Tips for Orientation Week

  • All MEM and MF students are expected to attend and participate fully in Orientation.
  • Wear your sustainable name tag throughout the week, including to social events. Student leaders and staff have been asked to wear their name tags as well.
  • Keep your mobile device handy and upload your Duke Mobile ID photo before coming to campus. You will need your Duke mobile ID to access classrooms and buildings on campus.
  • Students should schedule a meeting with their academic advisor (preferably Monday or Tuesday) and participate in their group advising sessions on Monday afternoon.
  • Assistantship students should schedule time to interview for positions.
  • Prepare for warm weather. It is likely to be hot outside. Stay hydrated. Bring a reusable water bottle. Dress comfortably and bring layers. Students are encouraged to use sunscreen and bring sunshades.
  • Students must park in their designated parking space during Orientation Week. Parking is not provided by the school.
  • Connect with your ‘buddy’ during Orientation or the first week of classes.
  • After the Honor Code Orientation, submit the Honor Code Statement by Friday, August 23.
  • Prioritize your health and wellness throughout the week and the semester.
  • Connect with new and returning students. Build your social network.
  • Explore the Duke and Durham communities.
  • Share and upload your orientation photos!  
  • Have fun! Enjoy the experience!
  • The Nicholas School also provides refrigerators in Grainger 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 on each floor. Snack and drink vending machines are available on the basement level of the LSRC, A wing. Grainger Hall and the
  • Building Access. Keep your mobile ID card of you at all times. Grainger Hall and the A wing of the LSRC are accessible 24/7 for Nicholas School students with a valid Duke mobile ID. Both buildings are open from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (or thereabouts) Monday through Friday. After 5:30 PM on weekdays and weekends, these buildings can only be accessed by your Duke mobile ID card – this applies to interior and exterior doors.
    • The lab spaces (1104, 1105 and 2107 GH; A153 LSRC) are kept locked at all times and access is by ID card only. Do not prop open any locked or card-access doors as this will sound an alarm and summon the police.