Pratt Walking Tours

Explore the Duke Engineering Quad with a friendly Pratt student tour guide.

Tour Schedule

  • Fall: August 30 – December 8, 2017
  • Spring 2018 dates coming soon

Note: For the best possible experience, be sure to register at least two (2) business days before your preferred tour date.


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Learn about life as a Duke studenT

Explore the Duke Engineering Quad with a friendly and expert Pratt tour guide! You'll receive an overview of our study and research facilities, visit labs and classrooms, and learn about the unique and innovative features available to engineering students at Duke.

Pratt Walking Tours:

  • Are led by knowledgeable, friendly student guides
  • Last approximately one hour
  • Are limited to 20 participants total, and four per sign-up group

We have structured the schedule of The Pratt Walking Tour so that you may also participate in the Undergraduate Admissions information session/campus tour on most weekdays. Separate registration for the Duke Undergraduate Tour is required. Please note: Visitors should allow at least two hours with Admissions as well as a 15-minute walk between buildings.

Our undergraduate student guides are very knowlegeable – but please allow them to refer you to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for answers to questions they may not be able to answer. You can reach the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 919-684-3214.

Holiday and BReak dates

Because we rely on the expertise of knowledgeable student guides, the Pratt Walking Tour will not take place on the following dates during holidays or exam times:

  • September 4: Labor Day Holiday
  • October 7-10: Duke’s Fall Break
  • November 22-26: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 9-January 15: Fall Reading Period and Final Exams, Winter Break
  • March 10-18: Duke’s Spring Break
  • April 25 – May 20: Spring Reading Period and Final Exams, Graduation, Transition to Summer Term I

Contact us

Questions about Pratt tours should be directed to Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs Lauren Stulgis, at or 919-660-5442.

Let is us Know your Accessibility needs

Duke University and the Pratt School of Engineering welcomes and encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.

If you anticipate needing any type of reasonable accommodation, or have questions about access, please contact Lauren Stulgis at or 919-660-5442 in advance of your visit.

For more information, please visit the Disability Management System online at, or call 919-684-1424 to inquire about visitor accessibility and accommodation.

parking info and meeting spot

Pratt Walking Tours begin from the lobby of the Nello L. Teer Engineering Building. In the Teer lobby, look for our blue-and-orange Pratt Walking Tour signs. While you wait for the tour to start, be sure to pick up our free brochures and explore our touch-screen interactive displays.

Visitors may park in the Bryan Center (PGIV) Parking Garage or any other visitor parking areas on campus.

It is a short walk (0.2 miles) from the Bryan Center Parking Garage to the Teer Engineering Building [map]:

  1. Exit to Science Drive and turn right
  2. Follow the sidewalk down the hill and continue past the circle on the pedestrian walkway
  3. The Nello L. Teer Building will be on your left
  4. Enter through the main doors and meet your tour in the lobby

What if it rains?

The Duke campus sees an average 220 days of sunshine a year! So there's a great chance you'll see our campus at its sunny best. We do continue to give tours when it rains. Our campus is still beautiful and our guides still friendly and knowledgable, no matter the weather. All that is typically needed is an umbrella for walking between buildings.

In Case of Severe Weather

When severe weather threatens, timely and detailed university-wide notices are posted to the DukeAlert website. Duke Alert will tell you whether the campus is operating on modified schedule and whether classes are canceled. The Pratt Walking Tour is canceled when Duke classes are canceled.

Send any weather-related questions to Lauren Stulgis at or 919-660-5442.

Schedule a Group Tour

Have a group with five or more people? Please contact Lauren Stulgis directly, at or 919-660-5442, to discuss options for a separate group tour of the engineering campus.

need to cancel?

If you have registered but cannot attend, please let us know – this will allow us to give a spot to another interested prospective student. To cancel, simply send your name, and tour date and time to, or call 919-660-5442.

Cancel a Tour