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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. Visitas, our April visiting program, also offers admitted students a weekend to experience life at Harvard first hand before making a decision about the next four years.

Tours and information sessions

Take a student-led tour. 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.

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 with 10 or more people must email to schedule a separate tour.) Tours last approximately 60 minutes. For our current schedule please refer to our Visitor Center Calendar. 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.

Find upcoming tours and information sessions.

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.

On-campus interviews

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.

Mobile tour of Harvard Yard

Learn about life at Harvard today and throughout its 375-year history. This self-guided tour features text descriptions at each stop as well as audio, video, and images—including pictures from the University archives and exclusive inside views of Harvard buildings. Go to, or visit the iTunes App Store to download the free “Yard Tour” app.


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