Spring & Summer 2021

This spring and summer may look different due to the pandemic. What has not changed is Harvard College’s commitment to the academic progression of our students, and providing the conditions for an intellectually, socially, and personally transformative education.

Planning for Fall

Harvard College is expecting a full return to campus for the upcoming Fall 2021 semester.

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Academic Calendar

Remote Learning

Although this academic year looks different from prior years, one thing has not changed: our unwavering commitment to the transformative power of a liberal arts and sciences education. It is our pledge to you that every single student has access to the best possible academic experience, and that no student’s progress is impeded as a result of the shift to remote learning.

Residential Life

The health and well-being of our entire community is our highest priority. All students who return to campus will be asked to follow a set of guidelines to help us ensure the safety of each of our students, staff, faculty, and neighbors.

Traditions and policies have been modified to comply with public health guidelines and minimize risk to students, faculty, and staff. View the requirements for living on campus such as socializing rules, travel policy, and information for moving in/moving out.

Access to Campus

Undergraduate student access to physical facilities is very limited. This enables the campus community to gain experience with Harvard’s required public health practices and to monitor key indicators to judge the effectiveness of our approach in containing the spread of the virus. Our ability to expand on-campus opportunities and access for students later in the semester, something we aspire to do, will be determined by our ability to open successfully at the beginning of the term. All students are expected to comply with all state and local public health and safety guidelines and requirements when accessing any spaces outside of Harvard’s campus.

While placing these restrictions on campus access will be challenging, we believe they are necessary for the health and safety of our community.

Crimson Clear

In response to COVID-19, Harvard University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to attest to their wellness using Crimson Clear prior to entering campus facilities.

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International Students

Any student who has questions related to visa or immigration-related issues is encouraged to contact Jessica Heffernan, Adviser to International Students and Scholars within the Harvard International Office, at jessica_heffernan@harvard.edu.

Cost of Attendance

Tuition will remain as announced for the 2020-21 academic year. There will be no room and board costs included in term bills for enrolled students residing off campus. Harvard's revolutionary financial aid program remains as strong as ever.

Harvard College is eager recapture the residential liberal arts and sciences experience that is core to our identity. Harvard is investing in resources to optimize our students’ remote learning experience, providing students and faculty with the tools they need to excel in a remote setting, and creating opportunities for students to connect outside of the classroom.

Community Engagement

A critical component of the transformational experience of a liberal arts & sciences education occurs outside the classroom. We are committed to offering a wide-range of opportunities for students to engage with one another, identify service projects, and find meaningful employment opportunities. 

Harvard College Mobile

Download Harvard College Mobile to access key resources for student life and well-being.

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Athletics

Consistent with its commitment to safeguard the health and wellbeing of student-athletes, the greater campus community and general public, the Ivy League Council of Presidents announced that league schools will not conduct league competition or host league championships during the spring term of the 2020-21 academic year. The opportunity exists for limited, local, outdoor spring sport competition if campus conditions significantly improve, and if campus, state and local guidelines allow it. Club sport and house intramural programming will remain remote as we continue to align with University policies and guidelines.

Admissions

For first-year applicants to the Class of 2026 (those applying in the 2021-22 application cycle), please read our latest statement about considerations for the admission application which includes information about standardized testing, our whole person review, and more. For now, the Visitor Center remains closed to the public but we welcome you to sign up for our online information sessions and take a virtual tour.

FAQs for admitted and incoming students