What is ACES?
ACES is the student portal of the Duke University information system. You will use it to bookbag classes, check graduation requirements, and maintain a common enemy with your peers.

Who can use ACES?
Faculty members, students, and computer programs designed by students.

What is STORM? Why does it sound so much more powerful than ACES?
STORM is the faculty and staff self-service collection of pages within the Duke student information system. Do not be misled by its commanding title– it is equally as dysfunctional as ACES.

Am I allowed to hit the “back” button in my browser while using ACES?
No. Your bookbag’s contents will not be saved, your session will time out, and your status as an undergraduate of Duke University will be terminated.

How do I bookbag?
You must wait for your assigned bookbagging window in order to do so. You will be assigned a window based on your year in school, your status as a student athlete, and your tendency to write strongly worded emails. Registration will officially open at 7:00 AM in an effort to punish the lazy and the weak.

Am I guaranteed to be registered in the classes that are required for me to graduate?
No.

How do I search for classes?
There is a “Class Search” tab feature under “Registration.” There is also a “Browse Course Catalog” under “Future Plans.” They are functionally identical. In order to use either successfully, you will need to memorize the acronyms for every undergraduate and graduate department.

What should I write about in the “Future Plans” section in order to declare my major?
It doesn’t matter. You’ll be a consultant anyways.

How will I know if I have been waitlisted for a class?
You will see a yellow triangle next to that class. Yellow triangles are by no means an agreed upon symbol for anything, but you will learn to loathe them.

How can I be sure that I’m on the ACES web page and not an imposter site?
We recommend that you pay close attention to the details that distinguish ACES from other websites. The real ACES website is structured by randomly organized rectangles, some of which contain vague titles and others of which are totally empty. It also features a minimum of eleven different fonts on any given page. In addition, you should take note of the Facebook-familiar blue and white layout, which was in fact designed by the original Facebook software engineer’s blind, nihilist grandmother.

Is there any information at all that is easily accessible on ACES?
Yes– your high school AP test scores.

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