Class of 2021: Welcome from the Dean of Freshmen and Important Announcements
May 1, 2017
Monday, May 01, 2017
Dear Members of the Class of 2021:
Congratulations on your admission to Harvard College and a warm welcome from the Freshman Dean’s Office (FDO)! We write with a few announcements:
You have been subscribed to the 2021 class email list, an administrative listserv used to inform you of important University events, deadlines, and policies throughout the summer and during your freshman year. As soon as you set up your @college email account, we will add it to the list and remove your personal email address. During this transition time, however, please check both accounts.
As you prepare for matriculation in August, there are a number of important deadlines to which you should pay close attention. Some highlights include:
Housing Questionnaire, ID Photo, and Advising Form
The housing questionnaire is now available online; FDO staff use this form to create rooming groups and entryways. Please start the housing questionnaire process immediately by first claiming your HarvardKey.
We also ask that you complete the advising information form at the end of the housing questionnaire. The Advising Programs Office (APO) uses this to match you with your academic adviser and Peer Advising Fellow.
The deadline for these forms and the ID photo upload is Friday, May 26, 2017.
Now that you have accepted your spot at the College, please consider participating in one of our five pre-orientation programs, each of which has a specific activity and theme. Doing a pre-orientation program will give you the chance to make friends before the school year starts, meet upperclassmen, get advice about Harvard, learn about the campus and surrounding area, and have fun! While these programs are optional, over half of each freshman class typically participates. Please register or submit your application as soon as possible; most deadlines are Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
The Class of 2021 Freshman Register is a hardbound yearbook that includes photos of your classmates, as well as secondary school and hometown information. The Register is the only tangible historical record that captures your entry into Harvard as a freshman. Be remembered as a member of the Class of 2021 by submitting your Freshman Register information form by Friday, May 26, 2017.
We are making plans now for Opening Days in late August and expect to greet you with a full slate of interesting and supportive activities. Meantime, please let us know if we can be helpful in your transition to the College.
Thomas A. Dingman '67
Dean of Freshmen
Repeats every week every Monday until Mon May 07 2018 except Mon Dec 18 2017, Mon Dec 25 2017, Mon Jan 01 2018, Mon Jan 08 2018, Mon Jan 15 2018.
8:00pm to 10:00pm
Holworthy Arts Room
All first-year students are welcome at the weekly Open Art Night! Use our supplies (painting, colouring, crafting, etc.) or bring your own. The Holworthy Art Room is open every Monday night that classes are in session.
I'm sick of everyone just saying they're "fine." I feel anxious and down but don't know how to open up about it. Some parts of my life and identity just don't fit in here at Harvard. I wish I took better care of myself.
Does any of this sound like you? Drop in, chat, drink some cocoa, and leave with some practical tools taken from recent research within the fields of mental health and wellness. You don't have to come every week, and there are no sign-ups. Questions? Email the program moderator, Proctor Lispeth...
Invite a faculty member, teaching fellow, preceptor, proctor, coach, adviser, dean, or administrator to the spring first-year faculty dinner in Annenberg. Hot drinks and appetizers will be served on the portico outside Annenberg from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.