Obtaining an HUID & PIN
After April 15th—the deadline for submitting your acceptance deposit—you will receive an email from the GSD Registrar's office providing you with your unique Harvard University ID (HUID) number and detailed instructions on:
- How to create your PIN (password)
- Important websites that require usage of your HUID and PIN, including how to pay your term bill for Fall 2013
- Instructions on how to upload a digital photograph for the creation of your Harvard ID Card
Harvard ID Card
At the end of August, during the registration part of Orientation, all new students* will receive their photo identification card, provided their Fall 2013 term bill has been paid, and a digital photo has been uploaded using the tool on the ID office website.
*Note: International students will also have to provide a check-in confirmation slip from the Harvard International Office (HIO) in order to receive their Harvard ID card.
GSD Email Account
In August, as part of the registration process, you will receive your GSD email alias, which can be forwarded to any account you wish. In the meantime, we will continue to communicate with you via the personal email you supplied in the application process.
In Spring 2011, the GSD faculty voted to "require each student to bring to school a laptop computer, capable of running Windows software." (Note that an Apple Macintosh notebook can satisfy this requirement, with a dual-OS solution that includes Windows, at some extra expense and complication. In fact, many students prefer this option.) This laptop computer should be powerful enough for intensive design related applications in CAD, GIS, animation, simulation, desktop publishing, etc. Please visit GSD Computer Resources for details.
Computer Purchasing Options
Harvard's Technology Product Center offers substantial discounts to Harvard ID holders, and service is easily and conveniently arranged for computers bought from them. They have a showroom in the basement of the Science Center (nearby to the GSD), where some purchases can be picked up and repairs dropped off.
For details on PC vs. Mac (running Parallels or Bootcamp), typical software, suggested minimum requirements and setup for your computer, please visit the Computer Resources Group.
Harvard University is committed to maintaining the integrity and availability of the Harvard network for the vital educational and research purposes for which it was designed and prohibits the use of its network to violate the law, including the U.S. Copyright Act. The unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, violates the Copyright Act and may subject you to civil and criminal liabilities. Harvard complies fully with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).