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Academic advising for Pratt School of Engineering students is handled within Pratt, but the Academic Advising Center offers advising on global and civic engagement to Trinity and Pratt students. Pratt students can also complete a second major or minor in a Trinity department, or transfer from Pratt to Trinity or Trinity to Pratt.

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Trinity-to-Pratt transfer

Currently enrolled Duke students can apply to transfer between the Pratt School of Engineering and Trinity College. If you are a Duke student who is taking time away from Duke, you may apply for readmission to Trinity College via the Office of Student Returns.

Applications to transfer are considered at the end of each semester—fall, spring and summer—once final grades are reported. Students on academic probation will have their application deferred until they clear probation. Deadlines and processes for applying to transfer are described below.


For spring transfer: Dec. 30

For fall transfer: May 15
Note: Students who are required to complete summer school as a condition of eligibility have an Aug. 15 deadline.


Whether you will enter Pratt as a declared major is determined by how many semesters you’ve already completed at Duke:

Entering second semester Undeclared
Entering third semester May choose to enter declared or undeclared
Entering fourth semester Declared

There are three required components of the transfer process. They are intended to be completed sequentially and are described in detail below. Please note that completion of these three steps will take at least a week—plan ahead! Late applications will not be considered until the subsequent semester's deadline, and applications without documented completion of Steps 1 and 2 will not be considered.

Important – Trinity students applying to Pratt must complete all Trinity academic requirements until they are accepted by Pratt.  Trinity students who do not fulfill the 1st year seminar requirement because they plan to transfer to Pratt after their first year will be required to complete a seminar at Duke during the summer if they are not admitted to Pratt.  Students who do not complete a seminar during the summer will not be eligible to return for the fall semester.  Questions about this should be directed to your academic dean.

Whether you plan to declare a major or remain undeclared (see above), you must first meet with Dean Lupita Temiquel-McMillian in the Pratt School of Engineering. Schedule an appointment by calling (919) 660-5996. During your meeting, she will review the requirements for Pratt, highlight the differences between the two schools and discuss specific information about departmental curriculum.

If you have specific questions about the departmental curriculum or would like to discuss course content, you should schedule an appointment to meet with the director of undergraduate studies for the department you are interested in.

Biomedical engineering Dr. Marc Sommer and Dr. Elizabeth Bucholz (asst. DUS)
Civil and environmental engineering Dr. Joe Nadeau
Electrical and computer engineering Dr. Lisa Huettel
Mechanical engineering Dr. Don Bliss

If you have further interest in any certificate or minor programs, you may also schedule a meeting to discuss your questions about the following areas.

Energy engineering minor Dr. Marc Deshusses
Electrical and computer engineering minor Dr. Lisa Huettel
Aerospace certificate Dr. Don Bliss
Architecture certificate Dr. Joe Nadeau
Energy and the environment certificate Dr. Josiah Knight


Once you've completed Steps 1 and 2, complete the online application to transfer between Trinity and Pratt. Click the link below and log in with your Duke NetID and password.

Complete the transfer application >>

All applications to transfer must be submitted online by the following deadlines (these are also listed above):

For spring transfer: Dec. 30

For fall transfer: May 15
Note: Students who are required to complete summer school as a condition of eligibility have an Aug. 15 deadline.