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.
|May 1||Reply online||Reply to Admission offer |
Reply online to Admissions.
|May 1||Accessible Education Office Registration||Register with the Accessible Education Office|
Students seeking residential and/or academic accommodations due to documented medical, mental health, ADHD, and/or learning disabilities must 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 10||Pre-Orientation||Register for one or more Pre-Orientation Programs|
See Pre-Orientation for more details.
|May 12||Claim 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 12||Establish @College Email Address||When 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 15||Foreign Student Visa Survey |
|Return Foreign Student Visa Survey (if applicable) |
The Admissions Office will contact non-United States citizens/permanent residents by email in mid-April with instructions.
|May 15||Update Address and Parent Contact Information||Ensure College records are updated and verify your address for summer mailings. Visit the “Personal Information” tab|
|May 26||Upload Photo for Harvard ID Card||Submit 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 26||Housing & Advising Questionnaire|
|Complete Housing Questionnaire: Incoming students mustreview 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 26||Advising Questionnaire|
|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 26||Family Introduction||Submit Family Introduction to the FDO (optional).|
Join 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. And while they may address academic background, also helpful 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. Families may choose to leave instead a voicemail of up to four minutes.
Writing: 6 Prescott Street; Cambridge, MA; 02138
|May 26||Submit Photo and Bioform for the Harvard Freshman Register||The 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 26||Submit Freshman Family Information Form to Alumni Records Office|
|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.|
|Online Mathematics & Writing Placement Exams||Complete required online Mathematics and Writing Placement Exams.|
Online Biology, Chemistry, French, & Spanish Placement Exams
Complete optional (but highly encouraged) online Biology, Chemistry, French,
|June 15||Submit 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 how to submit forms.
|July 1||Submit Final Transcript & Report||Submit Final Transcript and Report.|
|July 15||Contact the College Board||Contact 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 Waive||The 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 1||Select and Purchase a Personal Computer||Harvard offers educational discounts on select types of computer hardware and software. Anti-virus software (go.eset.com/us/Harvard) and security information are also available (security.harvard.edu).|
|Aug 1||Complete NCAA Eligibility Center Registration||Complete NCAA Eligibility Center Registration (if applicable). 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 15||Pay Fall Charges||A 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 22||Move-in Day for the Class of 2021||Most 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.|
|Complete Athletic Interest Form (if desired). For students who wish to contact varsity coaches and discuss athletic interests.|