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This message is being sent to all incoming first-year Duke students.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Dear incoming first-year students,

We are so excited to be welcoming you to campus in a few weeks for orientation and the beginning of the fall semester. Our teams have been working hard—in partnership with our colleagues across Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Education, and the greater university community—to prepare for your arrival. We know that some of you will be joining us prior to August 17 (if this is you, you'll be receiving a separate communication from us with more details soon!), but for most of you, we will see you on campus on Tuesday, August 17, for First-Year Move-In. 

Below, you'll find an overview of the first-year move-in process, including check-in and entry testing. Next week, each of you will receive a follow-up message with additional logistical information, tailored to your specific residential community. As always, all plans are subject to change based on the current COVID landscape, and we will continue to share any updates with you over the coming days and weeks.

Overview | Tuesday, August 17

  1. Arrive: All students and their families are assigned a two-hour arrival window and move-in site based on their specific residential community. (This is to ensure a smooth flow of traffic and everyone's safety.) We'll send you maps and directions in our email next week, which is specific to your residence hall assignment. Please note that you will not be permitted to move-in during another window. 
  2. Unload: We'll help you unload your vehicle and move belongings to your new bedroom. (Please do not take time to unpack yet—you'll have lots of time for that later!) 
  3. Check-In (masks encouraged): Students will then check-in in the common room of their residence hall. This is where you'll pick up your room keys and other important Residence Life items. We strongly encourage all students and guests to wear a mask for the duration of the move-in process.
  4. Park on West Campus: Drivers must then park their vehicle at the Science Drive Garage on West Campus. (We'll send you a map next week.)
  5. Pick up essential items (masks required): After check-in at your residence hall, all students must visit Brodie Recreation Center to pick up other essential items including your DukeCard (make sure to submit your photo by Aug. 4!), orientation information, mailbox key, and any pre-ordered Duke Stores computers. This location will also serve as your COVID-19 stop for #6! Please note that masks are required in Brodie and other campus buildings. 
  6. Entry test for COVID-19 (masks required): All students must complete a COVID-19 entry test at Brodie Recreation Center; completing your entry test is what ensures activation of your DukeCard. (If you do not complete your entry test, your DukeCard access will be shut off on Wednesday, August 18, at 8 a.m. until you complete it.) Once you have completed your entry test, you will enter Duke's surveillance testing program for the remainder of the fall semester. You can find more information on Duke’s testing programs on the Duke United website

    A note on vaccines: If you have not yet received your COVID-19 vaccination or do not have an approved medical or religious exemption, you'll be directed to Penn Pavilion on West Campus to check in with Student Health. 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 and how to update your vaccination status can be found at the Duke COVID vaccine website.


  7. Unpack: Now it's time to unpack, settle into your new space, (re)meet your roommate, and enjoy your first night on campus! 

Move-In Arrival Windows

8 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Trinity, Brown, East
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Gilbert-Addoms, Randolph, Pegram, West
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Bell Tower, Bassett, Southgate, Giles
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Wilson, Blackwell, Alspaugh

If you have any questions, check out the Blue Book online, or email us at studentorientation@duke.edu. We're so excited to welcome you to campus! 

GO DUKE!

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