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Harvard College Parents Connection

Message from the Dean

Dean Khurana

Dear Harvard College Parents and Guardians,

Harvard College and the City of Cambridge continues to endure relatively calm winter weather and the past few days have brought 60-degree temperatures, robust sunshine, and a spring awakening. Classes and activities are in full swing, and over the next few weeks, the College looks forward to our annual Housing Day on March 9, and the Harvard Foundation’s annual Cultural Rhythms and Humanitarian of the Year events. I look forward to engaging with you and your students both on and off campus.

Rakesh Khurana
Danoff Dean of Harvard College


Plan Ahead!

Housing Day 2016
Housing Day
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Housing Day is coming up fast. This annual event sees students sorted into one of Harvard’s 12 upperclass Houses. Freshmen are informed of their House assignment by the residents of their new Houses, who storm their dorm rooms with the good news. Follow the excitement on social media via #HousingDay2017 and by visiting college.harvard.edu on March 9, 2017.



Students walking around campus
Spring Recess
March 11-19, 2017

Spring recess is right around the corner. Please note the dates. If your student plans to stay on campus, the Office of Student Life asks them to notify us by March 5, 2017.




In Case You Missed It ...
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Lab opens doors for an undergrad experience
For most college freshmen, working in a lab typically means following the step-by-step instructions of class assignments with the goal of performing a specific experiment to produce a predetermined result. But a handful of Harvard freshmen got the chance to experience real lab work by exploring how altering genes in yeast affected the cells’ functions. Read more 


Harvard men’s hockey regains Beanpot title
Harvard men’s hockey topped Boston University recently, to earn the 65th Beanpot Championship, capturing a title it had not held since 1993. Read more 



Get Involved

Parent and family involvement opportunities »

As an important member of the Harvard community, you might be looking for a way to participate in the life of the College. Visit Parent Involvement on the Parent and Family Programs website to see a few meaningful ways for you to connect with Harvard.


Did You Know?

Harvard College received 39,494 applications for its Class of 2021, setting a new record for the third year in a row and surpassing last year’s total by 450 applications.

Guests Dorell B. (from left) and Janet B. pose with fifth-year Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student Sam Wellington. Dorell is hoping to enroll at Bunker Hill Community College. Janet is studying to be a veterinarian at Roxbury Community College. Both appreciate the help Y2Y gives them with housing and job issues, as well as the stress-free environment there. Sam studies tuberculosis and will be getting her Ph.D. in chemical biology this spring. She volunteers for nearly 30 hours a week, and appreciates the people focus at Y2Y, so different from her lab work.


Students shelter homeless youth at Y2Y

Y2Y Harvard Square is believed to be the nation’s first student-run homeless shelter exclusively for young adults. A Phillips Brooks House Association program, Y2Y was founded by two Harvard College graduates and is staffed mostly by students at the College. Click through to see photos from this student-driven organization.




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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