Orientation is your official welcome and introduction to Harvard College. 

Student visiting Advising Fair

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.

Accessibility and Accommodations

We are committed to making our community and our programs accessible to everyone and recognize that not all environments are universally designed this way. While Orientation customizes curriculum and community building efforts to meet varying learning differences, needs and preferences, we understand that there may be additional accomodations. If you need any accommodations to fully participate in Orientation, please contact the Disability Access (DAO) prior to move-in. Your privacy is important to us and any information you share with DAO is used for program accessibility and/or accommodation purposes only.

Students from the First-Year International Program

Orientation Schedule

Orientation for the entire Class of 2026 will take place the evening of Thursday, August 25 - Tuesday, August 30. The orientation schedule is now available here! Please sign in using your HarvardKey to review required events by Yard.

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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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First-Year Convocation

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

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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 and move-in staff

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.