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Advising & Counseling

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Support, Knowledge, and Guidance at Every Step

At Harvard, your success is our primary concern. Harvard has numerous advising resources to assist you in planning your degree program, taking advantage of special academic opportunities (such as research or study abroad), and achieving your academic goals. From move-in day in your freshman year through graduation and beyond, Harvard’s advisers will support you every step of the way.

Freshman advising

Starting in your first year, you will work closely with a team of residential and non-residential advisers who will assist you in navigating Harvard’s academic curriculum and in transitioning to college life. Departmental advising is also available to you throughout the year as you begin planning for your choice of concentration in fall of your sophomore year. Explore freshman advising.

Upperclassman advising

After you declare your concentration (in fall of your sophomore year), the primary advising you receive will be from specialized advisers in your field of study. Outside of the concentration, there are many other advisers to whom you can also turn for  help. Learn more about upperclassman advising.

Postgraduate planning support

As you prepare to graduate, we will help you navigate graduate or professional school applications and career planning. Make a plan for your future with postgraduate advising.