Before You Arrive

Before You Arrive

Student Headshot and Bio

Each fall, we create a comprehensive document of incoming students’ bios and headshots that we share with the broader Nicholas School community, guest speakers, and DEL faculty. It’s a great way to help both new and existing members of the community get to know each other. Each semester these bios and headshots are shared with new DEL program faculty and various guest speakers presenting at our place based sessions.

During the summer (early – mid July), you will receive a request to email your headshot and bio to Kelley Robbins-Thompson, DEL-MEM Program Coordinator ( The email request will provide guidance for crafting your bio.

Duke ID Card

Get Your First Duke ID Card

Students are encouraged to submit the online request form and digital photo upload for their Duke identification card during the summer.  Your NetID and login are required to begin. Students are encouraged to upload their Duke ID photo during the summer as early as possible.

Upload your photo and request your first Duke ID card

Email, NetID & Listservs

NetID/Password and Duke Email

All students will receive a Duke NetID (network identification), which will be needed to access many of the university’s student portals and systems. Be sure to keep your NetID and password safe and secure. Your NetID is the electronic key to a variety of computing systems and services at Duke. Used in combination with a strong password, the NetID provides access to online resources such as DukeMail, centralized server space, calendaring, and Sakai. Students are automatically assigned a NetID upon matriculation. 

You do not need to request a NetID; it will be provided for you. Be sure to check your personal email address within one week of confirming your enrollment/paying the tuition deposit. Your NetID is different from your Duke Unique ID (DUID), a seven-digit numeric identifier printed on the back of your Duke ID card/badge in the upper left-hand corner. 

All new students should have their NetID and password as well as access to their Duke email account within 2-3 business days of confirming their fall enrollment. 

You should check your personal email address to make sure that you have not overlooked the initial instructions and login details. Be sure to check the SPAM and Junk folders, as well. If you cannot find this information, please contact the university’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) at 919-684-2200 or to request that the initial setup instructions be resent to you. Be prepared to provide a few personal identification markers, such as your date of birth, permanent address, and/or the last four digits of your social security number.

Listserv Subscriptions 

Your Duke email address will be subscribed to the appropriate listservs during the summer. You will receive more information about these listservs before starting the program in the fall. These listservs are for academic purposes only. 


Compliance required of all Duke students

All new students must provide Duke University with a copy of their current immunization records. The deadline to submit your immunization records and health history information is June 15. Although the deadline is June 15, the most important thing to remember is that you must have your immunization records submitted prior to the beginning of the fall semester. However, failure to submit within 30 days of the start of the term, will mean that you will not be permitted to continue attending class. Submission requirements for graduate/professional students are available at Student Health Center website.

If you have additional questions about the immunization requirements/compliance, we encourage you to contact the Immunization Compliance Coordinator at Immunization records should not be sent to the Student Services at the Nicholas School of the Environment; they should be submitted to

COVID Vaccine for International Students:

If you have the opportunity to receive the COVID vaccine in your home country, we encourage you to do so. All vaccines on the World Health Organization (WHO approved list) will be recognized. Vaccines not on this list will be reviewed on an individual basis, so please be sure to have a picture/copy of your vaccine record that includes your name, the vaccine name, and date of administration in English.

Duke cannot predict or control vaccine supply. If you received your first dose of vaccine in your home country and we do not have access to that brand, you will need to restart your series when you arrive. If necessary, you will be able to receive another vaccine when you arrive at Duke. Based on our experience with other vaccines and current COVID management protocols, we feel it is reasonable to conclude that there is little risk to getting a vaccine upon arrival to the US if you’ve previously received one in another country. Currently there is not a quarantine requirement for students coming from international locations.

We have a process for students to be marked as “partially compliant” in our system so that you will be able to move into your dorms, get your DukeCard activated, attend classes etc. while you are waiting to complete the second dose requirement. You can make an appointment for a vaccine through Duke when you arrive this summer.

Sustainable Name Tag

Nicholas Sustainable Name Tag:
A Gift to the Incoming Students

As a professional degree environmental student, we expect that you will attend several career-related events, conferences, seminars, and workshops during your time at the Nicholas School. To help you professionally present yourself, the Nicholas School Student Services team will provide each incoming student with a sustainable name tag. The wooden name tag will have the Nicholas School name and logo as well as your name engraved on it. You will receive a request over the summer to submit the name you’d like on your nametag. Typically, the deadline is in early July. For those who do not complete the survey by the deadline, we will use the name that is officially on file with the Nicholas School. The Student Services team welcomes each of you to the Nicholas School community and looks forward to partnering in your academic and career success.






Last updated: 3/17/2022