Host Family Program

Form connections with a local family


The purpose of the Host Family Program is to facilitate informal friendships between alumni, faculty, administrators, other friends of Harvard College, and first-year students. To accomplish this goal, the program matches a member of the Harvard community with a student (or two) and encourages periodic communication, interaction, and meetings. The Host Family Program offers four events throughout the academic year for hosts and their students, but what happens beyond these activities is up to the pair. Examples of activities shared by hosts and students include attending Harvard and professional athletic events, apple picking, visiting a museum in Boston, or enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

How Do I Apply for the Host Family Program?

For incoming students in the Class of 2026, submit your application before midnight on July 13. Applications will be accepted after the deadline for the program waitlist. The application is available here.

If you are a Harvard community member interested in serving as a host, we welcome your application at any time. Please email to learn more and receive the host application.

Student Testimonials about the Host Family Program:

I found a home away from home. (People's Republic of China)
When I was sick my host mother brought me soup. (Texas, United States)
My host family was an important part of my transition. (Washington, United States)

Host Testimonials about the Host Family Program:

We have been hosting Harvard students for over 15 years and have developed a large extended family. (Sherborn, Massachusetts)
We are always amazed to watch new first-year students blossom into self-assured, involved, totally capable Harvard students by the end of the year. (Dedham, Massachusetts)


Additional Mentoring Programs

Not sure if the Host Family Program is right for you, but interested in connecting with members of the Harvard community? Below are additional opportunities you may wish to explore: