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Harvard College Parents Connection

Message from the Dean

Dean Khurana

Dear Harvard College Parents and Guardians,

Classes are underway, student activities are in full swing, and students are bringing a special energy and enthusiasm to all aspects of their College life. Spring is an exciting time at Harvard – whether your student just reached the halfway point of freshman year or is heading into the home stretch before Commencement. But for many students, this point of the academic year can be as stressful as it is exciting.

In the coming weeks, I encourage you to reach out to your student – before the chaos of Reading Period (April 27-May 3), final examinations and papers (May 4-May 13), and Commencement (May 25), to offer your own support, and remind them that there are a number of people at the College, including faculty, staff, tutors, proctors, Faculty Deans, and Yard and House Deans who stand ready to help if needed.

Thank you for everything you do to support your learners through their Harvard journey.

Rakesh Khurana
Danoff Dean of Harvard College


Plan Ahead!

Image from Commencement
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Is your student graduating this year? Start planning ahead by visiting Harvard’s Commencement Office for additional information.




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Get Involved

Help your student explore the world »

Harvard College is deeply committed to preparing your students to be responsible citizens and citizen leaders for our global society. Study abroad provides year-, term- and summer-long opportunities for students to immerse themselves in different countries and cultures, forming perspectives they can then bring back to campus. Please visit Harvard’s Office of International Education for more information. Additionally, please visit Global Support Services (GSS) at Harvard University to learn about the tools and guidance GSS provides to travelers to help them as they go abroad.

Help students connect to jobs »

Do you know of entry-level jobs or summer internships in your field or region? The Office of Career Services specializes in entry-level opportunities for current students and recent alumni, and parents can post positions for free and can opt to be a contact for Harvard College students. Visit the Office of Career Services for more information.


Did You Know?

Harvard University’s ARTS FIRST, an annual festival of student and faculty creativity, celebrates its 25th anniversary Thursday-Sunday, April 27-30, 2017, This campus-wide celebration will include the Harvard Arts Medal ceremony honoring actor John Lithgow; a special performance showcasing achievements of alumni/ae and student artists; a Performance Fair featuring over 100 live performances and interactive art-making; and an afternoon of jazz—almost all family friendly and free of charge! For more information visit the Office of the Arts.

Images for Housing Day


Scenes from Housing Day 2017

A celebration steeped in pride and camaraderie, Housing Day kicked off with the traditional race to the Yard, where current residents displayed the unique cultures, personalities, and even mascots of their Houses. Colorful T-shirts with House-specific slogans, moose ears, penguin costumes, stuffed lions, banners, and flags were just a few pieces of House spirit on display.


Watch the Celebration!


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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