Important Deadlines

Please be sure to complete the following tasks by the stated deadline. Items marked in red are required of all students. In order to complete these tasks, you will need your unique Harvard University Identification Number (HUID), which all admitted students may see on the admitted student website. This is a private, personal number intended only for your use within Harvard University.

Date Link Description
April 8 Visitas Registration Join us for Visitas, our admitted student weekend, April 27-29. Learn about Harvard and experience campus life.
May 1 Commit to Harvard Reply to admission offer and confirm your place in the 
Class of 2023.
May 1 Accessible Education Office Registration

Students seeking residential and/or academic accommodations due to a documented disability must submit appropriate clinical documentation directly to the AEO, which will review requests, schedule appointments with students to discuss options for reasonable accommodations, and notify the DSO. Requests submitted after the deadline can result in service delays.

May 1 Activate HarvardKey,  @College Email,  and Two-Step Verification

Claim your HarvardKey and establish your @college email account; then activate two-step verification to access protected Harvard online resources and applications (e.g. to pay your bill, upload ID photo, submit housing questionnaire). Your @college email account will be the official address that Harvard will use to contact you.

May 6 Foreign Student Visa Survey  The Admissions Office will contact non-United States citizens/permanent residents by email in mid-April with instructions for those who are required to submit this form.
May 10 Pre-Orientation Register for one of six pre-orientation programs, if desired.
May 15 Update Address and Parent Contact Information Ensure College records are updated and verify your address for summer mailings. Visit the “Personal Information” tab in my.harvard.
May 15 Submit the Family Information Form Provide key family information to ensure you and your parents receive important updates and mailings from the Office of Parent and Family Programs as well as the Harvard College Fund Parent Engagement Programs Office.
May 24 Upload Photo for Harvard ID Card Submit a photo that meets passport specifications and Harvard size restrictions. Students who recently received a Harvard ID card (e.g. at Harvard Summer School) are not required to upload a new photo.
May 24 Housing Questionnaire (available 5/1)

The Resident Deans of First-Year Students use information provided on this form to match roommate and entry groups. Please describe yourself, your habits, and your preferences frankly and completely. Harvard cannot honor requests for particular dorms, type of room, or roommates, though staff try to respect preferences for rooming group size whenever possible. Housing and roommate assignments are emailed the first week of August.

May 24 Advising Questionnaire
(available 5/1)
Every first-year student is assigned a team of advisers (Resident Dean of First-Year Students, Proctor, First-Year Academic Adviser, and Peer Advising Fellow). On the advising questionnaire, students note their academic interests, challenges they suspect they may encounter in transitioning to college, and post-graduate educational or career plans they may be considering. Using these responses, the Advising Programs Office will assign students a First-Year Academic Adviser and Peer Advising Fellow, and notification of each will be sent mid-August. Students’ questionnaire information is available to members of the advising team.
May 24 Family Introduction Letter

Families may introduce their child through a letter to the First-Year Experience Office staff, to help set the stage for a successful transition to Harvard. While letters may address academic background, also helpful are experiences that have shaped the student’s personality outside the classroom (e.g. frequent family moves, recent divorce or remarriage, serious illness or recent death), knowing how a student responds to new situations, medical concerns, inclination to seek help from adults, and reaction to challenges. Introductions are not limited to parents; another family member (sibling, aunt, uncle, or grandparent) or trusted adviser (teacher, coach, or clergy) may write. One letter may be submitted per student, with a suggested length of one to two pages (mail to 6 Prescott Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; e-mail to firstyear@fas.harvard.edu; or fax to 617-496-1624). Alternatively, families may choose to leave a voicemail of up to four minutes at 617-870-3729.

May 24 Submit Photo and Bioform for the Harvard Register The Harvard Register is a hardbound yearbook published each August containing the photos, hometowns, and secondary schools of all incoming first-year students. This is the only tangible historical record that captures your entry to Harvard—copies are available for purchase and each edition is entered into the Harvard Archives. Do not miss this chance to be a part of Harvard history.

Early June

Online Mathematics & Writing Placement Exams Watch your @college email for notification of your assigned exam window.
Mid-June

Online Biology, Chemistry, French, & Spanish Placement Exams

These optional but highly encouraged exams provide course level recommendations. Any student interested in studying the life or physical sciences, or in medical school, should take both biology and chemistry. It is also recommended that students take the placement exam in any language with which they have prior experience. In addition to these exams, additional language and music placement exams will be offered on campus during Opening Days.

June 14 Submit Immunizations History to Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)

Massachusetts requires enrolled students to submit forms proving immunizations. Students should review the list of required immunizations, receive any missing ones, and submit their immunization history to HUHS. Non-submission and/or missing any of the required immunizations will place a hold on your account, and you will not be able to register for classes in August.

July 1 Submit Final School Report and Transcript

Ask your high school to submit the form and transcript through the Common or Universal Application, or online.

July 15 Submit AP Score Report Contact the College Board to request an AP score report that includes all scores, using school code 3434. Harvard uses AP scores to provide course placement recommendations. 
July 31 Evaluate the Student Health Insurance Plan and Decide Whether to Waive The Harvard University Student Health Program is comprised of the Student Health Fee (required of all undergraduates and guarantees access to most medical services including internal medicine and specialty care) and the Student Health Insurance Plan (provides major medical coverage throughout the United States and abroad). Since Massachusetts requires all enrolled students to have health insurance, undergraduates are automatically enrolled in and charged for the Student Health Insurance Program, which may be waived if another form of insurance offers the same or comparable coverage. Students and families should review coverage and, if applicable, waive the Harvard insurance. Waivers are not automatically renewed and must be completed either each term or academic year. Dental insurance is available; enrollment and renewal are not automatic.
Aug 1 Select and Purchase a Personal Computer

If you are considering a computer or software purchase, Harvard offers educational discounts on computer hardware and software. Microsoft Office and anti-virus software are available to students free of charge, along with other software.

Aug 1 Complete NCAA Eligibility Center Registration
 
Verification of eligibility takes at least two weeks after NCAA receives documentation; therefore registration prior to attending Harvard is imperative. Required only for first-years wishing to compete on a varsity or junior varsity intercollegiate team. Those wishing to compete for men’s crew, men’s and women’s squash, and men’s and women’s sailing do not need to register with the NCAA.
Aug 15 Pay Fall Tuition and Charges A link to your student account will be sent to your Harvard email address in mid-July. Parents and others may view the account and pay charges if established as delegates.
Aug 27 Move-in Day for the Class of 2023 Most first-year students will move in on August 27; those participating in pre-orientation will arrive on the date specified by the program. All students must be in residence by 3:00 pm; required orientation activities for students begin at 7:00 pm. Move-in instructions will be emailed in late July, and programming will be offered for families during the day. Families should depart in the evening.
Aug 31 Athletic Interest Form For students who wish to contact varsity coaches and discuss athletic interests.