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Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering Open House

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 premier 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% of our undergraduates have an intensive research experience or an internship, and a third of our students 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.  

Pratt School of Engineering Open House
Saturday, October 19
8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

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.

Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome Session
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (repeated at 1:15PM-2:00PM) Engineering Majors & Engineering Student Organization Fair
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Faculty Spotlight and Engineering in Action
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Guided Tours of West Campus
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Real Deal Student Panel (for students only)
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Admissions & Financial Support (parents only)

Please park in Parking Garage IV (Bryan Center parking garage) located on West Campus behind Duke Chapel and accessed from Science Drive. For GPS, use 125 Science Drive, Durham, NC. Parking is $10 for the day (cash only) for program participants. Many of the recommended hotels also offer complimentary shuttles that will transport you to campus. 

Check in takes place in the Bryan Center beginning at 8:00 a.m., and the Welcome Session will be held at 9:00 a.m. in Griffith Theater in the Bryan Center. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all students and their guests. 

Dress code
The dress code for this event is casual. Duke's campus is large and you should expect to do a lot of walking, so bring comfortable shoes! Please check the weather forecast before you leave home (zip code: 27708) so as to prepare for rain or shine.

Hotels and Accommodations
Lodging for the Open House is not required. However, if you are traveling from a significant distance and would like to spend a night in the Research Triangle, numerous lodging options are available for you. We have made arrangements at nearby hotels for special rates for guests of the Open House program.

Cambria Hotel & Suites Durham

2306 Elba St, Durham, NC 27705


Courtyard By Marriott Durham Near Duke University/Downtown

1815 Front St, Durham, NC 27705


Millennium Hotel Durham

2800 Campus Walk Ave, Durham, NC 27705


Residence Inn by Marriott Durham McPherson/Duke University Medical Center Area

1108 West Main Street Durham, North Carolina 27701


Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

3001 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705


JB Duke Hotel

230 Science Dr, Durham, NC 27708


The Durham Convention and Visitor's Bureau is also a helpful resource in identifying accommodations near campus. 

Wheelchair and Disability Access
Duke University welcomes and encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate that you will need disability accommodations such as wheelchair assistance or a sign language interpreter, please call our office at least two weeks in advance of your visit. Students are welcome to speak with members of the Student Disability Access Office about access and accommodations at Duke during Blue Devil Days. SDAO staff can be reached at (919) 668-1267 or sdao@duke.edu.

The Fine Print
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. 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.

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