Guide to the First Year: A to Z Resource for Life at Harvard

July 5, 2018
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Dear Members of the Class of 2022:
We are anticipating your arrival and write to make you aware that the Guide to the First Year for Students and Their Families was mailed last week to your mailing address, and is now available online. While postal delivery is unpredictable, we anticipate that mail sent within the United States should be delivered by July 16, and international mail will be delivered by July 31.

We urge you to read the Guide fully and thoughtfully, as it has been prepared to ensure a smooth and successful transition to Harvard College. Highlights include:

  • Structure of the curriculum
  • Academic advising
  • Dorms and residential system
  • What to bring and what to leave home
  • How to receive mail on campus
  • Overview of resources and services
  • Social life and extracurricular activities
With the retirement of Dean of Freshmen Tom Dingman last month, the Freshman Dean's Office has been renamed the First-Year Experience Office, operating within the larger Dean of Students Office. You will learn more about the Dean of Students Office in the coming weeks; in the meantime our dedicated Resident Deans and staff are working hard to prepare for Opening Days and remain available to assist you with any questions you may have. Our website and phone number (617-495-1574) have not changed, however please direct any questions to our new email address at

With best wishes,
The First-Year Experience Office
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