Military Affiliates

For centuries, Harvard students have served our country

Commissioning Ceremony May 2019

Student Perspectives


Joseph McDonough at AFROTC drill
Joseph McDonough '23

See a day of ROTC life


Caitlin Beirne stretches before exercise
Caitlin Beirne '24

Air Force & Actress


Hudson Miller
Hudson Miller '23

Harrison von Dwingelo
Harrison von Dwingelo '23

Hear veteran perspectives


Philip Geanakoplos runs through the obstacle course
Philip Geanakoplos '21

Jack Swanson
Jack Swanson '22

Learn about students in PLC

By the Numbers

  • 49 veterans, with 22 admitted as first-year or sophomore transfer students for the Fall 2021 semester
  • 85 ROTC cadets and midshipmen
    • 40 Air Force
    • 27 Army
    • 16 Navy
    • 2 Marine Corps
  • 1 USMC PLC cadets (students who participate in Marine Corps training during their summers and will attend Marine Corps OCS after graduation)
As of September 2021

Harvard's Military History

Harvard Military History Walking Tour Brochure Cover

Explore Harvard's legacy of service and support to the military on this self-guided walking tour

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

In partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard College offers students the opportunity to join ArmyAir ForceNavy, and Marine Corps ROTC programs. Our cadets and midshipmen benefit from the resources of both institutions, and enjoy robust camaraderie with their ROTC peers from other area schools such as Lesley University, MIT, Tufts, and Wellesley. As a Harvard cadet or midshipman, you can take advantage of the numerous training and travel opportunities that ROTC offers during summer and winter breaks. Upon completing your ROTC requirements and College graduation requirements, you will receive a commission as a United States military officer.

Other United States Military Programs

The Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course (PLC) and the Army Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) provide additional opportunities for Harvard College students to join the United States military, as does membership in one of the reserve components (including the National Guard). If you are an enrolled Harvard College student who is already in such a program or would like more information about joining one, please contact our Program Manager for Military Student Services.


As a veteran student at Harvard College, you will find a supportive community eager to assist you in your transition from military life to campus life. This support network includes your resident dean, resident tutor or proctor, academic adviser, and an active cohort of fellow veteran undergraduates and other military-affiliated students and alumni.

Prospective Students


Students who are interested in ROTC should apply to Harvard College and contact the appropriate service branch at MIT ROTC (the host institution for Harvard ROTC).


Each year, a small and enthusiastic cohort of military veterans joins the Harvard College student body. If you are a veteran with a spouse, partner, or child and are considering applying to Harvard College, rest assured that you would not be the first in these situations to go through your undergraduate experience here, and the College works diligently to ensure that all students are positioned to achieve success both inside and outside the classroom. Note that Harvard College requires full-time enrollment and local residence either on campus or in the Boston area.

  • Veterans who are interested in applying to Harvard College and have no prior college experience should contact Ian Anderson in the Harvard College Admissions Office
  • Veterans who earned college credits elsewhere may be eligible to enter Harvard College as sophomore or junior transfer students and should email
  • The Harvard Extension School, which does not require residency or full-time enrollment, offers an alternate path to a Harvard degree that may appeal to veterans and active duty military personnel who are seeking greater flexibility and online classes

The Wider Community of Support

Contact information for Harvard's military-affiliated organizations, communities, and individuals

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