The Game

Since 1875, the Harvard Crimson and the Yale Bulldogs have faced off in an event simply known as "The Game." It's more than just a football game—this is a rivalry that stays with Harvard students throughout their lives.

Shield on field of Harvard Yale


At Harvard, students are encouraged to explore their interests and embrace the subjects they are passionate about. The College has many traditions and festivities that celebrate the arts and the diverse communities that foster them. Every spring, the college hosts traditional concerts, festivals, and performances that allow students to discover and enjoy the varying art forms that the Harvard Community has to offer.

Global Day of Service

During the First-Year Global Day of Service, students learn about the important role service plays in the Harvard experience.

Students performing public service. One student with a group of children outside


Each Harvard house enjoys its own unique traditions. And while these activities are steeped in history, new traditions are regularly introduced and adopted. From the annual celebration of International Polar Bear Day at Pforzheimer House (in which, among other things, they "adopt" a real polar bear in the wild) to the much-anticipated Lowell Tea, students enthusiastically embrace their House traditions.

Housing Day

The week before Spring Break, first-years learn their housing assignments for following years. One of the most notable traditions at Harvard, Housing Day is sure to be a highlight of your first-year experience.


Each year, Harvard admitted students are invited to come spend a few days on campus. During Visitas, admitted students stay in first-year dorms and eat in the dining halls. They also take part in events, attend classes, and meet others who are considering Harvard. Visitas is a great way to experience life at Harvard.


Commencement is one of Harvard's oldest and most cherished traditions. At Commencement, graduating Harvard College seniors are awarded their diplomas. They celebrate their accomplishments with their families, friends, and mentors. The event includes a procession, diploma-awarding ceremonies, and featured speakers. While Commencement is a University-wide event, Harvard students receive their diplomas at their Houses.

Dean of the College and student during Commencement