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Come See Harvard for Yourself

Visiting is a great way to get the feel of everyday life at Harvard College. Take the opportunity to meet our current students and explore the Cambridge/ Boston area.

We know that many students will not be able to visit colleges before applying. As an alternative, we strongly recommend our virtual tour. In addition, examining our website will yield a vast amount of information about Harvard past, present, and future.

Summer 2016 schedule 

From June 20, 2016 to August 4, 2016, all admissions information sessions and tours will originate at Sanders Theater in Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. The schedule will feature only one information session per day at 10:00am, followed by a tour at 11:00am, from Monday through Saturday. Information sessions and tours will not be offered on June 3, July 1-4, or August 5-6.

From August 8, 2016 to August 12, 2016, all admissions information sessions and tours will originate at Agassiz House, 5 James Street, Cambridge, MA. The schedule will feature information sessions each weekday at 10am and 2pm, followed by tours of the campus at 11am and 3pm. During this particular period, we expect a high volume of visitors, potentially resulting in large information sessions and tour groups. Instead, you may prefer to choose a different point in the calendar, or opt to use one of our self-guided tour maps during your visit. Traditional points of interest such as Harvard Yard, Memorial Hall, the Fogg and Peabody Museums can be found easily on any of our campus maps.

There will be no information sessions or tours during the weeks of August 15 and August 22. Information sessions will take place the week of August 29, but campus tours will not be held. Information sessions and tours will resume at Agassiz House on September 6.

Registration is optional but strongly recommended. It will enable us to better estimate room capacity, as well as to alert registrants to any possible schedule or venue changes.  Find upcoming tours and information sessions.

Information sessions and tours

Registration for information sessions and tours is optional but strongly recommended. It will enable us to better estimate room capacity, as well as to alert registrants to any possible schedule or venue changes. Find upcoming tours and information sessions. Admissions officers, often with undergraduates, present information and answer questions about admission to the college, financial aid, academics, extracurricular activities and residential life at Harvard. Tours are led by current undergraduates and provide a perspective on daily life on campus. Admissions tours last approximately 75 minutes and focus on undergraduate life at Harvard. They are intended for students considering entrance to the College. For historical tours, visit the Harvard Information Center.

Please allow one hour before scheduled events to find parking and navigate your way to Agassiz House. Contact the Visitor Center at 617 495-1551 with any questions. 

Group tours

We no longer offer private tours or information sessions to groups of 11 or more. Groups of 10 or fewer may join our information sessions and the regular tour. One person from the group of 10 or fewer may register up to four guests, but every group member must be registered. Impromptu arrivals (without prior registration) or groups of 11 or more will not be allowed into the information session or campus tour.

Groups of 10 or fewer must check-in at the Visitor Center at least fifteen minutes prior to their scheduled event. Groups that arrive more than 15 minutes late will forfeit registration and will not be allowed into the information session. 

We will not accommodate smaller units of larger groups. For example, a large group which seeks to enter the information session or join the campus tour by reducing their larger group into smaller segments will not be accommodated.

Tour the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)

Take a student-led supplemental tour focused on Harvard’s undergraduate programs in engineering and applied sciences. (Groups of 10 or more must email communications@fas.harvard.edu to schedule a separate tour.) Tours last approximately 60 minutes. For our current schedule please refer to our Visitor Center Calendar.

Virtual tour of Harvard College

Take our online guided tour to see the Harvard campus at any time, from any location. Student guides lead you through the places in which they live and learn, including dorm rooms, classrooms, Widener Library, the freshman dining hall and more.

YouVisit Tour

Visiting Groups

Schools and other educational organizations must request a group tour of the Harvard campus.

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