Connecting with Faculty

  • Unlocking the Ancient Near East

    Freshmen tour the Harvard Semitic Museum with Egyptologist Peter der Manuelian

  • Weighing Global Climate Change

    Students discuss climate change over lunch at the Harvard Museum of Natural History with Professor Jim McCarthy

  • Faculty Luncheons in Dean's Residence

    Students discuss the role and size of government with Karen G. Mills, former Head of the Small Business Association

  • Dining with Faculty in Annenberg

    Freshmen can invite faculty to join them for a meal in Annenberg at any point in the year.

  • Small groups of freshmen share dinner and discussion with faculty members through the Uncommon Fare program.

    Uncommon Fare

    Small groups of freshmen share dinner and discussion with faculty members through the Uncommon Fare program.


One benefit of being a student at Harvard is the opportunity to develop relationships with the professors, preceptors, teaching fellows, administrators, coaches, and staff who help make Harvard a world-class institution. These individuals can be great mentors and resources, helping you find direction and support in all aspects of life. Therefore, freshmen are encouraged to spend time with faculty outside of the classroom setting.

First-Year Faculty Dinners

Once a term, the FDO organizes a formal First-Year Faculty Dinner, where freshmen are encouraged to invite a professor. This event is always popular, offering a chance to get to know your professor in a more social setting. And remember, faculty, preceptors, and teaching fellows can join you for a meal in Annenberg any time at no cost to you.

Faculty Luncheon Series

The Freshman Dean’s Office also organizes a series of Faculty Luncheons which are held each term in the residence of the Dean of Freshmen and are a great way to get to know a faculty member and her or his scholarly work and research. The luncheons are often organized around a topic, and are meant to promote casual conversation about shared interests between students and faculty.

Additional Opportunities to Meet Faculty

Many academic departments, College offices, and University centers also offer unique opportunities for students to get to know faculty and members of the administration. For instance, the Institute of Politics, Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, Harvard College Women’s Center, and Office for the Arts often host lectures and special programs that connect students and faculty around current events and global issues. And the Advising Programs Office also invites students to Professors and Pastries, a program where faculty discuss how they came to academia over sweet treats.

The FDO also encourages freshmen to attend professors’ office hours to discuss a range of topics, including questions about a course, shared interests, and academic advice. To prepare first-year students to take advantage of office hours, the FDO’s Residential Education Program often hosts, “Making the Most of Office Hours.”