Review and update contact information for your family in my.harvard to ensure your parents, guardians, and/or family members receive important information regarding family-specific events and communications from the Office of Parent and Family Engagement. This contact information is separate from emergency contacts.
The Resident Deans of First-Year Students (RDFs) use information provided on the housing questionnaire to match roommate and entry groups. Please describe yourself, your habits, and your preferences frankly and completely. Harvard cannot honor requests for particular dorms, type of room, or roommates, though RDFs try to respect preferences for rooming group size whenever possible. Housing and roommate...
Families may introduce their student through a letter to the First-Year Experience Office staff. Letters may address academic background, but it is also helpful to include experiences that have shaped the student’s personality outside the classroom. (e.g. frequent family moves, recent divorce or remarriage, serious illness or recent death), knowing how a student responds to new situations, medical concerns, inclination to seek help from adults, and reaction to challenges. Introductions are not limited to parents; another family member (sibling, aunt, uncle, or grandparent) or trusted adviser... Read more about Family Introduction Letter
The Harvard Register is a hardbound yearbook published each August. It contains the photos, hometowns, and secondary schools of all incoming first-year students. This is the only tangible historical record that captures your entry to Harvard. Copies are available for sale and each edition is entered into the Harvard Archives. Do not miss this chance to be a part of Harvard history.Read more about Submit Photo and Bioform for the Harvard Register
Students who wish to be connected with a local Harvard host are invited to apply to the Host Family Program. In the past, this program has been especially helpful to students without a local support group, first-generation students, and international students.
The Harvard University Student Health Program is comprised of the Student Health Fee (required of all undergraduates and guarantees access to most medical services including internal medicine and specialty care) and the Student Health Insurance Plan (provides major medical coverage throughout the United States and abroad). Since Massachusetts requires all enrolled students to have health insurance, undergraduates are automatically enrolled in and charged for the Student Health Insurance Program, which may be waived if another form of insurance offers the same or comparable coverage. Students... Read more about Evaluate the Student Health Insurance Plan and Decide Whether to Waive