Orientation is your official welcome and introduction to Harvard College. 

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Modules launch on the five Saturdays during August.

Throughout Orientation you will begin to learn about the values of the Harvard community and the opportunities and responsibilities associated with being a member. Most importantly, it is a time for you to get settled, meet peers and advisers, and consider how to explore and pursue your intellectual and personal interests. Although there is much to learn, there are many students, faculty, and staff who are ready to offer advice and support you throughout your transition to Harvard.

Orientation Modules

August 1 Welcome and Introduction to Harvard
August 8 Intellectual Pursuits, Academic Success, Requirements and Course Registration
August 15 Self-Care, Supports, and Resources
August 22 Identity and Community
August 29 Co-Curricular Life at Harvard

The modules are a mix of virtual small group discussions, open houses, live webinars, and pre-recorded videos and presentations. Each module will be organized to allow for a self-paced experience where students will be able to complete modules on their own time over the course of several weeks. The modules will remain accessible throughout the month of August and the start of the fall term.

Accessibility and Accommodations

We are committed to making our community and our programs accessible to everyone and recognize that not all environments, including online environments, are universally designed this way. While each of our programs have customized our curriculums and community building efforts to meet varying learning differences and preferences, we understand that there may be additional needs.

If you need any accommodations to fully participate in our Orientation program, please contact the Accessible Education Office (AEO) before the start of the fall term. Your privacy is important to us and any information you share with AEO is used for program accessibility and/or accommodation purposes only.

Students from the First-Year International Program


The full Orientation schedule and access to the modules will be available on a specialized platform. On the date of each module, you will receive an email to access the module content.

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Common Reading

The Common Reading is a resource for a sustained dialog about the meaning and purpose of a liberal arts and sciences education and the decision to join Harvard’s diverse community. Please make sure to finish the Common Reading text prior to Orientation in order to fully participate.

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Community Conversations

A long-standing tradition at Harvard College, Community Conversations is a program for first-year students to discuss elements of identity and belonging together with their entryway peers and Proctor.  This conversation serves as a starting point to help students consider their role in building and sustaining community at Harvard.

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During Convocation, we'll formally welcome you to Harvard College, providing you with an understanding of the values, history, and traditions of our institution.

Day of Service

Day of Service

The Day of Service, organized by Phillips Brooks House, is an annual Orientation event that welcomes you to local communities including Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville through service. 

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Orientation Welcoming Committee

As leaders within the Orientation program, upper-level students play an important role in supporting your transition to Harvard. At the very beginning of your experience, the Orientation Welcoming Committee plans community-building events to connect you with peers and help you develop a sense of belonging at Harvard.

Frequently Asked Questions

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