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Duke Undergraduate Admissions

Pratt School of Engineering Open House

Schedule of Events

8:00AM–3:00PM Registration & Information: Schaefer Mall, Bryan Center, West Campus  

9:00AM–9:30AM Welcome Session: What Makes Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering Special?

9:45AM–10:30AM (repeated at 1:15PM-2:00PM) Engineering Majors Fair:

      Faculty from our four engineering department discuss the five engineering majors available

      Student Organizations: Learn about engineering student organizations

10:30AM–11:15AM Faculty Spotlight and Engineering in Action: 

      Faculty Spotlight: Hear about major research projects underway at Duke

      Engineering in Action: See various lab demonstrations up close

11:30AM–1:00PM Lunch and Guided Tours of West Campus:

      Lunch: Everyone is welcome to join current engineering students for lunch

      Guided Tours of West Campus: Enjoy a student-led tour of Duke's Gothic West Campus

2:15PM–3:00PM Real Deal Student Panel (for students only): Join this interactive discussion and hear from current undergraduate engineering students what it’s like being at Duke

2:15PM–3:00PM Admissions & Financial Support (parents only): Learn about the Duke admissions and financial support processes

September 23, 2017

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Do you enjoy math and science, and do you hope to make a difference in the world?

Then the Pratt School of Engineering might be for you.

The Pratt School of Engineering not only provides a rigorous academic experience-—one that prepares our graduates to go on to be Rhodes Scholars, physicians, corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and world-class engineering professionals—but also incredible opportunities to roll up your sleeves and participate in leading-edge research and impactful service opportunities that address the world’s greatest challenges. More than 90 percent of our undergraduates have an intensive research experience or an internship, and a third study abroad. Our extracurricular groups range from the Robotics Club and Duke Electric Vehicles to Engineering World Health and Duke Engineers for International Development. Many students enrich their studies by becoming a Pratt Research Fellow or National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholar. Our commitment to hands-on education gives our students practical experience that prepares them to make a real difference.  

As a Pratt School of Engineering undergraduate, you can:

  • Help build a cutting-edge home that is both high-tech and sustainable.
  • Travel abroad to bring medical technologies to communities in need.
  • Experience 3-D modeling and animation within a virtual reality theater.
  • Work alongside faculty members on innovative research.
  • Create a remote-controlled battlebot to engage in combat.
  • Develop medical devices to improve health and detect disease.
  • Design, build, and race a concrete canoe or a Formula SAE race car.


Q: How do I register for the Engineering Open House?
A: Registration is now closed.

Q: What if I’m not sure if I want to apply to the Pratt School of Engineering?
A: The Engineering Open House will allow you to learn about academic options within Pratt, as well as opportunities our engineering students have to pursue interests within the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. If you think engineering may be right for you, we encourage you to attend in order to learn more.

Q: Will attending the Engineering Open House increase my chances of being admitted to Duke?
A: Attending the Engineering Open House will give you a full picture of the opportunities available to engineers at Duke. While attending may help you decide if Duke is a good fit for you, we do not track demonstrated interest in our admissions process. Therefore, attending or not attending the open house will not positively or negatively influence our admissions decision.

Q.  What if I am unable to attend the Engineering Open House?
A:  If you are unable to attend the Engineering Open House, you are welcome to visit the campus any time.  Go to for information session times, tour schedules, and class visit availability for the days you are able to visit.  Daily engineering tours are also offered. For information and reservations, visit

Q:  What hotels do you recommend?
A:  We are making arrangements at nearby hotels for special rates for guests of the Open House program.  You can find a list of participating hotels here.

Q: Does Duke provide travel funding for the Engineering Open House?
A: Because of the large number of high school seniors attending this program, we are unfortunately not able to provide travel funding for the Engineering Open House.

Q:  Where should we park on campus?
A:  Please park in the Bryan Center Garage IV located on West Campus behind Duke Chapel and accessed from Science Drive. For GPS, use 125 Science Drive, Durham, NC. Parking is $5 for the day (cash only) for program participants. Many of the recommended hotels also offer complimentary shuttles that will transport you to campus. 

Q: If I need special accommodations, where can I find information and how should I contact the admissions office?
A: Duke University encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  If you need special accommodations, such as a sign-language interpreter or a wheelchair, or have any questions about physical access provided, please contact us ahead of time at 919-684-3214.