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Find all you need to know about preparing for your arrival at Harvard Summer School, getting to campus, and checking in before your classes begin.

This guide is for students enrolled in the General Program and the Secondary School Program. Preparation and arrival information for Pre-College Program students can be found in the Pre-College Arrival Guide.

If you’re enrolled in the seven-week session or three-week session I, you should plan to arrive and check in on Opening Weekend, June 17 and 18. 

If you’re enrolled only in three-week session II, you should plan to attend the three-week session II check-in on Sunday, July 9.

Get prepared

Register and pay your balance.

  • Register for courses by May 15 to avoid a $200 late registration fee. Find a course
  • Pay your balance by May 15 to avoid a $200 late payment fee. Pay online
  • You can still register after May 15 through the late registration deadline for each session, but there is a $200 late registration fee. You must attend (or participate online) and do all coursework from the day your classes begin.

Check your name, date of birth, and contact information.

  • Your name and date of birth in online services must match exactly what is printed on your government-issued photo ID, which you must present during check-in to receive your Harvard ID card.
  • Correct any name and date of birth errors by submitting a biographical information changes form.
  • The Summer School communicates with students via email. Keep your email address and other contact information current in online services. If you are not receiving email from us, be sure to check your spam and junk folders.

Nonnative English speakers: meet the English proficiency requirement.

  • All courses require proof of English proficiency.
  • If your native language is not English, meet the English proficiency requirement by May 1 if requesting an I-20 certificate or by May 15 if not requesting an I-20.

International students: meet I-20 certificate requirements.

Planning to live on campus?

  • Request housing online and pay in full as soon as possible but no later than May 15. Housing is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to students who meet all housing requirements.
  • Wondering what you should bring with you? See Your Room for a list of what’s provided and what you can rent on campus or purchase in Harvard Square.

Review placement test requirements.

  • Be sure to take any placement tests (noted in course descriptions) that are required for your courses.

Meet the immunization requirement.

Purchase or waive Summer School health insurance coverage.

  • You are required to have US-based health insurance that covers major illnesses and accidents in the United States.
  • If you do not have health insurance that covers major illnesses and accidents in the United States, you will be automatically enrolled in the Summer School insurance plan and charged the health insurance fee.
  • If you do have health insurance that covers major illnesses and accidents in the United States, log into online services by the appropriate deadline to waive the Summer School insurance plan and reverse the health insurance fee.

Learn your Harvard ID number and claim your HarvardKey.

Provide a photo for your Harvard ID card.

Set up your Harvard email account.

Learn about accommodations and services for a disability.

Prepare for your classes.

Bring your H-ticket and government-issued photo ID to check-in.

  • Print your H-ticket (your customized check-in ticket) via online services. The H-ticket is available starting the week before your session's check-in. You must have your H-ticket and a government-issued photo ID to check in.

Still have questions?

Opening Weekend schedule

View the PDF guide

SATURDAY, JUNE 17

Move-in and check-in hours are 9 am to 6 pm. Bring your H-ticket (available for printing a week before Opening Weekend) and a government-issued photo ID.

Travel to campus.

  • Travel to campus should be scheduled so that you can check in during regular check-in hours on Opening Weekend. Early arrival and check-in is not permitted.
  • See Directions for information on getting to campus.
  • View the Campus Map to find Opening Weekend locations.

Move in to on-campus housing.

  • If you are living on campus, pick up your key and move into your room before checking in elsewhere. Your key pick-up location will be listed on your H-ticket.
  • See Moving In and Out of Housing.

Pay any balance due before checking in.

  • Visit Student Financial Services at 51 Brattle Street, 1st floor, to pay any remaining balance due. Or pay online with a credit card.
  • Your balance must be paid in full before you can check in at Gutman Conference Center and pick up your Harvard ID card.

Have an I-20 certificate from the Summer School? Check in with Harvard International Office advisors.

  • You must check in with an international student advisor before you can pick up your Harvard ID card. Bring your passport, I-20, and H-ticket to Gutman Conference Center.

Check in with Harvard Summer School.

  • Bring your H-ticket and government-issued photo ID to Gutman Conference Center.
  • Pick up your Harvard ID card.
  • See the immunization specialist if you have not met the immunization requirement.
  • See the accessibility services office if you have requested accommodations for a disability or have questions about services.

Set up a Harvard email account and connect to the Harvard network.

  • For help, visit the computer services table in Gutman Conference Center.
  • You can also visit the computer lab at 53 Church Street or the HUIT Walk-In Support Center in the Science Center basement.

Visit the vendors and attend the Activities Fair in the Science Center.

  • From 9 am to 6 pm, you can rent linens and dorm items, open a bank account, join the Harvard COOP, learn about bike rental and phone services, and more. You may also find what you need at shops in Harvard Square.
  • From noon to 6 pm, you can explore extracurricular and cultural activities beyond the classroom, learn about campus sustainability efforts, and discover academic support resources available to you this summer.

Try out for the Summer School chorus.

  • Auditions for the Summer School Chorus in Holden Chapel will be from 2 to 5 pm and 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18. You can also audition from 5 to 9 pm on Monday, June 19. Visit the Activities Fair for information about this and other music programs.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18

Move-in and check-in continues from noon to 4 pm. Complete any items remaining on your H-ticket and note the following additional activities.

Visit the vendors and attend the Activities Fair in the Science Center.

  • The vendors and the Activities Fair will be available from 11 am to 3 pm today. See the Saturday schedule for more details about these events

Take a green tour.

  • You can take a green tour of Harvard and learn why Harvard makes the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll. Tours begin in front of the John Harvard statue at 2 pm and 2:45 pm.

Commuting Secondary School Program students: attend orientation.

  • The orientation is in Science Center Hall C from 3 to 4 pm.

Join us for ice cream!

  • Come to the Dean's Ice Cream Social from 4 to 5 pm. The location will be posted later this spring.

Attend your residential orientation.

  • Meet the residential staff at an orientation in your dormitory or House Sunday evening.

Get ready for class.

DINING OPTIONS

  • Meal service for students living on campus begins with Saturday dinner.
  • For the full summer schedule, see Dining Services.
  • A variety of convenience stores, grocers, and restaurants are also within walking distance of Harvard Square. See HarvardSquare.com.

PARKING OPTIONS

  • Parking is extremely limited in Harvard Square.
  • When moving in, 20-minute parking is permitted in Harvard Yard and at Houses for loading and unloading only.
  • Free overnight parking is available during Opening Weekend at the 52 Oxford Street garage from 9 am on Saturday, June 17, to 7 am on Monday, June 19.

WHAT IF I ARRIVE LATE BECAUSE MY FLIGHT IS DELAYED?

  • College age and older students: If you are living on campus, your flight is delayed, and you arrive after 6 pm on Saturday or after 4 pm on Sunday, you must seek other accommodations until regular check-in hours resume. See the Cambridge Office of Tourism website for hotel listings.
  • SSP students: See information about arriving late.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Call (617) 495-4024 or email inquiry@summer.harvard.edu. For Secondary School Program questions, email ssp@summer.harvard.edu or visit Holworthy Hall during Opening Weekend.

Three-week session II check-in

SUNDAY, JULY 9

Move-in and check-in hours are noon to 4 pm. Bring your H-ticket (available for printing the week before July 9) and a government-issued photo ID.

Travel to campus.

  • Travel to campus should be scheduled so that you can check in during regular check-in hours. Early arrival and check-in is not permitted.
  • See Directions for information on getting to campus.
  • View the Campus Map to find check-in locations.

Move in to on-campus housing.

  • If you are living on campus, pick up your key and move into your room before checking in elsewhere. Your key pick-up location will be listed on your H-ticket.
  • See Moving In and Out of Housing.

Pay any balance due before checking in.

  • Visit Student Financial Services at 51 Brattle Street, 1st floor, to pay any remaining balance due. Or pay online with a credit card.
  • Your balance must be paid in full before you can continue with check in at 51 Brattle Street and pick up your Harvard ID card.

Have an I-20 certificate from the Summer School? Check in with Harvard International Office advisors.

  • You must check in with an international student advisor before you can pick up your Harvard ID card. Bring your passport, I-20, and H-ticket to 51 Brattle Street.

Check in with Harvard Summer School.

  • Bring your H-ticket and government-issued photo ID to 51 Brattle Street.
  • Pick up your Harvard ID card or ID card authorization form.
  • Turn in immunization documentation if you still need to meet the immunization requirement.
  • See the accessibility services office if you have requested accommodations for a disability or have questions about services.

Set up a Harvard email account and connect to the Harvard network.

  • For help, visit the computer lab at 53 Church Street or the HUIT Walk-In Support Center in the Science Center basement.

Attend your residential orientation.

  • Meet the residential staff at an orientation in your House Sunday evening.

Get ready for class.

DINING OPTIONS

  • Meal service for students living on campus begins with Sunday dinner.
  • For the full summer schedule, see Dining Services.
  • A variety of convenience stores, grocers, and restaurants are also within walking distance of Harvard Square. See HarvardSquare.com.

PARKING OPTIONS

  • Parking is extremely limited in Harvard Square.
  • When moving in, 20-minute parking is permitted at Houses for loading and unloading only.
  • Free overnight parking is available during check-in at the 52 Oxford Street garage from 11 am, Sunday, July 9, to 7 am, Monday, July 10.

WHAT IF I ARRIVE LATE BECAUSE MY FLIGHT IS DELAYED?

If you are living on campus, your flight is delayed, and you arrive after 4 pm on Sunday, you must seek other accommodations until business hours resume at 9 am on Monday, July 10. See the Cambridge Office of Tourism website for hotel listings.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

Call (617) 495-4024 or email inquiry@summer.harvard.edu.

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