Important Deadlines

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Please be sure to complete the following tasks by the deadlines listed. In order to complete these tasks, you will need your unique Harvard identification Number (HUID), which all admitted students will receive via US mail in early April. This is a personal number intended only for your use within Harvard University. Items marked in red are required of all students.
 

DateLinkDescription
May 1Reply onlineReply to admission offer and confirm your place in the Class of 2021.
May 1Accessible Education Office RegistrationStudents seeking residential and/or academic accommodations due to documented medical, mental health, ADHD, and/or learning disabilities must register and submit clinical documentation. AEO will review requests and make reasonable accomodation recommendations to the FDO. Requests submitted after the deadline may result in service delays.
May 10Pre-OrientationRegister for one or more Pre-Orientation Programs, if desired
May 12Claim HarvardKey
 
The HarvardKey allows you to access protected campus websites (e.g. to pay your bill, check grades, upload ID photo, submit housing questionnaire). The HarvardKey confirmation code will be emailed to the address you have on file with Admissions, which you can update in the applicant status portal.
May 12Establish @College Email AddressWhen claiming your HarvardKey, you will simultaneously be invited to establish your @college.harvard.edu email address, which will be the official address at which Harvard will contact you. @college addresses are Google-based and accessed at gmail.com.
May 15Foreign Student Visa Survey 
(Available
in April)
The Admissions Office will contact non-United States citizens/permanent residents by email in mid-April with instructions for those who are required to submit the Foreign Student Visa Survey.
May 15Update Address and Parent Contact InformationEnsure College records are updated and verify your address for summer mailings. Visit the “Personal Information” tab in my.harvard.
May 26Upload Photo for Harvard ID CardSubmit a photo that meets passport specifications and Harvard size restrictions. Students who recently received a Harvard ID card (e.g. at Harvard Summer School) are not required to upload new photo.
May 26Housing & Advising Questionnaire
(Available
May 1)
 
Complete Housing Questionnaire: Incoming students must review information about Yard and dorm life before completing the housing questionnaire. FDO senior staff members use information provided on this form to match roommate and entry groups. Please describe yourself, your habits, and your preferences frankly and completely. Harvard cannot honor requests for particular dorms, type of room, or roommates, though staff try to respect preferences for rooming group size whenever possible. Housing and roommate assignments are emailed the first week of August.
May 26Advising Questionnaire
(Available
May 1)
Complete Advising Questionnaire: Every first-year student is assigned a team of advisers (Resident Dean of Freshmen, Proctor, Freshman Academic Adviser, and Peer Advising Fellow). On the advising questionnaire, students note their academic interests, challenges they suspect they may encounter in transitioning to college, and post-graduate educational or career plans they may be considering. Using these responses, the Advising Programs Office (APO) will assign students a Freshmen Academic Adviser and PAF, and notification of each will be mid-August. Students’ questionnaire information is available to members of the advising team.
May 26Family Introduction LetterJoin a time-honored tradition: families introduce your son or daughter to the Freshman Dean’s Office staff. Introductions help staff set the stage for a successful transition to Harvard. Most helpful to include are experiences that have shaped the student’s personality outside the classroom (e.g. frequent family moves, recent divorce or remarriage, serious illness or recent death), knowing how a student responds to new situations (adapting quickly or needing time to settle), medical concerns, inclination to seek help from adults, and reaction to challenges. Introductions received by the deadline will aid in the rooming process, but are welcome any time during the summer. One letter may be submitted per student with a suggested length of one to two pages (e-mail to fdo@fas.harvard.edu; mail to 6 Prescott Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; or fax to 617-496-1624. Alternatively, families may choose to leave a voicemail of up to four minutes at 617-870-3729.
May 26Submit Photo and Bioform for the Harvard Freshman RegisterThe Harvard Freshman Register is a hardbound yearbook published each August containing the photos, home towns, and secondary schools of all incoming freshmen. This is the only tangible historical record that captures your entry to Harvard—copies are available for purchase and each edition is entered into the Harvard Archives. Do not miss this chance to be a part of Harvard history.
May 26Submit Freshman Family Information Form to Alumni Records Office
(Available
April 3)
Provide key family information to the Alumni Records Office to ensure you and your parents receive important updates and mailings from local alumni groups and the Harvard Alumni Association.

Early June

Online Mathematics & Writing Placement ExamsComplete required online Mathematics and Writing Placement Exams.
Mid-June

Online Biology, Chemistry, French, & Spanish Placement Exams
(Optional)

Exams provide course level recommendations. Any student interested in studying the life or physical sciences, or in attending medical school, should take both biology and chemistry. It is also recommended that students take the placement exam in any language with which they have prior experience. In addition to the online exams above, additional language and music placement exams will be offered on campus during Opening Days.

June 15Submit Immunizations History to Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) provides comprehensive health care to all enrolled students, who should review services and resources offered. Compliance with Massachusetts immunization regulations is a requirement of all enrolled students, who should review the list of required immunizations, receive any missing, and submit forms.
July 1Submit Final Transcript & ReportSubmit Final Transcript and Report to the Admissions Office.
July 15Contact the College BoardContact the College Board and Request Complete Advanced Placement Score Report Use school code 3434. AP score reports include all scores, which Harvard uses to provide course placement recommendations.
July 31 Evaluate the Student Health Insurance Plan and Decide Whether to WaiveThe Harvard University Student Health Program is comprised of the Student Health Fee (required of all undergraduates and guarantees access to most medical services) and the Student Health Insurance Plan. Since Massachusetts requires all enrolled students to have health insurance, undergraduates are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Program, which may be waived if another form of insurance offers the same or comparable coverage. Students and families should review coverage and, if applicable, waive the Harvard insurance. Waivers are not automatically renewed and must be completed either each term or academic year. Dental insurance is available; enrollment and renewal are not automatic.
Aug 1Select and Purchase a Personal ComputerHarvard offers educational discounts on select types of computer hardware and software. Anti-virus software  and security information are also available.
Aug 1Complete NCAA Eligibility Center Registration
 
Verification of eligibility takes at least two weeks after NCAA receives documentation; therefore registration prior to attending Harvard is imperative. Required only for freshmen wishing to compete on a varsity or junior varsity intercollegiate team. Those wishing to compete for men’s crew, women’s rugby, men’s and women’s squash, and men’s and women’s sailing do not need to register with the NCAA.
Aug 15Pay Fall ChargesA link to your student account will be sent to your Harvard email address in mid-July. Parents and others may view the account and pay charges if established as delegates.
Aug 22Move-in Day for the Class of 2021Most freshmen will move in on August 22; those participating in pre-orientation will arrive on the date specified by the program. All students must be in residence by 3:00 pm; required orientation activities for students begin at 7:00 pm. Move-in instructions will be emailed in late July, and programming will be offered for families during the day. Families should depart in the evening.
Aug 31Athletic Interest FormFor students who wish to contact varsity coaches and discuss athletic interests, if desired.