Attend an information session
Admissions officers, often with undergraduates, present information and answer questions about admission to the College, financial aid, academics, extracurriculars and residential life at Harvard, during these hour-long sessions. Reservations are not necessary for information sessions and tours. We do not track or record names of our visitors.
For our current schedule please refer to our Visitor Center Calendar.
Take a tour
Take a student-led tour of the undergraduate campus. Tours last approximately 75 minutes. For our current schedule please refer to our Visitor Center Calendar.
How are the admissions and historical tours different?
The Harvard College Admissions tour is primarily about the Harvard undergraduate experience and is intended for students considering entrance to the College/University. The Harvard Information Center tour focuses on Harvard's history.
Stay overnight in a residence hall
Our office can arrange for high school seniors to stay with volunteer student hosts for one night, Monday through Thursday, from October 1st through early March, while classes are in session. Overnight visits typically end the first week in December and resume the first week in February, just after the beginning of the second semester. We need to hear from you by phone (617-495-1551) or mail at least three weeks in advance for us to be able to confirm your stay with a host.
Attend a class
The Admissions Office provides a list of meeting times and locations of courses held during the academic year that are able to welcome visitors. Course descriptions are available through our online course catalog.
We offer a limited number of on-campus interviews from September through November. Because of heavy demand for these appointments, we encourage candidates to wait for an official interview with local Harvard alumni. Arrangements for these meetings usually occur sometime after an application is submitted.
Explore Harvard Photobook
As part of the 375th celebration, the University has created a new photo book: Explore Harvard: The Yard and Beyond. Presenting contemporary images never before published as well as archival prints, this large-format portrait of the University captures an early spirit of exploration that continues to thrive around the Yard, in the historic lecture halls, in cutting-edge science facilities, and in research outposts around the world. View a slideshow of images from Explore Harvard
Mobile Tour of Harvard Yard
Tour Harvard Yard with any web-enabled smartphone to learn about life at Harvard today as well as the University's 375-year history. Go to yardtour.harvard.edu or visit the iTunes App Store to download the free "Yard Tour" app. This self-guided tour features text descriptions at each stop as well as audio, video, and images — including pictures from the University archives and exclusive inside views of Harvard buildings.