Pre-arrival Checklist

The campus card will be issued on the first day of orientation week. The new students need upload a head portrait photo on the website, which is needed for making a campus card.

Activate your NetID

You will receive your DKU NetID once you get matriculated, and please follow the instructions on how to activate it and set up a secure password. This assigned personal identification number will be used for logging into a variety of systems and applications on campus, such as email, VPN, DukeHub, Zoom, Duke Box, etc.

Authenticate with DUO

The Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) method is used to identify and ensure authorized user access to campus resources, from both on-campus and off-line using a VPN connection.

Quick Start Manual for New Students:

MFA and register your device:

Connect to DKU VPN

Instructions for DKU VPN Setup:

DKU IT training hub (video available, need login with NetID):

Zoom Meetings

Comprehensive starting guide:

Email and Calendaring

Check your Duke Email on a regular basis (

Access Sakai (might switch to Canvas next semester)

Most courses will use Duke’s Sakai learning management system ( to host related information, such as syllabus, course materials and resources, online quizzes, assignments, announcements, discussion forums, etc.

Please refer to the Sakai Guide and Documentation:

On-campus housing should be available for incoming graduate students once Phase II construction is completed before the summer. More updated information about student residential buildings, facilities, room applications could be found on the Residence Life website.
Please visit the website of your program for tuition and fee charges. The Bursar’s Office will send out electronical bills, payment alert as well as billing information approximately one month before each semester. Students can view their bursar account balance by logging into DukeHub system and make payments through email.
Before the fall semester starts, a comprehensive survey will be conducted for all incoming first-year graduate students, which covers topics such as personal identity, family address, emergency contact, medical insurance, etc.