Move-In Day for First-Year Students

cars in the Yard on move-in day
Incoming first-year students will move to campus during the last two weeks of August. Your specific arrival date will depend on whether you choose to participate in a Pre-Orientation Program. While Pre-Orientation is optional, the majority of incoming students participate. You’ll have the opportunity to apply for Pre-Orientation in May, and will learn the move-in date and logistics for your program in June. If you choose to come to campus for required Orientation only, you will know your move-in date in early May.

We recommend waiting to schedule travel until you know which move-in date applies to you. Please note the following:

  • Early arrivals will not be accommodated, so lodging for any nights before dorms open will be at your own expense
  • Late arrivals are not permitted

Class of 2026 Move-In Dates

Date Pre-Orientation Program
August 17 FOP
August 19 FAP, FIP, FUP, FYRE, LIFE
August 25 Students not participating in a Pre-O program


The key steps you'll follow:

  • Students pick up their Harvard University ID card and room key
  • Vehicles unload in front of dorms, with a strict 20 minute time limit
  • Proctors and peer advising fellows welcome students and parents to the dorm
  • Complimentary parking is available a 5-10 minute walk from the dorms so that parents and family members can return to help students get settled
  • Campus tours help you become familiar with campus
  • Students may run errands, shop for dorm items, or share a meal with their family in the local area before saying goodbye