Information For New Students

New students will have their HUIDs (Harvard University identification numbers) emailed to them approximately one week after accepting their offers of admission. The email will also explain the process for acquiring a HarvardKey, which grants students access to a variety of secure Harvard web sites that allow for a smooth transition to life at the GSD.  If you do not receive an email by July 15, please call 617.496.1237 for the Office of the Registrar.

All new students should upload a photo image of themselves prior to arriving on campus, no later than July 15. Please read the instructions, and then visit the image upload web site. You will need to log in using your new HarvardKey in order to access this site (see the above paragraph for details on HarvardKey).

For incoming international students: International Student Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 24, with sessions to introduce you to the Design School and to living in the U.S. It's also an opportunity to meet other foreign students before becoming immersed in your studies. Please remember to first check in at the Harvard International Office (HIO) upon arriving on campus.  Failure to do so will result in a hold on your ability to add and drop courses when the semester begins.

A reminder to all incoming students: Please resolve all conditions to your admission before orientation. Official copies of transcripts, test scores, grade reports, and any other required documentation must be received in the Admissions Office before orientation and registration in order to be cleared to add and drop courses.  You must also be sure to send your immunization records to Harvard's Medical Records Office (617.495.2055) at Harvard Univesity Health Services.

Information for Admitted Students page

Orientation Schedule

Orientation/Registration FAQ

Information For New and Returning Students

Course Presentation schedule

Current Academic Calendar

(Text-Based) Academic Calendar

Disabilities Welcome Letter

Health Insurance Information

Fulbright Scholarship Information

Traveling Fellowships Information

Cross-Registration Dates and Locations

Harvard University Policy Department Clery Act Report

Harvard University Playing it Safe Handbook

GSD Studio Lottery Guidelines (will be updated in mid-August)

MBTA Pass Information

Also, please check the registration procedures page for information about Fall 2016 registration, studio lottery, cross-registration, and the like.

Resources: Registrar: Registering: Pre-Registration Information

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