Our Path Forward

Learn about returning to campus for Spring 2021.


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The Dean of Students Office is dedicated to building a campus residential and social community that is welcoming, open and accessible to all students.

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Wintersession 2021

Due to current public health guidelines, Wintersession will be offered virtually.

Wintersession, the last week of Winter Recess, is an opportunity for students to participate in programs that encourage personal reflection, intellectual curiosity, social interaction, and wellness. Programs will take place between Sunday, January 10 and Sunday, January 24.

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Welcome Class of 2025!

We're here to guide you as you transition from high school to college.
We can't wait to welcome you to Harvard!

Incoming student resources



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Levels of Reopening for Harvard College Students in Residence

As noted in the Residential Community Compact, this spring, safe practices will be used specifically to guide a color-coded system of of phased campus reopening, that will be revised and updated as needed. As conditions allow, opportunities for more flexible forms of safe socializing, working, and studying go up. In other words, during this spring, greater freedom to experience a rich residential life on campus will be directly connected to our adherence to public health practices and to our collective ability as a community to keep transmission rates very low.


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Anti-Racism: Learning, Healing, and Taking Action

We offer the following resources for all DSO staff or Harvard College community members who want to educate themselves about this complex and painful reality and how you can take action. These resources are sourced from Harvard College students, student organizations, DSO staff, and offices within the DSO.

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Take Action: Fighting Anti-Blackness

The Harvard College Women's Center has a list of resources dedicated to fighting anti-Black racism. There is also a Google form for you to submit additional resources that the Women's Center will then post to their website for all community members to access. 

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2020-21 Dean of Students Office Goals

This year the Dean of Students Office will work intentionally to become an antiracist organization. 

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If you live on campus, you can now reserve study spaces in select locations.

This pilot program is part of the FAS plan to gradually expand access to campus services for students in residence, following several weeks of carefully monitoring safety compliance and COVID-19 test results.

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The Houses

The Houses serve as the foundation for the undergraduate experience at Harvard College. Ninety-eight percent of all undergraduates live in one of the twelve residential Houses.  Each House accommodates 350-500 students with its own dining hall, common rooms, and facilities for academic, recreational, and cultural activities.



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