The Dean of Students Office is dedicated to building an inclusive residential and social community where all students can feel welcome and supported at Harvard College.


Pfoho students on Housing Day


In partnership with students and colleagues, the Dean of Students Office cultivates engagement, belonging, and respect; fosters an integrated living and learning community; and inspires self-discovery among Harvard College students.

Students studying in Smith Campus Center


With students at the center of our work, the Dean of Students Office will set the standard for a four year, outcomes-based campus and residential life experience which will enable Harvard College students to thrive intellectually, socially, and personally. We create the conditions where students can be inspired and will find a sense of belonging.

Our Values



We operate at the edges of our learning in pursuit of personal and professional development.



We find power in partnerships and in the sharing of ideas and resources.



We affirm the value of individuals and our voices, our communities and our interdependence.



We remain accountable to ourselves and to our community.

Goals Framework: 2022-23

Accountability to student development

Create outcomes-based learning experiences grounded in developmental principles and continuously improved by assessment



Accountability to resources

Serve as good stewards of College resources, ensuring that our policies and practices reflect our goals, strategies, and high ethical standards. 



Commitment to each other

Create structures that empower people to communicate, to work together, and to support and celebrate one another. 



Commitment to professional growth

Identify and create opportunities for staff to build and deepen core competencies within their roles.


Our Teams

The Dean of Students Office is made up of three units including Residential Life & Housing and First-Year Experience, Student Engagement, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. These areas are responsible for developing the conditions for a thriving learning environment where students can succeed intellectually, socially, and personally.

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First Week of Class

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Emails from the Dean of Students Office

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Navigating Campus Day-to-Day

Your resource for student life and support at Harvard.

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Harvard College seeks to build a community where every student can thrive, and it does so on the foundation of a set of shared values including belonging, inclusion, and non-discrimination.

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Policy on Unrecognized Single-Gender Social Organizations

The policy on Unrecognized Single-Gender Social Organizations (USGSO) is designed to dedicate resources to those organizations that are advancing principles of inclusivity, while offering them supportive pathways as they transform into more inclusive organizations.

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Professional Positions

Throughout their experience at Harvard, students encounter mentors and guides who serve as models of engaged, conscientious citizenship. Our staff are inspired by and learn from their interactions with students, and these relationships create an enriching, collaborative community for students to thrive.

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First-Year Proctors 2019

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