Frequently Asked Questions

How can I take advantage of all the amazing opportunities at Harvard, and keep my life in balance?

By using the resources provided by Harvard, such as your academic advisor, your proctor, and your peer advising fellow (PAF), students are able to structure a balanced schedule over the course of their freshman year. In addition, the First-Year Experience program offers workshops, panels, and other programming to help students make informed and healthy decisions during the Read more about How can I take advantage of all the amazing opportunities at Harvard, and keep my life in balance?

What do students need to bring with them to the dorms?

A full listing of what to bring and what not to bring can be found in the Guide to the First Year for Students and Their Families, a publication that is released in early July each year. We direct your attention to the resource for guidance on what to pack.

Can we see dorm rooms in advance or get a copy of floor plans for dimensions?

Unfortunately, it is not possible for incoming students or their families to see dorm rooms prior to arrival. During the summer months, the dorms are occupied by the Harvard Summer School program or under routine maintenance, preventing families for seeing dorm rooms. Likewise, the FDO  is unfortunately not able to provide floor plans.

What furniture is provided for students in the dorms?

All dorm rooms and suites are configured with the following furniture: a standard, twin extra long bed; a desk with matching chair; a bookcase; a chest of drawers (with five drawers); a floor lamp (though we do recommend bringing a desk or additional lamp); bins for recycling; and, in cases where closets are not present, a wardrobe.

When will students receive their roommates and housing assignments?

The housing assignment notification is made during the last week of July or first week of August and typically includes the following information: dorm, suite assignment, freshman proctor, mailing address, whether the suite has an en suite or hall-style bathroom, and roommates, if any.

Will I receive a confirmation email?

No, but all changes will be reflected immediately in my.harvard. In addition, your adviser will receive a snapshot/screenshot of your emended schedule.