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.

Students gathered in a full Goodson Chapel for orientation with a woman in a blue dress speaking from the putpit


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. Detailed orientation information will be sent in June with additional content sent through June, July, and August. Check the Academic Calendar for specific dates when classes begin for your program.

Destination Duke

Within 30 days of receiving your acceptance notification

  • Print a copy of your admission offer letter for your records. 
  • Let us know you are planning to attend by clicking the "Reply to Offer of Admission" form on your Application Status Link opens in new tab page.
  • Pay your enrollment deposit via Duke e-check Link opens in new tab.
    • Student ID number, required for this paperwork, can be found on your acceptance letter

Within 2 weeks of accepting your admission offer

  • Make note on your calendar of important dates to start planning for the academic year (click through for the At-A-Glance document) Link opens in new tab.
  • 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. 


At this time, the Admissions Office is still experiencing some paper mail disruption. We request that you not mail any documents to our physical addresses if possible. Many schools can send official documents to us electronically. If your school does not have the ability to send electronic transcripts or you cannot contact your school, please let us know by emailing admissions@div.duke.edu.


Checklist by Month

  • Pay fall student bill by August 1st.
  • Attend Bri(DDD)ge (residential students) and RISE pre-orientation programs (pre-registration is required for both).