College Life


Harvard’s Planning for an In-Person Fall Comes As ‘A Relief’ to College Students

Many students reacted with elation to Monday’s announcement that the Faculty of Arts and Sciences is “expecting a full return to campus” and a return to “in-person learning” for the fall 2021 semester.


HUHS Opens Applications for Centralized Peer Education Group, Prepares for Fall Launch

Harvard University Health Services’s Center for Wellness and Health Promotion opened applications last week for undergraduates to join a merged peer education program that HUHS will launch in fall 2021 as part of an overhaul to the University’s peer education system.


Bacow Hopes for ‘As Close to a Traditional’ Post-Covid Commencement As Possible for Classes of ’20, ’21

University President Lawrence S. Bacow said in an interview Thursday that Harvard intends for future in-person celebrations for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 to closely mirror traditional Commencement Exercises with just “as much pomp and circumstance.”


Khurana Says College Has Yet to Finalize Summer Housing, Planning for ‘Fully Operational Campus’ in Fall

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana said in a Friday interview that Harvard has yet to decide whether it will offer on-campus housing for Harvard Summer School, though he said the College is planning for a “fully operational campus” in the fall.


Rethinking the Science Thesis: Rising Seniors Adapt Lab Research Amid Covid-19

Laboratories affiliated with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences have scaled-down operations since March of last year due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Against this backdrop, science concentrators in the Class of 2022 have been planning and adapting their senior theses with these restrictions in mind.


‘It’s Just More Time to Do Homework’: College Students Say Wellness Days Do Not Provide Adequate Break

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay announced last fall that FAS would not hold a spring break in 2021 to minimize travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic and would instead designate five “wellness days,” each held on different days of the week, throughout the spring semester.


Undergraduates Celebrate Second Consecutive Virtual Housing Day

Bedecked in House-themed paraphernalia and boasting festive Zoom backgrounds, undergraduates welcomed members of the Class of 2024 to their upperclassmen houses during the College’s second consecutive virtual Housing Day Friday.


Dean of Students Office Discusses Housing Day, Anti-Racism Goals

Associate Dean of Students Lauren E. Brandt ’01 and Associate Dean of Students for Inclusion and Belonging Alta Mauro discussed virtual Housing Day and the Dean of Students Office’s commitment to anti-racism in a March 1 interview.


Students Report Remote Year Rife with Adverse Mental Health

In the year since the College transitioned to remote learning, some undergraduates said they have grappled with mental health crises while struggling to succeed in virtual classes and navigating unsupportive learning environments. Some students said Harvard has not done enough to support them.


Away From Harvard’s Libraries and Lecture Halls, Low-Income Students Face Academic Challenges During Remote Year

While Harvard students study in the same libraries and learn in the same lecture halls during normal times, the coronavirus pandemic has done away with those shared academic resources, highlighting inequalities that previously existed within the student body.


Meena Venkataramanan ’21 Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Meena Venkataramanan ’21 was named a member of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship Class of 2021 on Feb. 8, making her one of 24 U.S. citizens tapped to receive full funding for graduate studies at the University of Cambridge.


Religious Groups Keep Faith During Pandemic, Remote Academic Year

As the College approaches the first anniversary of sending students home due to the pandemic, students said they have adopted new ways to practice their faith in the Covid-19 era, including attending reduced-capacity services, convening for religious conversations over Zoom, and seeking support from Harvard chaplains.


‘It’s Not Getting Any Better’: Undergrads in Texas Contend with Snow, Power Outages

Many Harvard students in Texas — some enrolled but living at home due to the coronavirus pandemic — were left without power this week as a severe winter storm pummeled pockets of the United States, leaving at least 47 dead.


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