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College Programs

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Supporting Your Student Experience

Harvard offers a wealth of programs and services to support a diverse student body, advance individual interests and talents, build and strengthening community, and expand the breadth and depth of your experience.

The Freshman Dean’s Office is responsible for all aspects of your first year, coordinating opportunities to meet with faculty as well as co-curricular and extracurricular programming for the first-year class. 

The Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) supports your engagement in the arts and integrates the arts into University life. Through its programs and services, the OFA teaches and mentors, fosters student art making, connects you to accomplished artists, commissions new work, and partners with local, national, and international constituencies. By supporting your development as an artist and cultural steward, the OFA works to enrich society and shape communities in which the arts are a vital part of life.

The mission of the Harvard College Women’s Center is to promote gender equity by raising awareness of women’s and gender issues, developing women’s leadership, and celebrating women who challenge, motivate, and inspire. In alignment with these goals, we centralize resources and offer student-focused programming to strengthen individuals and student organizations. The Women’s Center is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all genders that encourages dialogue and diversity. 

The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations works to improve relations among racial and ethnic groups within the University and to enhance the quality of our common life. In pursuit of this mission, the Foundation seeks to involve students of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds in the ongoing programmatic enterprises of the College and University and to highlight the cultural contributions of all Harvard students. The Foundation sponsors annual programs and activities that are designed to promote diversity, inclusion and equity in the interest of interracial, intercultural and inter-religious understanding and harmony in the Harvard community.

The Office of BGLTQ Student Life works to foster community building and understanding regarding BGLTQ issues at Harvard College. The office serves as an information and referral resource for the Harvard College community, supports House Life with co-curricular programs and events, and provides leadership development opportunities through an undergraduate internship program.  

The Harvard Chaplains are a professional community of more than thirty chaplains, representing many of the world’s religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions, who share a collective commitment to serving the spiritual needs of the students, faculty, and staff of Harvard University. 

The Accessible Education Office works in support of Harvard College’s commitment to a diverse community. This includes those well-qualified students with documented physical, psychological, and learning disabilities, or other health issues that may require learning, sight, hearing, manual, speech, or mobility accommodations to ensure maximum access to education, housing, and recreation. 

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