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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.

Information sessions and tours

We encourage prospective students to learn more about Harvard College by attending an information session and campus tour. Our information sessions are led by admissions officers, usually accompanied by current undergraduates. Typical discussion topics include academic and non-academic life, housing, the admissions process, and financial aid. Walking tours are conducted by Harvard students. In addition to showing prominent landmarks such as academic buildings and residence halls, our tour guides draw heavily on their own experience to describe daily life at the College. Tours generally will last for an hour and they do not enter classrooms or dormitories.

Registration for information sessions and tours is required.

View our schedule of upcoming information sessions and tours here

We recommend that you allow one hour before scheduled events to find parking. 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. Tours last approximately 60 minutes. For our current schedule please refer to our Visitor Center Calendar. All groups must email [email protected] to schedule a separate SEAS tour.

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 first-year dining hall and more.

Seniors Only: Stay Overnight

High school seniors may register for an overnight visit to Harvard to see firsthand what residential life is like. Undergraduate students will host prospective students for one night, and students will have the opportunity to visit classes and learn more about the opportunities, resources and people at Harvard. Please revisit this page in mid-August 2019 when registration slots for the fall semester will become available.

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.

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