Our Path Forward
Academic Year 2020-21
Harvard College is committed to the academic progression of our students, which we must pursue while protecting the health and safety of our community. Guided by this commitment, all course instruction for the 2020-21 academic year will be delivered online. First-year students, and students who have been approved to return due to inadequate conditions for learning in their home environment, will be invited to return to campus for the Fall 2020 term. Read the FAS Fall 2020 Plans.
Academic Year Ahead
Although the fall of 2020 may look very 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.
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 all of our students, staff, faculty, and neighbors.
Access to Campus
Campus is planning to open in accordance with the announced plan, but must do so cautiously and in a phased approach. Undergraduate student access to physical facilities will be very limited. This will enable 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.
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.
Any student who has questions related to visa or immigration-related issued is encouraged to contact Jessica Heffernan at firstname.lastname@example.org, Adviser to International Students and Scholars within the Harvard International Office.
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.
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.
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On July 8 the Ivy League made the decision to cancel all varsity athletics competition during the fall semester for Harvard and all other Ivy schools. While we know this is disappointing, we support this decision, as we know it was made with the health and well-being of our student athletes and broader community in mind. On our Athletic Department website you will find detailed information regarding eligibility, club sports, intramurals and much more. This information will be updated regularly.
For first-year applicants to the Class of 2025, 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.