MEng Email Archive Fall 2014/Spring 2015

Duke Master of Engineering Program: Congratulations!  (Email #1)

Dear Applicants, 

Congratulations on your admission to the Master of Engineering Program! We hope that you'll join us in August and become a member of our newest class. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at meng@pratt.duke.edu

This email kicks off a series of emails that the Admissions Team will send to you to help you as you make your decision. This information will be sent out as it becomes available and be archived online at: http://meng.pratt.duke.edu/meng-email-archive-fall-2014spring-2015.  For now, here are a few resources to consider as you see if our program is right for you.

Admitted Student Day
Both the MEM and MEng programs will host an Admitted Student Day on March 28, 2014, and we hope that you'll attend this event that is run entirely by current students. Registration is required, and space is limited, so sign up soon if you'd like to attend! If you cannot attend, please note that we have posted information from previous events online; see the 2012 event and the 2013 event. We'll post information from the 2014 event as soon as we can.

Connecting with Potential Classmates
If you're on Facebook, there's a group for Admitted Master of Engineering students. Join in the conversation and get a head start on getting to know your classmates!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/463440037090880/

We both hope that you will become a member of the Master of Engineering Program, and hope to see you in Fall 2014. Please let us know if we can help with any questions.

Sincerely,
Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu 
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu

Duke Master of Engineering Program: Next Steps  (Email #2)

Dear Applicants,

This is the second in a series of emails that the Admissions Team will send to you to help you as you explore all that Duke has to offer. If you miss anything, note that all email is archived online at http://meng.pratt.duke.edu/meng-email-archive-fall-2014spring-2015.

This week, we'll briefly talk about next steps in the enrollment process.

Accepting or Declining the Offer of Admission
Admitted students should complete the Enrollment Form found in their admission letter to formally accept or decline the offer of admission.  The form includes a brief survey where the applicant indicates that they'll be coming to Duke or not, with follow-up questions that the program uses to understand how we can better serve applicants. Please complete your form by the deadline indicated in your letter.

Deposit
Note that we do not require a deposit to accept the offer of admission.

Official Transcripts
As you are aware, your application was reviewed and an admissions decision was made using unofficial, scanned copies of your transcript(s). If you want to accept our offer of admission and will enroll in the program, we require official copies of those transcript(s). A separate email will be sent to remind you of this once you accept the offer of admission.

The FAFSA for US Citizens and Permanent Residents
If you are planning on applying for a federal Stafford or Perkins loan, you can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at www.studentloans.gov.

For further information on FAFSA and the U.S. Department of Education’s student aid programs, you may call 1-800-433-3243 seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to midnight (Eastern time). When completing the FAFSA form online, you will be asked for Duke’s Title IV code; it is E00165. Once you have received confirmation that your forms are complete and have been forwarded to the University, a financial aid officer will complete your aid award. If you have any questions during this process, you may contact Ms. Lisa Roop-Wioskowski who manages Graduate Financial Aid at 919-681-3247 or grad-finaid@duke.edu.

The Visa Process (I-20 or DS-2019) for International Students
A separate email with detailed instructions on the Visa Process will be sent after you accept the offer of admission, and your I-20 or DS-2019 will be processed after your official transcripts have been received. Visit Duke's Visa Services Office at http://www.visaservices.duke.edu/F1_Incoming.html for more information. Do not send any documentation before you are requested to do so.

Admitted Student Day
Remember, Duke will host an Admitted Student Day on March 28 for both the Master of Engineering Management and Master of Engineering programs. Now in its fourth year, ASD is run entirely by current students, and they're working hard to make sure this is the best event ever. Registration is required, and space is limited, so sign up soon if you'd like to attend! If you cannot attend, please note that we have posted information from previous events online; see the 2012 event and the 2013 event. We'll post information from the 2014 event as soon as we can.

We're here to help.
If you have any questions, please let us know. Also, if you haven't already joined the Facebook group, take a look. We have several current students on hand to help with any information you need. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/463440037090880/

That's it for today. Please let us know if we can help with any questions.

Sincerely,
Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu 
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu

Duke Master of Engineering Program: ASD 2014 (Email Special!)

Dear Applicants,

This is a special note in a series of emails that will help you as you consider life at Duke. As always, information is archived online at http://meng.pratt.duke.edu/meng-email-archive-fall-2014spring-2015

Duke held its fourth annual Admitted Student Day (ASD) on Friday, March 28, 2014. ASD is entirely run by current students, and this year's team strove to make the day informative and fun so that attendees could see what a great experience life at Duke can be. We welcomed admitted applicants from both the MEM and MEng programs, and an overview of the day for those who missed it is available online:

http://meng.pratt.duke.edu/ASD2014

The site features videos from the day as well as copies of the handouts that were given to attendees.  Take a look!

Remember: admitted students should complete the Enrollment Form found in their admission letter.  The form includes a brief survey where the applicant accepts or declines the offer, with follow-up questions that the program uses to understand how we can better serve applicants.  Please complete your form by April 15. Note that we do not require a deposit to accept the offer of admission. 

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at meng@pratt.duke.edu

That's it for today's email. Let us know if you have questions!

Sincerely,
Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu 
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu

Duke Master of Engineering Program: Important Dates (Email #3)

Dear Applicants, 

This is the third in a series of emails that the Admissions Team will send to you to help you as you explore all that Duke has to offer. If you miss anything, note that all email is archived online at http://meng.pratt.duke.edu/meng-email-archive-fall-2014spring-2015. This week, we'll cover important dates for the upcoming year.

Accepting or Declining the Offer of Admission
Remember, if you have not yet accepted or declined the offer of Admission, you should do so by the deadline mentioned in your letter. For most of you, that should be April 15.

Semester Schedule

The Academic Calendar for Pratt's Professional Masters Programs, including the Master of Engineering Management Program, can be found in our program bulletin. Orientation will begin August 19th for US citizens and August 11 for international candidates. SPRING Orientation will begin January 5 for international students and January 6 for US citizens. Orientation is required as part of the program; it is not optional.

Tuition and Fee Billing
The Bursar's office bills students on a regular basis (see billing schedule and due dates here) and bills are posted to student accounts on ACES, Duke's internal student site. Note that this is the only way you'll receive bills - Duke does not send hard copies of bills through the mail. Payment information is available at http://finance.duke.edu/bursar/Payments/index.php. We have posted Estimated Tuition and Fees for 2014-2015 at http://meng.pratt.duke.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid.

North Carolina's Immunization Requirement
We like to mention this early, because it's serious stuff. The state of North Carolina requires that all students entering a university present a certificate of immunization which documents that the student has received all required immunizations. If you don't meet these requirements by the posted deadline, you may be WITHDRAWN FROM THE UNIVERSITY 30 days after classes begin. Don't let that happen to you! If you have to update your immunizations, start now. See http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/studenthealth/immunization-compliance for more information, including deadlines and requirements.

We're here to help.
If you have any questions, please let us know. Also, if you haven't already joined the Facebook group, take a look. We have several current students on hand to help with any information you need.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/463440037090880/

That's it for today. Please let us know if we can help with any questions.

Sincerely,
Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu 
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu

Duke Master of Engineering Program: Course Enrollment Information (Email Special!)

Dear Applicants, 

Hello! My name is Staci Thornton and I'm the Academic Coordinator for the Professional Masters Programs.  I wanted to let you know that you will be able to register by Friday, April 18.  Until your official transcripts and I-20 information have been received by the admissions office you will not be able to enroll in courses.If you have received your NetID and password, you are eligible to enroll. Please note there is a high volume of mail that still needs to be processed.

To register for classes, you will need to sign in to ACES using your NetID and password. For instructions on how to register for classes, please review the ACES- How To Guide.  Remember that Bookbagging your classes it NOT registering for classes.  You have to book bag your classes and then Enroll in them.  See the ACES- How To Guide for more information.  You can register for classes now but you must meet with your advisor at Orientation in August so that can approve your schedule. Advisor assignments will go out this summer.

Just a reminder,  MEng students in all disciplines must complete 30 credits comprised of key program elements as follows:

  • Core industry preparatory courses (MENG 540 and MENG 570, 6 credits)
  • Departmental or interdisciplinary core courses (15 - 18 credits, varies by department)
  • Technical electives in a concentrated area (6 - 9 credits, varies by department)
  • Internship, Project, or Equivalent (MENG 550 and MENG 551, 0 credits)

For more information on course options, please go to the MEng Website  and click on your discipline on the right hand side. Please let me know if you have any questions!

As you are thinking about your schedules for Fall 2014, there are some helpful ways to make course decisions.  We have added many resources to Sakai.  You will need to go to sakai.duke.edu and login.  You will then need to click on Membership on the left hand side, then click on Joinable Sites at the top of the page under “My Workspace: Membership”. Then search for MEMP/MEng Resources.  You will then click join and have access to the site. To  access the site, click on My Current Sites and MEMP/MEng Resources should be listed there.

  • Course Introduction Videos- While MENG 540 and MENG 570 are mandatory, Professors Ted Ryan and Jim Mundell have taken the time to create course introduction videos that are available on the MEMP/MEng Resources Sakai site.  You can view videos in the Media Gallery on the left hand side.  They have provided their e-mail addresses at the end of each video so please feel free to reach out to them and ask any questions!
  • Previous Course Evaluations- When you are searching classes in ACES, there is an option to view previous course evaluations.  You just click Course Eval and it will give you a list of all previous course evaluations.  Instructors of courses can change so make sure you are looking at the correct instructor.  Not all courses have course evaluations available to students so if you don't see it for a course, then it is not available.

There are many other resources on the MEMP/MEng Resources Site including Durham and Housing Information.  Please take a look and let me know if you have any questions!

Staci Thornton

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Staci Thornton
Academic Coordinator
Professionals Masters Programs
Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
919-684-3905 (office)
919-668-2888 (fax)
staci.thornton@duke.edu

Duke Master of Engineering Program: Housing, Transportation, and Area Resources (Email #4)

Dear Applicants, 

This is the fourth in a series of emails that will help you as you consider life at Duke. This information is sent out as it becomes available and is archived online at .http://meng.pratt.duke.edu/meng-email-archive-fall-2014spring-2015. This week's email offers more information on housing, transportation, and area resources, plus information on student loans.

Housing

See http://studentaffairs.duke.edu/hdrl/graduate-professional-students for both on-campus and off-campus housing. Please note that on-campus housing for graduate students is limited due to Duke's commitment to providing undergraduates with three years of on-campus housing. Most graduate students live off campus. When contemplating complexes, be sure to check apartment locations against Duke's bus routes and note that some complexes are served by Duke's Safe Vans Service from dusk to dawn.

Current students went over housing options during Admitted Student Day. If you haven't yet seen these overviews, take a look!

Many of you have been posting roommate notices on the Facebook groups. Another great option to find existing Duke students looking for roommates is DukeList's Roommate Wanted section.

Finally, Duke's Community Housing office has conducted surveys of students living in various complexes in the area. The survey lists pricing, contact information, and options. Students then rank complexes based on condition, property management, noise, and safety, and each complex's crime statistics are listed as well. You can also see the student breakdown for each complex (would you rather live with a lot of undergrads, or other graduate and professional students?). View search results for this information here, but note that the most recent survey is from 2009, so be sure to check pricing.

Transportation

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (http://www.rdu.com/) is less than a half hour from Duke's campus; see http://www.rdu.com/groundtrans/groundtrans.html for transportation options on getting to Duke.

See http://parking.duke.edu/ for Duke’s Parking & Transportation department. If you plan to bring a car to campus, you can sign up for a parking permit over the summer (June/July). There are many other options if you do not have a car or do not choose to use it.  

Cell Phone Providers, Banks, and Grocery Stores

You need to call home once in a while. You'll need to hit the ATM for weekend cash. And after weeks of eating campus food, you might want to venture out for sustenance from an area grocery store.  Duke's International House has a lot of useful information on getting settled into the area whether you're an international student or not.

Student Loan Information

If you applying for a federal Stafford or Perkins loan and have any questions during this process, you may contact Ms. Lisa Roop-Wioskowski in Graduate Financial Aid at 919-681-3247 or grad-finaid@duke.edu.

We're here to help.

If you have any questions, please let us know. Also, if you haven't already joined the Facebook group, take a look. We have several current students on hand to help with any information you need.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/463440037090880/

That's it for today's email. Let us know what we can do to help!

That's it for today. Please let us know if we can help with any questions.

Sincerely,
Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu 
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu

Duke Master of Engineering Program: Getting Around Durham (Email #5)

Dear Applicants,

This is the fifth in a series of emails that will help you as you consider life at Duke. This information is sent out as it becomes available and is archived online at http://meng.pratt.duke.edu/meng-email-archive-fall-2014spring-2015.

Families are pouring into Durham from all over the world to celebrate graduation weekend for the class of 2014, so here's a short email on Getting Around Durham.

Durham

Durham is awesome, but don't take our word for it. See this great site from Duke Law that shows how lov-a-bull Durham is (you'll have to click to understand that). Please check it out - you'll be glad you did!

Getting Around

Will you need a car? Maybe not. Many Duke students leave their cars at home because Duke and Durham make getting around easy by offering convenient options that help Duke become a more sustainable campus.

CarShare, a car-sharing service is on campus and available 24/7. For as little as $8 an hour or $66 per day, you can reserve a sedan, SUV, van, or electric vehicle to run errands, go shopping, perform community service, or take a road trip. One-way rentals are also available on campus through the Enterprise Rent-A-Car office in Durham.

Biking is big on Duke's campus. Bike lanes and paths make it easy to get places fast. Our online map details over 140 unique rack locations around Duke. Bike shops are within walking distance of campus. Riding your bike is the fastest way to get around campus.

GoPass is a free public bus pass that allows all students to ride local and regional transit for free. Duke transit and public buses can also be tracked in real time on your computer or mobile phone. You can also ride the free Bull City Connector to get downtown.

We're here to help.

If you have any questions, please let us know. Also, if you haven't already joined the Facebook group, take a look. We have several current students on hand to help with any information you need.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/463440037090880/

That's it for today's email. Let us know what we can do to help!

Sincerely,
Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu

Duke Master of Engineering Management Program: See Yourself at Duke (End of Year Email Special!)

Dear Applicants,

This is a special end-of-the-year email in a series of emails that will help you as you consider life at Duke. This information is sent out as it becomes available and is archived online at http://meng.pratt.duke.edu/meng-email-archive-fall-2014spring-2015.

Today's topic: See Yourself at Duke, and what better way to do that (without actually coming to campus) than to view a couple of year-end videos.

First up, the MEng student slideshow shown at graduation. 

 

and the Graduation ceremony for the class of 2014.

 

That'll be you next year! Time will fly.

We're here to help.

If you have any questions, please let us know. Also, if you haven't already joined the Facebook group, take a look. We have several current students on hand to help with any information you need.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/463440037090880/

That's it for today's email. Let us know what we can do to help!

Sincerely,
Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs

Susan.Brown@duke.edu
Erin.Degerman@duke.edu