Orientation for incoming students will take place August 27-September 2, 2019.  Please note orientation is required for all incoming students.

Prior to Orientation
All students are required to provide their own laptops. Please see Computer Resources for general information and the Student Technology Guide with more details.

International Students
Once you arrive, please remember to check in with the Harvard International Office (HIO) before coming to International Orientation. Your ability to register for courses will be blocked until we get clearance from the HIO.

Terms of Enrollment
All requirements must be completed prior to orientation and in order to be allowed to register. This means that we must have official copies of transcripts showing your degree and date received; any required courses such as calculus, physics, history, visual arts, history of the built environment, and environmental science must be completed and transcripts received; pre-term workshops attended; immunization records received; and so on. If you are unclear about any of the requirements listed on your application status page, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Orientation & Registration Schedule

General Outline
(Specifics will be finalized later in the summer)

Monday, August 27
Morning: Student Services and Student Leadership
Lunch provided
Afternoon: Student Health, Safety, and Wellness (including Rights and Responsibilities)
Early Evening: International Student Orientation (required for all international students)

Tuesday, August 28
Morning: Academic and Professional Resources
Lunch on own
Afternoon: Technology resources; Resource Fair

Wednesday, August 29
Morning: Required Workshops, Tutorials, and Tours
Lunch on own
Afternoon: Welcome from Dean, Introduction to Academic Programs

Thursday, August 30
Morning: Required Workshops, Tutorials, and Tours; Option Studio Presentations
Lunch on own
Afternoon: Required Workshops, Tutorials, and Tours

Friday, August 31
Morning: Required Workshops, Tutorials, and Tours
Lunch on own
Afternoon: Required Workshops, Tutorials, and Tours
Evening: Welcome Barbecue
Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2
Required Departmental Workshops

Disability Services

If you know or suspect that you have a physical, learning and/or psychological disability, please get in touch with Laura Snowdon, Dean of Students, as early as possible to allow for any preparation that must take place before the semester begins. For known conditions, documentation should include a clinical assessment of your disability as well as any recommendations that would be helpful in determining accommodations at the GSD. (In the event that the documentation is not adequate, you will be asked for further documentation or testing.) Ms. Snowdon can also advise you about additional resources at Harvard, such as through University Health Services, and/or outside support services.

Laura Snowdon
Dean of Students

Safety on the Harvard Campus

Harvard Police Department Cleary Act Report
Harvard Playing it Safe Handbook