the course remains on your transcript with a “W” in the grade column.
  • If you obtain a permission number for a course and use it to register and then drop the course and decide you need to re-add it, you will need to get a new permission number from the instructor. Please be aware that some permission numbers will expire if not used to register for a course by a specific date. If you do not register by that date you will need to get a new permission number from the instructor.
  • If you drop a course that does not require a permission number then the first person on the wait list will roll into the course and you will lose your slot in the course. Be sure you no longer want to take a course before you drop it because you may not be able to get back into the course.

Online Tools

  • Check your schedule in the DukeHub to make sure you know the start and end times of your classes and location (some courses will meet in the LSRC, others may meet in other buildings that could be as much as a 10 minute walk away so be sure to allow travel time between buildings).
  • Be sure you have access to Sakai for course information. If the syllabus is posted, check to see what textbooks and course packs you need and purchase them before classes begin, if possible. Textbooks may be purchased at the Duke Bookstore or, if the professor is using trade paperbacks, those may be purchased at the Regulator on Ninth Street, or possibly through other book sellers.
  • Keep a copy of the university’s Academic Calendar handy, which includes registration dates, holidays, and student breaks.


  • Because you will likely be parking far away and/or taking the bus to the Environment Hall and Levine Science Research Center (LSRC), be sure to leave your home in plenty of time to get to campus, find a parking place and get to the LSRC building.
  • Make sure you have picked up your valid Duke ID (identification) card.
  • If you have reserved a locker for the year, you are welcome to store your books there. Most lockers are quite small so rain gear, biking paraphernalia and large items will not fit. Use your locker for your books. Don’t lose the key or you’ll have to pay to have it replaced.
  • Mail boxes are located in the student commons. There should be one with your name on it. While most official communications are by email, sometimes there are reasons that the NS uses mailboxes to communicate with you so make sure you check your box at least once a day. Do not use your mailbox for storage and do not leave valuables such as DVDs, flash drives or money in your mailbox. You are encouraged not to use your NS mailbox as your primary mail location. Use your residential address or you can rent a mailbox from the university in the Bryan Center.
  • The Blue Express is the cafeteria in the LSRC and is open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. The Nicholas School also provides refrigerators in the Environment Hall for students to use to store their lunches. Students are responsible for keeping the refrigerator clean and odor-free. A microwave oven and a sink are also available next to the refrigerator in the student commons.
  • The Environment Hall and the A wing of the LSRC is accessible 24/7 for Nicholas School students with a valid Duke ID. Both buildings are open 7:30 to 5:30 (or thereabouts) Monday through Friday. After 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and weekends, these buildings can only be accessed by swiping your Duke ID card in any of the card readers at each exterior door. We strongly urge you to keep your ID card of you at all times. The computer labs (A153 and A314, LSRC and 1104 and 1105, EH) 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 the police.