Actress Natalie Portman ’03 has been selected as Class Day speaker for Harvard College. Portman will address the graduating class on May 27, the day before the 364th Commencement.
At Harvard’s 364th Commencement, award-winning author and journalist Farai Chideya ’90 will lead her class as this year’s chief marshal.
After five years of gathering input from students, faculty, and staff, after lengthy planning, and after careful thinking about the best way to support undergraduates, the Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) will return to Harvard College oversight starting July 1.
On March 31, admission notifications were sent to 1,990 of the record 37,307 who applied for admission to the Harvard College Class of 2019.
Despite the lingering snow in the Yard, Housing Day was in full effect on Thursday as freshmen learned where among the 12 undergraduate House communities they will live, study, and form friendships over the next three years.
A record 37,305 students have applied for admission to Harvard College’s Class of 2019.
Here’s a sound and snapshot sample of Wintersession classes in action.
The fifth annual Harvard College Wintersession featured a host of events, from print-making on clay tablets to yoga classes to programming featuring prominent alumni.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren returned to Harvard, along with others, to advocate that undergraduates consider careers in public service, as part of the “Public Interested” conference.
Ninety-one College seniors were honored at the Midyear Graduates Recognition Ceremony at Knafel Center on Dec. 5.
As protests around the nation continued in the wake of decisions by grand juries in Missouri and New York not to indict police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men, hundreds of Harvard community members expressed their own anger, frustration, and desire for changes in the criminal justice system with a range of campus activities.
A national faculty survey produced by Higher Education Research Institute implies that changes in teaching may be afoot, as lecturers increasingly adopt student-centered and team-based teaching practices. In fact, this recalibration of the pedagogical universe is happening at Harvard, too.
Families converged in Cambridge for Freshman Parents Weekend, the annual welcoming of parents that features faculty presentations, tours of the libraries and museums, and the opportunity to sit in on classes. Approximately 2,000 family members came to Harvard to visit their student over the weekend.
HGSE is launching a new teacher fellows program, giving undergraduates a pathway to teaching careers.
The dedication of the Griffin Financial Aid Office was held Thursday. The new name of the office honors Ken Griffin ’89, who in February made a gift of $150 million to the University, principally supporting need-based financial aid for undergraduates.
Harvard College students hit the open road this summer to help pave the way for wheelchair travelers.
Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall re-opened to students at the beginning of the academic year after 15 months of reconstruction. McKinlock is the second completed project in the House renewal initiative, which is one of the largest and most ambitious capital improvement campaigns in Harvard College history and a major campaign priority.
The Class of 2018 gathered at Freshman Convocation to hear from University leaders on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Revitalized Stone Hall wins platinum level LEED certification. The project was also honored by the Cambridge Historical Commission as part of its annual Preservation Awards Program for the extraordinary efforts undertaken to conserve and protect Cambridge’s historic architecture.
As freshmen move into dorms in and around the Yard, fellow students, faculty, and administrators offer tips on how best to adjust to the Harvard experience, from maintaining basic wellness to exploring the vast resources Harvard has to offer.
Harvard’s Summer School offers students young and old access to the University’s archives, museums, and libraries, as well as more than 300 courses.
Rakesh Khurana became dean of Harvard College on July 1. On his first official day on the job, he reflected on the College’s power to transform undergraduates, and as a result to change society for the better.
Harvard Heroes ceremony celebrates 64 unsung staffers for their unusual and valuable contributions to University life.
Arthur Spirling, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Government Department, and Stacey Combes, associate professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, are this year’s winners of the Roslyn Abramson Award.
House renewal is one of the largest and most ambitious capital improvement campaigns in Harvard College history, aiming to transform the student experience by ensuring that each House can strongly support the learning and living needs of the modern undergraduate.
When the leadership of Harvard College changes hands later this summer from interim Dean Donald Pfister to incoming Dean Rakesh Khurana, undergraduates will find that while the life experiences and research backgrounds of the two couldn’t be more different, their focus on the job of dean is the same.
After leaving Brazil at age 11 for the United States, Eric Westphal ’14 learned English and started climbing life’s ladder, culminating as an honors graduate.
A fierce field general on the women's rugby team, Harvard College senior Shelby Lin is also a math and economics star with a bright future.
The Gazette sat down with the new director of Harvard’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Alicia Oeser, to discuss the dual mission of providing support services to those who have experienced sexual assault and offering education and outreach programs to decrease the incidence of sexual assault on campus.
Nearly 82 percent of the students admitted to the Class of 2018 will matriculate at Harvard College, which would be the highest percentage to attend since slightly more than 83 percent of those admitted to the Class of 1973 came in 1969.
Tianhao He ’15, a Mather House sociology concentrator, was named a 2014 Truman Scholar. The annual prize, which recognizes college juniors with an interest in a career in public service, provides up to $30,000 toward graduate school.
The Harvard Women’s Center honored an undergraduate and an innovative entrepreneur during the Women’s Leadership awards. The awards have a legacy of distinguished recipients and recognize “contributions by women that challenge, motivate, and inspire.”
The renovation of Dunster House, which will be the first full House to undergo renewal, is to begin immediately after Commencement and last 15 months. The Dunster community will be relocated for the next academic year to “swing” facilities, with its temporary hub at the former Inn at Harvard, which is undergoing a complete renovation. Other House communities will also stay at the inn during future renewals.
Harvard President Drew Faust convened a panel of top female leaders in media, business, and government to talk about the evolving role of women, and the challenges as well as opportunities facing women today.
Three specialists spoke to students about the benefits of intuitive eating in an event at Sever Hall.
Harvard College has sent admission notifications to 2,023 students, 5.9 percent of the applicant pool of 34,295. Included are record numbers of African-American and Latino students, who constitute 11.9 and 13 percent of the admitted class, respectively.
Two Harvard College students deliver pizza (with some STEM education baked in) to Cambridge middle school kids.
A new course on how to handle big data designed by Assistant Statistics Professor Luke Bornn immerses students in a competitive environment, driven by peer learning, to understand how to handle the massive data sets common in real-world problems.
Junior Parents Weekend drew more than 1,300 relatives and guests of the Class of 2015.
In a new master class series at HGSE, David Malan demonstrates why his course CS50, is wildly popular and what goes into creating memorable learning experiences for students.
Interim College Dean Donald H. Pfister touched base with students on a Harvard shuttle bus this week.
Harvard University announced today that alumnus Kenneth Griffin, A.B. ’89, founder and chief executive officer of Citadel, has made the largest gift in Harvard College history. The $150 million gift is principally focused on supporting Harvard’s financial aid program.
For 10 days in January, near the end of Winter break but just before classes resumed, students across Harvard took advantage of a wide array of programming that ranged from artistic and creative pursuits to career and professional development opportunities, recreational activities, and practical skills development.
Professor Jonathan Zittrain, founder and director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, talks about Facebook’s past, present, and future as it turns 10 years old.
Harvard experts convened to discuss the big issues and parties at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Applications to Harvard have remained near record highs for the fourth year in a row. This year, 34,295 sought admission to the Class of 2018.
Newly revealed plans for the renewal of Dunster House show significantly expanded social and program spaces and new horizontal corridors that will complement the traditional vertical entryways.
Wintersession is the time between terms that allows students who have returned before the start of classes to experience unique opportunities they may not otherwise pursue during the semester. Once again this year, undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and alumni came together to participate in a vast array of programming.
Rakesh Khurana, the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School and co-master of Cabot House, will become dean of Harvard College on July 1. In a question-and-answer session, he discussed how his career and tenure as House co-master helped prepare him for the tasks ahead.
Rakesh Khurana, Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School and co-master of Cabot House, has been named the new dean of Harvard College.