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
A: Ultimately, the decision rests with the individual student. As outlined here, there are benefits to taking AP and IB exams since they fulfill a variety of purposes, but some students may wish to take the Harvard placement exams to accomplish the same goal.
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).
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.
Like the Harvard placement examinations, AP and IB scores are primarily used by academic departments to determine appropriate placement within a discipline. For instance, a student who scores a five on AP Economics would be eligible to bypass the introductory course Economics 10a and 10b.
Students are indeed required to consult with their academic adviser before making a course change, as that individual needs to release the advising hold in my.harvard. An appointment with the resident dean is not required except in the case of withdrawal from a course.
Yes. Students must meet first with their academic adviser, who can lift the advising hold in my.harvard; once the hold is lifted, students may begin enrolling in courses on a rolling basis until the deadline.
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.
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.
When your event is approved, the FDO will help you plan according to the budget. Typically, students will need to pay for First-Year FUNds expenses up front, but save your receipts in order to submit them to the FDO for reimbursement. The reimbursement process can take up to a month after receipts are submitted.
Most events are designed for a relatively small number of participants, so budgets should be planned accordingly. A cooking event for 25 people might cost $100 for groceries and supplies while a night of watching presidential debates for 50 people might only cost $65 for snacks and drinks.
First-Year FUNd events should generally be planned to use public transportation and the cost may be covered by your funding. If you wish to plan an excursion to a location with no public transport options, the FDO will help explore other means of transport, but the expense may be prohibitive.
The FDO will help advertise your First-Year FUNd event appropriately based on the event. Most events are open to any first year students who want to come and are therefore advertised in the Yard Bulletin. Events targeted to a specific audience (e.g. members of a dorm) will be advertised more selectively.
Most students hold their events in a Yard Common Room, which can be reserved through the Freshman Dean’s Office. However, don’t limit yourself to organizing events on campus, get out and explore the surrounding communities.
Packages that require signatures are signed for by a clerk as they enter the Harvard Mail Network, but there may be a lag before the parcel reaches the HYMC. If your package is missing, please call and have on hand the tracking number and the name of the Harvard clerk who signed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Freshman Family Weekend activities take place on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, 2017. A formal invitation will be sent to parents in September. All family members are welcome. For more information visit the Harvard College Parents Program homepage, or call (617) 495-8663.
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.
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.
If a student is participating in a Pre-Orientation Program, they will be assigned temporary housing until Monday, August 22. We recommend that students only bring what is necessary for the week of pre-orientation and that parents arrive with the rest of their belongings on Tuesday, August 22.
Freshman move-in is on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Keys will be available beginning at 9:00 am. All students are required in residence by 3:00 pm. The first required meeting for all freshmen is at 7:00 pm.
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.
Placement exams constitute one of several useful tools for selecting courses. Placement recommendations are also made on the basis of scores from Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.
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).
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.
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.
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.