For Prospective Students

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For prospective Undergraduates For prospective Graduate Students Continuing and Online Education

Those interested in obtaining an undergraduate degree from Harvard should visit the College's admissions website for application information and materials, deadlines, fees and financial aid information, and general tips and guidance about student life and the application process. There is a section for international applicants, a helpful FAQ section, information about visiting the campus, and sections on living at Harvard as well as life beyond the classroom. To discover information sessions about Harvard (and four other universities) in your home state or country, go to Exploring College Options.

For a student perspective, you may want to check out the Harvard Crimson, "the nation's oldest continuously published daily college newspaper."

Those interested in obtaining a graduate degree from Harvard should visit the prospective students section of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) website. Here you can find application materials as well as information about admission requirements, fees, financial aid, student life, and much more. The GSAS offers an English language and American culture program for international students before matriculation. There are more than 60 programs of study, including sixteen interfaculty programs (with the Law School, Kennedy School, Business School, Medical School/MIT, and School of Public Health). A PhD degree typically requires at least five years of study; a master's degree (not offered in every program) typically requires about two years. The deadline for applications is typically in December for enrollment the following August (but see the website for precise dates).

The Division of Continuing Education in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences offers a variety of open-enrollment evening, online, and summer school courses, as well as professional development seminars and peer teaching for retirees.

Anyone interested in free online courses from Harvard, MIT, and (as of 2013) nearly thirty other schools around the world should check out the offerings from edX.