We are excited for you to join our Duke Divinity community! In the coming months, you'll need to meet several deadlines and milestones. Meeting these deadlines will be crucial to your successful transition into graduate school. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Destination Duke Checklist

Within 30 days of receiving your acceptance notification

  • Print a copy of your admission offer letter for your records. 
  • Notify us of your decision in your Applicant Self-Service Account online and pay your enrollment deposit via Duke e-check.
  • Sign up for a campus visit or register now for one of two Admitted Student Discernment Day events: March 9-10 and April 20-21, 2017. Registration is required no later than two weeks before the event date if you would like us to make hotel reservations (we will pay for one night of accommodation here in Durham). On Thursday during the day, there will be a campus visit for prospective and admitted students who have not made the trip to Duke before. Email Janell Hardie directly at jhardie@div.duke.edu to sign up for the Thursday campus visit in addition to the Admitted Student Discernment Day. Admitted student-only events begin at 4:00 p.m. Thursday with a housing tour of Durham and dinner that evening. Friday will be a full day of admitted student-only events ending around 2:30 p.m.

Within 2 weeks of accepting your admission offer

  • Request final transcripts from your college, university, or seminary. If you're currently enrolled in a degree program, you should send your final transcripts as soon as your degree is conferred and you confirm with your registrar's office that the degree has been awarded on the transcript. 
  • In the spring, international students will begin working with admissions staff and Duke Visa Services on completing the student visa application process



  • Complete the background check for field education (M.Div. only).
  • Orientation for M.A.C.P. students.
  • Those seeking accommodations should contact the Student Disability Access Office.
  • Register for a parking permit if you need one.
  • Accept financial aid and complete loan entrance counseling via DukeHub.



  • Pay fall student bill by the first business day of the month.
  • D.Min. students attend program orientation.
  • Th.D. students attend program orientation.
  • M.Div., M.T.S., and Th.M. students attend New Student Orientation.

Orientation is required for all new students and is an opportunity to introduce you to Duke Divinity School as a community of learning and faithful service with attention to both spiritual and vocational formation. A detailed orientation schedule for your degree program will be sent to you in the months prior to your arrival and will be posted here.

  • Orientation for M.A.C.P. students (mid-June 2017, dates TBD)
  • Orientation for D.Min. students (early August 2017, dates TBD)
  • Orientation for Th.D. students (Tuesday, August 22, 2017)
  • Orientation for M.Div., M.T.S., and Th.M. students (Wednesday, August 23, 2017)