Arrival Guide

Find all you need to know about preparing for your arrival to the Harvard Pre-College Program, getting to campus, and checking in before your classes begin.

If you are enrolled in the Secondary School Program or general program, see Preparation and Arrival for your arrival and check-in information.

Get Prepared

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 and faculty communicate 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.

Get ready to live on campus.

  • 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.
  • Don’t forget to bring a pillow and linens with you or rent them from Harvard Student Agencies.

Learn about accommodations and services for a disability.

Learn your Harvard ID number and claim your HarvardKey.

Submit required immunization documentation.

Provide a photo for your Harvard ID card.

Prepare for your classes.

  • Make travel plans to arrive for your residence hall check-in on Sunday between noon and 2:30 pm.
  • Find your classroom by viewing your schedule in online services. Check for classroom changes right before classes begin.
  • Course syllabi will be emailed to students the week of June 5. Make plans to visit the Harvard COOP when you arrive to purchase any required textbooks or other course materials.
  • Note the deadlines for course changes, drops, and withdrawals. To make any changes after April 17, upload the Pre-College Course Registration Changes Form to online services for Pre-College Program office approval.
  • Check your class schedule before making your travel plans home. You are expected to attend all class meetings before leaving campus at the end of your session.
  • Residence hall check-out will be no later than 7:30 pm on the final Friday of each session.

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 a few days before your session's check-in. You must have your H-ticket and a government-issued photo ID to check in at your residence hall.

Still have questions?

Check-in schedule

Check-in hours are noon to 2:30 pm at your residence hall on the Sunday your session begins:

  • Session I: June 25
  • Session II: July 9
  • Session III: July 23

Your residence hall will be listed on your H-Ticket (available via online services a few days before your session begins) which you must present at check-in along with a government-issued photo ID.

Travel to campus.

  • Transportation from Logan Airport to Harvard is generally safe, fast, and easy. Taxi is the preferred method of transportation, especially for those with heavy luggage. Public transportation takes longer, but costs only a few dollars.
  • If you are already in the area, we recommend you use public transportation as parking is extremely limited in Harvard Square.
  • The main entrance to the Pre-College residence halls (Dunster House and Mather House) is directly across from 5 Cowperthwaite Street. You should use this address when looking up directions to your residence hall. If you drive to campus, please note that Memorial Drive is closed to traffic on Sundays in the summer.
  • View the Campus Map and see Directions for more information on getting to campus.

Check in with the Harvard Summer School.

  • Bring your H-Ticket and a government-issued photo ID to your residence hall.
  • Pick up your Harvard ID card or ID card authorization form.
  • Pick up your room key.
  • Submit immunization documentation if you have not yet met the immunization requirement.
  • See the accessibility services office if you have requested accommodations for a disability or have questions about services.

Move in to your room.

  • Residential staff will help you locate your room after you check in and pick up your key.
  • Representatives from Harvard Student Agencies will be on-site to distribute pre-ordered linens and help you with any room essentials you still need.

Join us for ice cream!

  • Meet your program director and residential staff over ice cream at 2:30 pm outside the front of Mather House (in Mather and Dunster dining halls if raining). Families are welcome to stay for this event.

Attend orientation.

  • Students meet proctors at 3:45 pm at the proctor's door. See your door nametag for information.
  • Students gather in Dunster House dining hall at 4:45 pm for a student orientation with program and residential staff.
  • Parents and guardians are welcome to attend an optional orientation in Dunster House dining hall at 3:45 pm to learn more about the program and speak with program and residential staff.
  • Families should plan to depart no later than 4:15 pm.

Tour the Harvard campus.

  • Proctors will lead you on a tour of the campus and help you find your classroom buildings, libraries, athletic facilities, and more. Meet in Dunster House courtyard at 5:30 pm.

Have dinner in Annenberg Dining Hall.

  • At the end of your campus tour, proctors will accompany you to dinner at Annenberg Dining Hall.
  • For more information, see Dining Services.

Attend your residential orientation.

  • Proctors will hold a mandatory evening floor meeting to go over important policies and fun events planned for the program. Meet in your House dining hall at 8 pm.

What if I arrive late because my flight is delayed?

  • Travel to campus should be scheduled so that you can check in Sunday between noon and 2:30 pm.
  • We understand, however, that delays en route may be unavoidable. In Massachusetts, people not yet 18 years of age are prohibited by law from checking into a hotel unaccompanied by an adult. Therefore, if you arrive after check-in closes, you should still proceed to your residential hall where staff will be available to assist you.

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