Come See Harvard for Yourself
Visiting Harvard is a great way to get a feel for everyday life here, meet current students, and explore Cambridge and Boston. The intangibles of the Harvard community—the atmosphere of Harvard Yard and the warmth and excitement of the students—are more easily experienced than described.
We know that many students are not able to visit colleges before applying, so we hope that our website highlights the vast opportunities and the warm community of Harvard.
Information session and tour schedule
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.
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. See our schedule of upcoming tours and information sessions.
Tours last approximately 75 minutes and focus on undergraduate life at Harvard. The Harvard College Admissions tour is primarily about the Harvard undergraduate experience and is intended for students considering entrance to the College/University. For historical tours, visit the Harvard Information Center.
Please allow one hour before scheduled events to find parking and navigate your way across campus to Agassiz House. Contact the Visitor Center at 617 495-1551 with any questions.
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. Tours last approximately 60 minutes. For our current schedule please refer to our Visitor Center Calendar. All groups must email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a separate tour. For a more detailed description of the tour please click here.
You can also attend an information session where an admissions officer and current Harvard students will share information about admissions, financial aid, academics, extracurriculars, and residential life. Reservations are not necessary.
Seniors only: stay overnight
Spend one night with a student host to see firsthand what residential life is like at Harvard. Get a taste of classes and residence halls, meet current students, and see Cambridge and Boston.
Come Monday through Thursday while classes are in session, October through March. Call 617-495-1551 at least three weeks in advance to arrange a visit.
Attend a class
When you visit, take advantage of the opportunity to sit in on an undergraduate class. The Admissions Office will help you find a class that fits your visiting schedule.
We offer on-campus interviews from September through November. Because of heavy demand for these appointments and the many other things to do during your visit, we normally encourage you wait for an official interview with local Harvard alumni. This meeting is typically arranged sometime after your application is submitted wherever it is possible to do so.
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 they live and learn, including dorm rooms, classrooms, Widener Library, the freshman dining hall and more.