FAQs

AP & IB Exams

My AP and/or IB exams are not displaying on the Placement and Test Scores Report – what should I do?

Students are asked to send a copy of the AP score report or IB transcript to the College over the summer. Scores appear in the Placement and Test Scores Report in mid-August each year. After logging in, if a student finds that scores are missing, they should reach out to the Registrar’s Office with the following information:

  • Student full name
  • For AP scores, the AP Student Identification number for the exam. For IB scores, the
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Are my AP or IB scores useful even if I am not eligible for Advanced Standing?

Yes, as mentioned above, despite the fact that Advanced Standing is the only means for using AP and IB scores for acquiring college credit, AP and IB scores not only help the College place you into the correct course level, but they can – with the right score – enable you to bypass introductory level courses (without credit).

Can I get credit for my AP or IB scores?

Harvard does not offer college-level credit for AP and IB scores on a one-for-one basis. Instead, students who acquire the equivalent of eight half-courses (that is, eight semester-long courses) of AP or IB-level credit are eligible for the Advanced Standing Program.

Academic Schedule Change

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.

Community & Diversity

Course Selection

Can I add more than four courses to my schedule?

By vote of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, first-term freshmen are not permitted to enroll in more than four courses (the only exception is for music performance classes). This restriction is lifted in the second term, and students may take up to five courses without permission of their Resident Dean of Freshmen. But students are reminded that the normal course load is four per term. 

My adviser is not available for academic advising – what should I do?

Final course selections are made in consultation with one’s academic adviser. Every effort should be made on the part of the student to meet with the adviser to lift the advising hold in my.Harvard. In the rare instance where that is not possible, students should email their Resident Dean of Freshmen, who can lift the hold in lieu of the adviser.

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First-Year FUNds

Mail & Packages

Does the HYMC process outgoing mail?

Mail under 13.0 ounces that has postage appended can be sent through the HYMC. Mail – whether domestic, international, or military APO/FPO – that exceeds this weight must be shipped through the local US Post Office. Students may also weigh outgoing parcels in the HYMC. 

When is the HYMC open for package pick-up?

Mailboxes are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The package depot is open six days a week: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

For Parents

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.

When do freshmen need to move out of the dorms, and how does move-out work?

 

All members of the Class of 2020 will need to be fully moved out of their rooms by 12:00pm on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

All members of the Class of 2021 will need to be fully moved out of their rooms by 12:00pm on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

 

At this time access cards will be deactivated, and students will no longer be able to get in and out of the dorm. To facilitate move-out, the Yard gates will be open to vehicles at designated times.

Sending boxes home early

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Can you recommend a local bank or hotel?

There are several banks in the immediate area which are easily accessible from campus. We do not, however, have any specific recommendations to offer. They are all very good, and we recommend that each individual investigate the options when arriving in Cambridge. If you're looking to get an early start, you might try using the internet to find what nearby banks have to offer. The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce website or the official website of the 

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When should parents leave?

Opening Days events begin with a mandatory entryway meeting for all freshmen at 7pm on Tuesday, August 22. Once Opening Days begin, students will have a full schedule of events and meetings keeping them busy. We recommend that parents leave no later than 6:30pm on Tuesday, August 22.

Can we send belongings ahead of time?

Yes. Once students receive their Harvard Yard Mail Center addresses in August with their rooming assignments, they may begin shipping items. You will be able to pick up any packages shipped in advance in the Science Center, 1st Floor, Tuesday, August 22 through Sunday, August 27, 8am-6pm. After this time, package pick-up hours return to their normal schedule of Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.

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Placement Exams

Do I have to take the course that is recommended in the score report?

Placement recommendations are ultimately recommendations, that is, students are not required to take courses for which they are recommended. Students make course selections based on the cumulative courseload and in consultation with their academic advisor or faculty in the academic departments. Therefore, students may take courses a level above or below placement recommendations.

For Proctors

Is there a training period for new proctors?

Yes, proctors are expected to attend a three-day training period in August just before new student move-in day. Trainings are full-day and comprehensive, featuring resources from support offices (University Health Services, Bureau of Study Counsel, Advising Programs Office).

Are there dates I must be in residence throughout the year?

Yes, proctors are generally expected to be present during the entire year, until spring exams conclude on May 14, 2017. There are also several required in-residence dates – including monthly meetings with one’s resident dean – when travel away from campus is restricted.

What should I expect from my proctor interview?

First round interviews are approximately half an hour in length and are usually a conversation about the position, your fit for it, and may include a response to a typical scenario that might play out in a freshman dorm among students. Candidates invited back for a second round can expect a casual conversation over a meal with a current proctor and group of students.

What if my University affiliation is pending?

If your affiliation is unconfirmed, please let us know by May 01, or as soon as possible, if you are admitted to your graduate program or begin an exempt-level position. Unfortunately, we are unable to interview candidates whose affiliation is not confirmed.

Reflecting on Your Life

What are the benefits of participating?

Reflecting on Your Life can provide a welcome respite from the typical frenzy of the day-to-day at Harvard and a chance to think critically with others about values and purpose.

What should I expect from each session?

The program features a time for quiet thinking and writing, as well as interactive exercises and activities that encourage the sharing of different perspectives and ideas.

Student Advocate

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?

How can I connect with Kiera? 

Kiera will have regular office hours at the Freshman Dean’s Office, and at various locations on campus. Her schedule will be posted here in early August.