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Harvard College Parents Connection

Message from the Dean

Dean Khurana

Dear Harvard College Parents and Guardians,

The start of the academic year has arrived, and I am very excited to see our campus and our community active with your students. I know that having a child in college is both rewarding and a bit nerve-wracking. As I said in my email to you earlier this month, you are an important part of our College community, and Harvard offers resources, like this monthly newsletter, to provide you with useful information to better connect you to what is going on in our community and your students’ lives. On behalf of all of us in the Dean’s office, I want to express gratitude for the faith that you have placed in your student and in this institution. We look forward to working in partnership with you throughout this academic year.

Rakesh Khurana
Danoff Dean of Harvard College


Plan Ahead!

Check in for Freshman Family weekend 2016
Freshman Family Weekend
November 4-5, 2016

Please begin thinking about making your preparations.



wintersession  2016
January 13-22, 2017

Please keep Wintersession in mind as you and your student consider travel plans for winter break.




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Get Involved

Parent and Family Programs »

We are pleased to have your student enrolled at Harvard College, and we welcome/welcome back you and your family to a vibrant community of Harvard students, faculty, staff, parents, families, and friends. Please check the Parent and Family Programs page frequently to stay informed about the Office of Student Life’s coordinated opportunities for you to engage with your student and the life of the College, including on-campus events, publications and communications, and connections to campus resources.

Stay Alert »

If you have not already done so, please remind your student to register for MessageMe, a useful tool in Harvard’s emergency notification system.


Did You Know?

There are more than 1,600 members in the class of 2020, with 48 percent of the class being female. Geographical origins are much the same as last year, and U.S. citizens and permanent residents make up more than 88 percent of the class. Asian Americans are a record high 22.6 percent of the class, African-American or black students a record 11.4 percent, Hispanics and Latinos 11 percent, Native Americans 1.9 percent, and Native Hawaiians 0.4 percent.

Dean Khurana and students


The Yard Awakens as Freshman Arrive

After nearly 13 weeks of summer rest, Harvard Yard awoke again as the Class of 2020 officially arrived on campus last week. Harvard President Drew Faust, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith, Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana, and Dean of Freshmen Thomas Dingman conducted their traditional walk around the Yard to greet the freshmen, along with their parents and the occasional sibling, as students carried boxes, pulled suitcases, and lugged small appliances into dorm rooms.




Parent and Family Programs: (617) 495-8663
Financial Aid: (617) 495-1551
Harvard University Health Services (24 hour): (617) 495-5711
HUHS Counseling and Mental Health Services: (617) 495-2042
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Registrar: (617) 495-1543
Housing and Residential Life: (617) 496-2774
Harvard College Fund Parent Engagement Programs: (617) 496-3819
Office of Student Life: (617) 495-1942
Freshman Dean’s Office: (617) 495-7936
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