During August, you are invited to participate in one of six pre-orientation programs.
During Pre-Orientation, incoming first-year students build strong relationships with their peers who share similar interests, learn about student life at Harvard from upper-level mentors, and connect with faculty and professional staff who are invested in their success.
Pre-Orientation programs take place during August. Since programs occur simultaneously, participation is limited to one. Program dates and costs for the Class of 2025 will be posted in May 2021.
All first-year students are encouraged to apply and rank order up to two programs of interest. Applications are typically due in mid-May.
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 Pre-Orientation programs, 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.
Within the application we also request information about time zone preference and technological needs to support your participation.
FAP is a multidisciplinary introduction to the arts at Harvard, bringing together students who are passionate about the arts, enthusiastic to share their interests, and eager to learn. Centered around virtual workshops and master classes given by resident and visiting artists in drama, music, theater design, studio arts, film, dance, and creative writing, FAP ends with a pageant, a collaborative presentation of entirely original student work. No formal training is required.
FOP will be offered virtually this year, and we’re excited to bring you old traditions of community-building and self-discovery, mixed with brand new programming! You’ll have the choice to participate in a trip with one of six themes: Climate and Environmental Justice, Land History and Use, Food Sustainability, Responsible Outdoor Recreation, Flora and Fauna, and History of Harvard. Through games, activities, and discussions tailored to the virtual format, you’ll explore one of these themes and learn about life at Harvard with a trip community of 2-3 current Harvard students and 8-12 other incoming first-years.
Get a jump start on making the most of your Harvard experience! Student leaders, faculty, and alumni will share vital information on navigating the transition from home to college life, including relationships with professors, the purpose of office hours, taking advantage of financial resources, and more. Bond with your classmates and make connections with key campus leaders while having fun and socializing.
FUP fosters a commitment to public service and community advocacy; supports diversity, equity, and social justice work on campus; and introduces first-year students to Boston and Cambridge grassroots community organizations. Discussion groups reflect on issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and equity, as well as how to create social change. Workshops include sessions with alumni and community leaders who work with Harvard public service programs.
FIP is a pre-orientation program for international students and US residents who have lived and studied primarily overseas. Partnering with the Harvard International Office, 45 upperclassmen leaders mentor approximately 150 incoming first-year students, introducing them to Harvard and helping them adjust to life in the United States. Specifically, participants receive foundational information for a happy, successful start at Harvard, including sessions and discussions about American culture, immigration, and academics in the US and at Harvard. Participants are also able to set up a bank account and cell phone service. FIP is also a chance for students to meet other internationals and form friendships, whether that be through participating in a scavenger hunt around Boston or through competing in the annual FIP Olympics. Through its emphasis on inclusion and belonging, FIP creates new and lasting friendships, and at the same time cultivates the larger international community at Harvard.
The newly established LIFE program provides first-year students the opportunity to discover, reflect and exercise what it means to be leaders and change makers at Harvard College, within their communities, and in society at large. Take your leadership skills to the next level and join us as we dig deeper into a variety of leadership styles, engage in dialogue, and put theory into practice during this robust program. No formal leadership training or experience is required.