The schedule you choose over the summer before coming to Duke isn’t final. In August, you will be matched with a college advisor, and you will meet with her/him twice during Orientation Welcome Week. On Wednesday, of Orientation Week at 2 PM, you will attend a group meeting with your advisor and his/her other first-year advisees. The location of this meeting will be emailed to you in August. At this meeting, you will review policies and expectations, and you will set up a time to meet individually with your advisor. At the second, individual meeting, you and your advisor will discuss your fall course schedule and your other interests and questions. The group and individual meetings with your advisor are required, as is an individual preregistration meeting every semester.
You should reach out to your college advisor often and are welcome to schedule additional meetings with her or him. Your advising network, however, extends far beyond that primary resource. A few other suggestions for early in your student tenure:
- Reference your Blue Book for information on academics and registration as you finalize your course schedule.
- Keep up with the latest academic news, opportunities and deadlines by checking your inbox for the weekly AAC Student News .
- Meet with a director of academic engagement, so you can start right away incorporating into your Duke experience specialty advising in a specific area of interest. Our DAEs can guide you in the consideration opportunities for involvement or plan how to forge a path that explore your interests on and off campus.
- Enjoy some of the events sponsored by your peer advisors and get to know these fellow students who have a special interest in helping you navigate your way through Duke. They have put together a list of important things to know during your first year.
- If you are a prehealth student, you should review the Office of Health Professions Advising website during summer registration. Once the fall semester is underway, use it again to plan for the spring and beyond. Attend an individual or group meeting with a prehealth advisor for further guidance.
- Schedule an appointment to meet your academic dean. It will be good to put a face with a name and establish a relationship in case you have questions later on.
- Make sure you’re aware of our advising partners across campus, available to help you navigate all areas of student life, inside and outside the classroom.