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. In addition, examining our website will yield a vast amount of information about Harvard past, present, and future.
Information sessions and tours
We encourage prospective students to learn more about Harvard College by attending an information session and/or by taking a 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. View our schedule of upcoming information sessions and tours here.
Except for water in a closed container, no beverages or food will be permitted inside information sessions.
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 fifteen minutes. They do not enter classrooms or dormitories. For a richly detailed look inside campus facilities, take our Virtual Tour.
Registration for information sessions and tours is strongly recommended. Please note that information sessions and tours require separate registrations. It better enables us to gauge available seating capacity, as well as to alert visitors to any sudden changes in schedule or location. Periodically, due to extreme visitor demand or other circumstances, it becomes necessary to restrict or “cap” the number of guests we can accommodate. On those designated occasions, visitors must register in advance. Our online reservation system will indicate what particular days are capped. It also will display when session and tour limits have been reached. At that stage, entrance to these events will be closed; walk-ins will not be allowed.
Also, for security purposes, the University strictly forbids our office from storing luggage or other personal property during the course of your visit. We apologize for any inconvenience this may produce, especially for families who have traveled long distances to join us.
You may cancel or update your registration at any time. Please note: any information you provide will be used for planning purposes only. It will have no bearing on the admissions process should you decide to apply to Harvard. Join our mailing list to learn about the Harvard College experience.
We invite you to consult our admissions website and calendar when planning your visit. If you require further assistance, call 617-495-1551 during regular business hours. For historical tours, visit the Harvard Information Center.
Please allow one hour before scheduled events to find parking and navigate your way to Sanders Theatre/Memorial Hall. Contact the Visitor Center at 617 495-1551 with any questions.
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@example.com 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 freshman dining hall and more.
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.
Stay Overnight (High School Seniors Only)
High school seniors have the option of staying overnight with a student host to see firsthand what residential life is like at Harvard. Students can 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 during October and November. Overnight visits are arranged on a first come first served basis. Register online at least three weeks in advance to arrange a visit.