Freshmen


Families Flock to Harvard for First-Year Family Weekend

Organized annually by the Dean of Students Office, the weekend consists of activities for freshmen and their relatives, including classroom visits, museum open houses, campus tours, and meals in Annenberg Hall.


Harvard College Institutionalizes First-Year Retreat and Experience Program

The College officially institutionalized the pre-orientation program First-Year Retreat and Experience, which aims to orient under-resourced incoming students to life at Harvard, FYRE leadership announced Tuesday.


The Crimson's Freshman Survey: Meet the Class of 2023

This year’s Harvard freshmen — like those who came before them — are an exceedingly well-off group relative to the country at large. More than 27 percent of members of the Class of 2023 who answered a question about parental income in a recent Crimson survey said their families make $250,000 or more per year — earnings higher than 95 percent of American households.


Harvard Votes Challenge Targets Freshmen With Move-In Registration Program

In the first year of a new effort to bolster civic engagement among Harvard students, volunteers with Harvard Votes Challenge — a student organization focused on increasing voter turnout at Harvard — helped eligible freshmen register to vote and update their voter registration status.


Peer Advising Fellows Instructed to Limit Academic Advising

Harvard College’s Advising Programs Office has instructed Peer Advising Fellows to not offer directive academic advice to freshmen and to instead refer students to their freshman advisers — a change some veteran PAFs say limits their ability to help freshmen.


Harvard Hall Renovations to Last Through Fall Semester

Major interior and exterior renovations began June 4 on Harvard Hall — one of the oldest and most historic buildings in Harvard Yard — and will continue through the start of second semester, according to Faculty of Arts and Sciences spokesperson Rachael Dane.


Divest at Convocation

Members of Divest Harvard raised a banner calling on Harvard to divest its endowment from fossil fuel industries during University President Lawrence S. Bacow's Convocation address Monday.


Freshman Convocation Brings Divestment Protests, Calls to Action

Freshmen call on Harvard to divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry as Bacow addressed their class Monday during convocation.


Emily Quigley Appointed New Director of Harvard First-Year Outdoor Program

Emily S. Quigley will serve as the new director of Harvard’s First-Year Outdoor Program, as well as the outdoor and recreation coordinator at the Dean of Students Office, Kate Colleran — the senior director for student organizations and resources at the DSO — announced Wednesday.


Nekesa Straker Appointed Senior Assistant Dean of Residential Life and First-Year Students

Nekesa C. Straker will serve as the new senior assistant dean of residential life and first-year students starting next academic year, Associate Dean of Students Lauren E. Brandt announced in an email to undergraduates Thursday afternoon.


College Eliminates Experiential Learning Center, Director to Leave Harvard

The Dean of Students Office will not be moving forward with the Experiential Learning Center, the center’s director Paul R. “Coz” Teplitz ’03-’09 announced in an email to leaders of the First-Year Outdoor Program Thursday.


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