College Life


Student Focus Group Instructed to Assume Harvard Will Bring Up to 40 Percent of Undergraduates Back in the Fall

Undergraduates who return to campus may have to form self-contained social “pods,” submit to regular testing, and face discipline for breaking Harvard College social distancing rules, according to students who attended focus groups this week.


College Announces New Faculty Deans in Five Houses

Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana announced that five new faculty deans will join Cabot House, Eliot House, Kirkland House, Quincy House, and Winthrop House beginning July 1 in Thursday emails to affiliates of those Houses.


Five Takeaways from Harvard College’s Fall Planning Town Hall

Harvard College hosted a town hall Tuesday afternoon for affiliates to hear about the administration’s planning process for what is certain to be a singular fall semester.


Comedian Conan O’Brien Addresses College Class of 2020

In Harvard College’s first-ever virtual graduation ceremony, the Class of 2020 celebrated its achievements and commemorated its losses on Thursday with a colorful address from comedian Conan C. O’Brien ’85.


Harvard Students Report Strain of Online Semester in Undergrad Council Survey

The Undergraduate Council’s Student Experience Survey found students were dissatisfied with their transition to online learning and hope to return to campus this fall, according to a summary of the data presented this week.


'Nearly All' Respondents to Undergraduate Survey Prefer Fall On-Campus, Khurana Says

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana said in a Tuesday interview that “nearly all” respondents to a College-wide survey about the coming semester expressed a strong desire to return to Harvard’s residential campus in the fall.


‘A Ghost Town’: Harvard's Resident Tutors Cope with Changing Roles, Empty Houses

Since students’ departure, House resident tutors have balanced their responsibilities for their students, Houses, and jobs — all the while taking care of themselves in the middle of an unprecedented time in the history of Harvard’s campus.


Conan O’Brien ’85 to Address Harvard Seniors as Part of Commencement Festivities

Comedian and television host Conan O’Brien ’85 will speak at the Class of 2020’s virtual Commencement celebration on May 28, Harvard wrote in an email to College seniors Tuesday afternoon.


As Coronavirus Creates Uncertainty, Admitted Students Weigh Whether to Attend Harvard

Prospective College freshmen often have to weigh a long list of concerns when deciding where to matriculate  — location, academics, housing, social scene. Entrants to the Class of 2024 have one more: how their school of choice will handle the coronavirus pandemic.


Federal Judge Grants Anonymity to Student Plaintiffs in Sanctions Lawsuit

Two Harvard College students suing Harvard over its sanctions against unrecognized single-gender social groups will be allowed to move forward with their lawsuit using pseudonyms, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.


Harvard Undergrads Partner with Common Spaces to Launch Digital Postcard Project

In the wake of campus's closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Harvard undergraduates have developed a “virtual postcard” project for University affiliates to share messages of reflection, hope, and gratitude.


Harvard Junior Braeden Foldenauer Named Truman Scholar

Harvard undergraduate Braeden J. Foldenauer ’21 was one of 62 college students to join the 2020 class of Truman Scholars, a prestigious graduate scholarship awarded to aspiring public servants.


Incoming Harvard Freshman Creates Platform to Supplement 'Virtual Visitas'

Admeeted — a personalized video call platform developed by Harvard undergraduates — aims to virtually connect the incoming Class of 2024 with each other and current Harvard affiliates to help mirror the experience of the cancelled in-person admitted students’ weekend.


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