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Education Beyond the Classroom

Your Harvard education is more than coursework—it is also the experiences and friendships you form in activities outside the classroom.

Extracurricular activities are a great way to meet people, pursue your interests, try new things, and develop practical skills like business management or effective writing.

At Harvard, there are more than 450 recognized student organizations that span a range of interests and skill levels. You can do anything from rowing to dance, from cultivating happiness to high-impact philanthropy. Your options are virtually unlimited.

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Serve Your Community

We provide an abundance of opportunities to serve others and change the world, either through volunteer work or pre-professional activities that will help you begin a public interest career. See how you can get involved in public service and leadership activities.

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Find an Organization

With the Dean of Students Office’s vast and ever-evolving selection of student activities, you are sure to find something to meet your interests and skill level—whether you are a casual beginner or accomplished practitioner.