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’re an adult, college, or Secondary School Program student, 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.
  • In general, you may not receive mail or packages at your on-campus residence.  If you need to receive items in an emergency,  contact the Pre-College Program Office at

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.

Make your travel plans.

  • Residence hall check-in is 1 to 3 pm on the first Sunday of each session.
  • Residence hall check-out will be no later than 7:30 pm on the final Friday of each session.
  • Check your class schedule before making your travel plans home. You need to attend every class in its entirety to receive a passing grade of "Met All Requirements" (AR).

Prepare for your classes.

Pre-College Passport: Guide to Life Outside of the Classroom.

  • Register for two events in each of these four categories: academic exploration, college readiness, social events, and trips and activities.
  • You’ll receive detailed information on how to sign up for passport co-curricular activities based on your session:
    • Session I: June 11
    • Session II: June 19
    • Session III: June 27
  • Your activities will keep you busy during your entire stay, so be sure not to make plans to leave campus on the weekend.

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 1 to 3 pm at your residence hall on the Sunday your session begins:

  • Session I: June 24
  • Session II: July 8
  • Session III: July 22

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.
  • Parking is extremely limited in Harvard Square. If you drive, free parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street garage from 11 am to 11 pm on check-in Sundays. We strongly recommend you park at the garage before heading to the Pre-College residence halls, as there is only limited vehicular access to the residences on Sundays. Free shuttle services are available from 11 am to 4:30 pm to take you between the garage, check-in, and orientation locations.
  • 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.
  • 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 help you with any room essentials you still need.

Attend welcome and orientation.

  • Program and residential staff will hold a welcome for students and families at 3:30 pm in Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall. One parent or guardian may accompany each student to the orientation. If seating allows, additional family members may be permitted inside Sanders Theatre after each student and their guest is seated. Proctors will be available in front of Dunster and Mather Houses after check-in concludes to direct students and families to Sanders Theatre.
  • Families should plan to depart after the welcome event and leave no later than 4:15 pm.
  • Student orientation will begin shortly afterwards at 4:30 pm in Sanders Theatre.

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. Tours will leave from Sanders Theatre at 5:15 pm following the conclusion of student orientation.

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 front of your proctor's door 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 1 and 3 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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