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Parents & Families


Information to Help Your Student Succeed

As the parent, family member, or guardian of a prospective or current Harvard College student, you may have many questions about your student's education, residential life, or overall experience. We hope the information on this page serves as a useful resource for you along the journey from prospect to graduate.

If you have additional questions, please contact Parent and Family Engagement Office by email anytime.

Visiting Harvard

We hope you're able to visit Harvard during the time your student is here. From move-in day to commencement, families are encouraged to watch their student flourish and grow on campus. Here are a few helpful links for visiting Harvard:

Current Family Resources

Harvard College's Parent and Family Engagement Office in the Dean of Students Office coordinates a variety of opportunities for you to engage with your student and the life of the College by offering on-campus events, publications and communications and connections to campus resources.

In close partnership with our network of dedicated parent ambassadors, the Harvard College Fund Parent Engagement Programs office convenes and fosters an engaged, supportive community of Harvard parents around the world.

Other useful links:

Family Weekend

During First-Year and Junior Family Weekends, experience Harvard College through the eyes of your student. Participate in courses and engage in discussions with faculty, meet other families, receive valuable information and helpful resources for the student experience, and learn about all that Harvard has to offer.

Admissions Information

College searching is an exciting time in the life of a high school student, and we know that families are often part of the search process. Here are a few resources to help guide your student and your family as you consider Harvard: 

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Prospective Parent and Guardian Inquiry Form

By submitting this form, the admissions office will send you 3-4 emails each fall with tips for college searching and the college application process based on what grade your student is in high school.

Sign up here to join the prospective parent email list

Financial Aid

Academic Opportunities

With over 3,700+ courses, and 50 concentrations (our word for majors), the options may seem overwhelming for your student. The liberal arts & sciences curriculum is designed to provide a well-rounded education that spans all academic areas to challenge ways of thinking about the world and to instill deep thinking and communication skills. Below are some useful links about academic programming and support: 

Residential Programs and Services

The goal of the residential system at Harvard College is to make every student feel at home, whether they are from across the country or across the globe. We aim to help every student feel safe and supported during their four years at Harvard. Here are some useful links about residential life, safety, and support: