Preparation and Arrival Guide

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.

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 20 and 21.

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 12. Note, if you’re enrolled in both three-week session I and II, you only check in on Opening Weekend; you do not need to check in again on Sunday, July 12.

Get prepared: a checklist

Register and pay your balance.

  • Register for courses by May 18 to avoid a $200 late registration fee. Find a course.
  • Pay your balance by May 18 to avoid a $200 late payment fee. Pay online.
  • You can still register after May 18 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.

  • Opening Weekend schedule

  • If you're enrolled in the seven-week session or three-week session I, see the schedule of Opening Weekend check-in activities below.
  • View Campus Map and Directions to find Opening Weekend locations.

    • Arriving before Opening Weekend?

      If you arrive before Opening Weekend or outside of the specified check-in times, you need to find your own accommodations. The Cambridge Office of Tourism website has hotel listings.

    • Saturday, June 20

      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.

      • 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, first 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 HIO 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 at Gutman Conference Center.

        • Bring your H-ticket and government-issued photo ID to Gutman Conference Center.
        • Pick up your Harvard ID card.
        • Pick up your Student Handbook.
        • See the disability services coordinator if you have requested accommodations for a disability or have questions about services.
      • Go to the immunization clinic if you still need to meet the immunization requirement.

        • If you are living in Summer School housing or attending the Summer School while on a visa of any kind, and you have not met the immunization requirement, go to the clinic at Harvard University Health Services.
        • Allow approximately two hours for the visit, and be prepared to pay in full for any immunizations you receive. Acceptable methods of payment include cash and credit cards.
      • Set up a Harvard e-mail 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 plaza.

        • From 9 am to 6 pm, you can rent linens and dorm items, open a bank or Crimson Cash account, and join the Harvard COOP. 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 1 to 4 pm on Saturday, June 20; 1 to 4 pm and 6 to 9 pm on Sunday, June 21; and from 5 to 9 pm on Monday, June 22. Visit the Activities Fair for information about other music programs.
    • Sunday, June 21

      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 plaza.

        • 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 2:45pm.
      • Commuting Secondary School Program students: attend orientation.

        • The orientation is in Emerson Hall, room 105, from 3 to 4 pm.
      • Join us for ice cream!

        • Come on over for the Dean’s Ice Cream Social, 4 to 5:30 pm, in the Science Center plaza.
      • Attend your residential orientation.

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

      • Still have questions?

    • Dining options

      • Meal service for students living on campus begins with Saturday dinner in Annenberg Dining Hall. Annenberg is open for meals on Saturday, 4:30 to 7:15 pm, and Sunday, 7:30 to 10 am, 11:15 am to 2:15 pm, and 4:30 to 7:15 pm.
      • For the full Annenberg summer schedule, see On-Campus Housing.
      • A variety of convenience stores, grocers, and restaurants are 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 20, to 7 am on Monday, June 22.
    • 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. See the Cambridge  Office of Tourism website for hotel listings. 
      • SSP students: See information about arriving late.
  • Three-week session II check-in

  • If you’re enrolled in three-week session II, see the schedule of check-in activities below.
  • View Campus Map and Directions to find check-in locations.

    • Arriving before July 12?

      If you arrive before check-in begins on July 12, you need to find your own accommodations. The Cambridge Office of Tourism website has hotel listings.

    • Sunday, July 12

      Move-in and check-in hours are noon to 4 pm. Bring your H-ticket (available for printing the week before July 12) and a government-issued photo ID.

      • 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, first 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 HIO 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 at Gutman Conference Center.

        • Bring your H-ticket and government-issued photo ID to Gutman Conference Center.
        • Pick up your Harvard ID card or ID card authorization form.
        • Pick up your Student Handbook.
        • See the disability services coordinator if you have requested accommodations for a disability or have questions about services.
        • See the immunizations compliances specialist if you still need to meet the immunization requirement.

        Visit the activities and vendors tables.

        • Learn about extracurricular and cultural activities beyond the classroom, discover academic support resources available to you this summer, and find information on renting linens and other dorm items. You may also find what you need at shops in Harvard Square.

        Set up a Harvard e-mail 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.

        Join us for food and fun!

        • Come on over for the Dean’s Social, 4 to 5:30 pm. Location will be posted later in the spring.
      • Attend your residential orientation.

        • Meet the residential staff at an orientation in your House Sunday evening.
      • Get ready for class.

      • Still have questions?

    • Dining options

      • Meal service for students living on campus begins with Sunday dinner in Annenberg Dining Hall from 4:30 to 7:15 pm
      • For the full Annenberg summer schedule, see On-Campus Housing.
      • A variety of convenience stores, grocers, and restaurants are 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 on Sunday, July 12, to 7 am on Monday, July 13.
    • 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. See the Cambridge Office of Tourism website for hotel listings.