Host Family Program

The purpose of the Freshman Host Family Program is to facilitate informal friendships between alumni, faculty, administrators, other friends of Harvard College, and first-year students. To accomplish this goal, the program matches a member of the Harvard community with a student (or two) and encourages periodic communication, interaction, and meetings. The Freshman Dean’s Office sponsors four events throughout the academic year for hosts and their students, but what happens beyond these is up to the pair. Examples of activities shared by hosts and students include Harvard and professional athletic events, apple picking, outings to the New England Aquarium, Walden Pond, or the Museum of Fine Arts, or dinner at a local restaurant.

How Do I Apply for the Host Family Program?

  • If you are an incoming student and interested in joining the program, please contact Kendal Kelly.
  • If you are a Harvard community member, please contact Kendal Kelly.

Freshmen Testimonials about the Host Family Program:

I found a home away from home. (People's Republic of China)

When I was sick my host mother brought me soup. (Texas, United States)

My host family was an important part of my transition. (Washington, United States)

Host Testimonials about the Host Family Program:

We have been hosting Harvard students for over 15 years and have developed a large extended family. (Sherborn, Massachusetts)

We are always amazed to watch new first-year students blossom into self-assured, involved, totally capable Harvard students by the end of the year. (Dedham, Massachusetts)