Registration Procedures

Important Deadlines

August 5
You will be able to access and complete the online check-in process via my.Harvard.  If you are a new student (not returning), be sure to have uploaded your photo at the ID Office’s photo upload site before completing this process.

August 8
You will be able to add courses to your Crimson Cart and validate them in my.Harvard. Note that actually submitting your enrollment in GSD courses, via the Crimson Cart, will not begin until August 30. Where available, GSD course videos can be viewed on the Courses page by clicking on a course’s title, assuming the instructor has uploaded one.

August 23
The Option Studio lottery, MDesS Advanced Course Selection Process, and the limited-enrollment lottery will all open at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23 via my.Harvard.

August 25
The option studio lottery will close at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, with the results posted in my.Harvard later that afternoon.

August 26
The MDesS Advanced Course Selection Process will close at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 26, with the results posted in the early evening.

August 29
The limited-enrollment lottery will close at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 29, with the results posted in my.Harvard later that evening.

August 30
On this date, you can officially enroll and drop courses via your Crimson Cart in my.Harvard.

August 31
Classes begin.

Please note that on Wednesday, August 31, the GSD will be utilizing a Monday class schedule. Any classes that normally meet on Mondays will meet on Wednesday, August 31. The first day that a Wednesday class will meet is September 7.

All students must complete the check-in process in my.Harvard by Wednesday, August 31 at 11:59 p.m. Students who complete the check-in process after this date will have a $30.00 fee charged to their term bills weekly until Wednesday, September 14, when they will be withdrawn from the GSD.

September 7
Final course add/drops for no fee will be due on Wednesday, September 7, by 11:59 p.m. via my.Harvard.

September 8 through September 14
Students can add and drop any number of courses for a flat $15 charge.

September 14
The last day to withdraw from a module 1 course.

September 15
Each course addition must be done via the late add form (see the Documents tab in my.Harvard), resulting in a $30 fee. All fees will be posted on your bill. Full-term courses that are dropped, which can be affected via my.Harvard, become withdraws. When you withdraw from a course, a ‘WD’ will appear on your transcript in place of a grade. All pdf petitions should be emailed to

December 2
The last day to withdraw from a full semester and module 2 course.

Please Note:
Cross-registration instructions and deadlines can be found on the GSD cross-registration page. Some cross-registration partner schools have early petition deadlines, so please familiarize yourself with them. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact the Registrar. You can petition to enroll in all non-GSD courses via your Crimson Cart in my.Harvard.