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This message is being sent to all incoming transfer Duke students.

Good evening,
The fall semester is quickly approaching, and as one of our incoming transfer students, we are excited to see you on campus soon. In this email, you'll find important information about your arrival on campus, including entry testing, check-in, and move-in. 

All Duke students must complete an entry test for COVID-19 prior to the Fall 2021 semester. Your DukeCard will remain inactive until you’ve completed this process.
  • We look forward to welcoming you to campus on Tuesday, August 17!
  • The first thing you'll do is complete your COVID-19 entry test. Entry testing will be available on a drop-in basis on Tuesday, August 17, between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. EST at Brodhead Center 067/068 (Lower Level, near Au Bon Pain) on West Campus.
  • Remember to bring a mask to your entry test.
  • No appointments are necessary. Please tell staff at the Brodhead Center that you are there for an entry test, not a surveillance test. Once you have completed your entry test, you will enter Duke's surveillance testing program for the remainder of the fall semester. 
  • Get your Mobile DukeCard (if you don’t have it already). Visit the DukeCard website for photo specs and to upload your photo online (preferably before August 4). Once your photo has been approved and you’ve completed your entry test, you can add your DukeCard to your iPhone or Android device. Detailed instructions are available on the mobile DukeCard site.  If you need a physical DukeCard in addition to the mobile DukeCard, you can visit the DukeCard office to obtain one. Instructions for setting up an appointment can be found on the DukeCard appointment site.

Like surveillance testing, you'll only be notified of your result if you test positive for COVID-19. If you don't hear anything, that means your test was negative. You can learn more about Duke's testing practices at the Duke United website.
A note on vaccines: If you have not yet received your COVID-19 vaccination (or any other vaccines and TB testing that are needed for immunization compliance) or do not have an approved medical or religious exemption, you'll be directed to check in with Student Health (beginning August 9, Student Health will be stationed in Penn Pavilion). Students have until Monday, August 23, to complete the university’s vaccination requirement. Failure to do so may result in the revocation of your campus access. More information about the vaccination requirement, which vaccinations meet Duke's requirements, and how to update your vaccination status can be found at the Duke COVID vaccine website


After completing your entry test, visit the appropriate campus housing office (based on your housing assignment) to check in, sign paperwork, and pick up your keys/fob and other important materials.
Office Locations
HRL West Campus Office | Craven D110 | 919-684-5486 | West Campus residents (Craven, Crowell, Edens, Few, Keohane, Kilgo, Wannamaker)
HRL 300 Swift Office | 300 Swift Lobby | 919-684-5813 | Lancaster and Swift residents
HRL East Campus Office | Southgate Residence Hall (Trinity side) | 919-684-5320 | East Campus residents

  • You may unload your vehicle next to your residence hall. We encourage you to keep one person at your vehicle at all times.
  • We encourage you to purchase a daily pass to use for your move-in day. More information about parking passes is available at the PTS website.
  • Once you’ve moved your vehicle to an approved parking lot, feel free to unpack, (re)meet your hallmates, and settle in! 

As a reminder, all plans, processes, and guidelines--including testing processes, masking, and other protocols--remain subject to change based on the continually evolving pandemic landscape. Be sure to check out Duke’s COVID-19 website for information and updates. Thank you for your continued partnership in helping keep the Duke and Durham communities safer. 

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