Orientation

Orientation programming includes opportunities to learn about your academic program and engage with faculty, to connect with the co-curricular resources that are available to support your success, to hear from School leadership, and to begin to form meaningful connections with your peers and colleagues. Information presented and courses taught during Orientation are essential to your success at the School.

Students are required to attend all scheduled days of orientation programming. Please make your plans accordingly.

View upcoming orientation dates for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Looking for ways to start connecting and networking with your incoming peers?

Sign up for the incoming students Slack channel to begin to form meaningful connections, share information and tips, and prepare to begin your Harvard Chan career. Sign up here to opt in to the #incoming-students-2021 Slack channel. On April 1, 2021 you’ll receive an email from the Office for Student Affairs for details on how to access Slack.

Orientation Purpose and Mission

As a result of participating in Orientation, new students will become familiar with information and resources to successfully transition to become members of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health community and will be prepared to succeed and:

  • Become aware and understand the School’s expectations and what it means to be a member of the Harvard Chan community inside and outside of the classroom
  • Develop a sense of belonging within the Harvard Chan community by participating in opportunities to connect and begin to form meaningful relationships with faculty, staff, academic appointees, and other students
  • Be introduced to services and resources at the Harvard Chan School that support their educational and personal goals
  • Learn how to succeed academically. They will become knowledgeable about academic requirements, course offerings, registration procedures, and academic support resources.