Incoming Students

Welcome to Harvard, Class of 2021! You are joining a long and storied tradition and we are pleased to introduce you to the Harvard community. Contained within these pages are answers to frequently asked questions and information to help you achieve a smooth and successful start to your college career. Specifically, the staff of the Freshman Dean’s Office would like to draw your attention to key tasks and corresponding deadlines for completion over the summer.

Our orientation period, known as Opening Days, begins in late August, but many students often participate in one of our five pre-orientation programs, which arrive up to a week early. Over the summer, we also ask that students begin to familiarize themselves with the academic expectations of the College as well as the nuts and bolts of advising and the academic calendar.

Finally, this section also has some brief information for parents of incoming students, including a page of frequently asked questions. But as always, if you have a question that is not answered here, we encourage you to contact us – if we do not know the answer, we will work hard to find it.