Opening Days

Opening Days, which begins on move-in day and concludes the day before classes, is the official welcome and orientation to Harvard. During this time, students begin to learn about the values of the community and the opportunities and responsibilities associated with being a member. Most importantly though, it is a time to get settled, meet peers and advisors, and consider how to explore and pursue one’s intellectual and personal interests. While there is much to learn, there are many students, faculty, and staff who are ready to offer advice and support throughout the transition to Harvard.

Bear in mind, too, that Opening Days is just the start of orientation. The first year offers countless new experiences – many of which will be exciting and meaningful and some of which will be challenging and difficult. The goal of Opening Days is not to prepare students for all of these moments, but rather to enable them to discover the full range of what can be done as a Harvard student and how to find support when needed. Welcome!

 

  • Move-in Day

    The Harvard statue stands watch as crimson balloons mark the arrival of Harvard's newest class. Move-in Day is August 22, 2017

  • Strong Support Network

    Administrators in the Freshman Dean’s Office and Advising Programs Office are here to support you throughout your first year

  • Get to Know Proctors and PAFs

    Upon arrival, your Proctor and Peer Advising Fellows will offer support and advice on personal, social, and academic matters

  • Discover Your Academic Passion

    It’s okay if you’re not sure yet what you want to study. Proctors, Advisers, and PAFs will help you discover your interests

  • 49 Ways of Viewing and Speaking with the World

    Harvard has 49 concentrations and over 50 academic departments. You will learn about them all during Opening Days

  • Convocation

    Signaling your official start in the College, Freshman Convocation!